Rams 38, Texans 13: Time to Admit This Is Not a Good Football Team

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From bad to worse...much worse.
The Texans were supposed to get things straight against what appeared to be a hapless St. Louis Rams team that had struggled in virtually all facets of the game. Turns out, it was the other way around as the Rams feasted on the clearly overmatched Texans and dominated them in all three phases of the game. The rout quickly turned embarrassing after a fumbled kickoff return -- something that was a disaster all game long and included Daniel Manning fumbling in the end zone -- by Keyshawn Martin turned was run back for a touchdown.

Matt Schaub didn't throw a pick six or any interceptions for that matter, but when he had his ankle badly rolled in the third quarter, which was cheered by some fans at Reliant (more on that in a moment), his heralded replacement, TJ Yates, managed to throw his own pick six deep in St. Louis's end of the field. He threw another touchdown in the St. Louis end zone to total four turnovers for the day that takes the Texans to an abysmal -12 on the year in giveaway-takeaway ratio.

If last week was a nightmare drubbing by a better team, this week put the team and fans on notice that this is simply a bad football team. This is not a title contender. The Texans are looking more and more like a contender for a top 10 pick in next year's draft. At this point, they must go 7-3 to keep reach a winning record, 8-2 to get to 10 wins, the amount projected for a team in the AFC to make the playoffs. After the loss to the Rams, they may not mathematically be eliminated from the chase, but they are as good as done.

What went right: Arian Foster

The game plan was to put the ball into Foster's hands against the weak run defense of the Rams. The plan was working early on and Foster racked up 141 yards on 20 carries. He tacked on another 57 yards on 4 catches to go for nearly 200 yards of total offense. He was the lone bright spot in this hideous debacle.


What went wrong: The Defense

The vaunted Texans defense, ranked number one in several statistical categories, was picked apart by a very mediocre Rams offense. They still fail to create any turnovers, give up long drives, including two 80 yarders and one for 65 yards, don't pressure the QB nearly enough and are one of the worst in the red zone in the NFL. This is not a great defense. It is probably not even an average defense at this point. It's time to admit that and figure out how to fix it, if that is possible.

Runner up: One of the biggest failings of the Texans is to point to statistics as the reason they are good. Yet, today provided a stark reminder of how stats can fail. The Texans NEARLY DOUBLED the Rams offensive output 420-216, yet they lost by 25 points.


What must improve: Everything

Special teams is an utter disaster from coverage to returns. Defense, as illustrated above, is falling apart quickly. The offense can't manage to score the ball outside of an occasional field goal. The play calling is as predictable as the sunrise. And the team plays with little discipline racking up 95 yards of penalties. On the whole, this is one of the worst coached and poorest performing squads we've seen in several years.


What should stay the same: Nothing

At this point, maybe setting aside the play of Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and MAYBE JJ Watt, who had his worst game of the year Sunday, everything should be on the table. Players should start losing their jobs and coaches should be considering cleaning up their resumes. Without a drastic change, this is a 4 or 5-win team at which point heads better roll.

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15 comments
jacob_jones72
jacob_jones72

Slaps forehead.. Hello, the only reason Foster had a good game, is because the Rams just didn't focus on him.. No defenses have for a while, now.. If you have the tape, go watch as #20 for the Rams CONTINUALLY IGNORES FOSTER TO RUSH RIGHT AT SCHAUB!..

I have been telling everybody, they sit on the play fake, and disregard Foster, cause they know the Texans cannot beat anyone running the ball, and kicking FGs.. Damn, I wish people would pay attention..

Johnny Blades
Johnny Blades

@ Stephanie Elena Suarez, I kept saying al game yesterday, and it did get worst every play!..it was brutal seeing it fold out live and in person at the stadium yesterday!

Monty Martin
Monty Martin

I don't know that you "throw in the towel" but with a 9% statistical chance of making the playoffs, it might be time to adjust your expectations for this season

Stephanie Elena Suarez
Stephanie Elena Suarez

it's just weird, it's like you have to just stand there and say "jee how could the season get this bad, and go so wrong." =/

Sam Samson
Sam Samson

You mean Houston's wasting it's money? In this economy?

Chris Whatley
Chris Whatley

Houston Texas is full of fair weather fans. They only support the teams that are winning. Houston = FAIL

Costantino Aquaman Martinez
Costantino Aquaman Martinez

What are y'all?? Pussies?? You don't just give up like that!!! You keep playing and be that team that ends the KC streak. You go on and give the fans their money's worth!!!

Tony Gutierrez
Tony Gutierrez

The Houston Oilers started 1-4 one season and ended up 12-4 and in the playoffs

Vernon Chavis
Vernon Chavis

Fire Kubiak! No other team would put up with this.

Xavier Villegas
Xavier Villegas

Fire Kubiak put in Keenum and let Wade be interim head coach till the off season!

Brian Burch
Brian Burch

6 games of 16,, silly question, 12-4 is possible...eliminate the mistakes and this is a hell of a team..

Grinch
Grinch

I remember when Bud Adams was dancing up in his sky box on camera while the Oilers were getting crushed on the field.  

Make some changes. Bob.  This is ridiculous,

Puller58
Puller58 topcommenter

Kubiak made a comment about players "pointing in one direction."  Dead giveaway.  (And indicative of Kubiak's bunker mentality.)  The players are TIRED of carrying Matt Schaub and having Kubiak cover for him.  So the team plays poorly.  So Kubiak threw the rest of the team under the bus.  Guess what Gary, it's YOUR TEAM!  Is McNair the problem?  Yes since he should have fired Kubiak years ago.  So now the season will be one of the team struggling to score points, and the fans screaming for Kubiak's head.  And Vince Young?  Jeez...

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