So I guess the Texans aren't going undefeated. Damn.
Through the first three weeks of the season, it's readily apparent that Bill O'Brien and his staff have made some headway in fixing some of what ailed this team in 2013. However, after Sunday's 30-17 loss to the New York Giants, it's equally apparent that there is still a long way to go to make this team a consistent week to week threat to win football games.
The first half saw the Texans get a heavy dosage of what has become their customary, weekly turnover luck, with the Giants fumbling inside the Texans' ten yard line as well as mishandling a snap on a field goal. Yet still, at halftime, it was 14-0 in favor of the Giants, and could've been 24-0 easily.
The Texans fought back in the second half, cutting the lead to 17-10 late in the third quarter, but in the end, the defense's inability to stop the run (Rashad Jenning just gained another ten yards as you read this sentence), the offensive line's inability to protect Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Ryan Fitzpatrick's inability to protect us all from Evil Ryan Fitzpatrick (three INT's) all led to this team's first loss.
Hey, no harm, no foul, even if the Giants were 0-2. Hell, you could argue, if anything, the Giants' desperation explains a big part of the convincing nature of the win. They needed this. The Texans were overwhelmed, and maybe a little tired (West coast last week, East coast this week).
As always, there were winners and losers. Let's quickly roll through them, shall we?More »