Seahawks 23, Texans 20: Congratulations, You've Been Schaubed
What did we learn from the game?
Something that has been clear for some time now is that the Texans simply cannot play "off schedule." They are like a classical orchestra. When it all goes flawlessly, it can be brilliant and beautiful, but the moment they try to improvise, it's a train wreck. Kubiak is so rigid, yet so remarkably conservative, if he were a gambler, he'd be a guy terrified to make a wager, but so addicted that he just bet $1 over and over and over. Unfortunately, this doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon.
What do we never want to see/hear again?
I know I will see it, but I could go a lifetime without seeing Schaub crumble into a fetal position before a defender even hits him. I could have sworn I heard a whimper at one point in the fourth quarter.
Key Moment of the Game
We all know it, but I'll say it for the record: there was no excuse for that pick six in the fourth quarter. With the Texans still up a touchdown and driving on third and short, they call a naked boot that was well defended and Schaub threw it up for grabs against the best secondary in the NFL. Predictably, it was suddenly a tie ballgame.
Game Balls: Arian Foster
Very strong day from Foster, who was also visibly upset after that pick six, probably because the ball should have been in his hands. He wasn't perfect, but he sure looked like his old self.
Not just because he played well before suffering a concussion but because of how the defense cratered after he left the field. He and Watt are clearly both necessary for the Texans defense to be good. He better get back soon.
Goat of the Week: Matt Schaub
In four games this season, Schaub has scored 21 points for the other team. He looks terrified, weak and, to put it simply, overmatched. His decision making -- something most never questioned -- is now a huge concern. He can't improvise and Kubiak wouldn't let him even if he could. I'm not sure how the team can get through the season with him at behind the line and don't think that TJ Yates or Case Keenum are options. They aren't.
Random thought of the week:
I began to feel really bad for Andre Johnson towards the end of this game. Johnson is without question one of the great wide receivers of this generation. Despite playing for some really rotten teams, he has racked up numbers that would make any player jealous. Yet, as he gets closer to the end of his career, he faces the continuing prospect of never going deep into the playoffs thanks to forces beyond his control. A player of his talent and magnitude deserves better.
Next Up: At San Francisco
The 49ers are rapidly turning their sinking season around and the Texans will be saddled with the task of chasing Kaepernick while trying to hold off the stingy Niner defense. It could be a long day San Fran next week.