Titans 16, Texans 10: And the Texans Are Officially on the Clock
What did we learn from the game?
Despite all the harping on penalties and the bringing referees to practice, the Texans remained an undisciplined lot on Sunday. They only had five penalties for 55 yards, but those came at critical times that stalled or extended drives. The team has played hard, but it does not play smart and those penalties cost them all season long.
What do we never want to see/hear again?
"And Schaub's pass is picked off." I've heard it so many times this year, it haunts my dreams. Up until this season, Schaub was a mostly reliable quarterback. He may not have been dynamic, but he didn't make mistakes. His complete collapse this year was at the root of the problems for the Texans.
Key Moment of the Game
The fumbled snap might qualify, but I just can't ignore the final play from scrimmage by the Texans. With under two minutes to play and the Texans starting with the ball inside their own 10 yard line, Schaub dropped back to pass, threw it deep down the seam and watched it float right into the hands of a Titans defensive back. It was a disturbingly fitting end to an awful season.
Game Balls: Jonathan Grimes
After losing four running backs to injury this season, the Texans were down to short-term signees and practice squad players. Grimes came in and gained over 100 yards on offense, including a touchdown run. It was one bright spot in what was otherwise a "thank God it's finally over" game for Houston.
Goat of the Week: Wade Phillips
Seriously, coach. You kicked a field goal on fourth down and goal with the team down six? You'd lost 13 straight. If there was ever a time to throw caution to the wind, this was it.
Random thought of the week:
It's over. I can't believe it. It's finally over.
Next Up: The Texans are on the clock...
With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select...? Right now, odds are on a quarterback like Teddy Bridgewater, but don't be surprised if they go defense or maybe even trade out of the pick. The speculation will start immediately and heat up once a coach is hired.