The St. Louis offense, defense, and special teams each scored in the Rams' 38-13 victory at Reliant Stadium. Three touchdowns by quarterback Sam Bradford, an fumbled kick-off return, and an interception returned for a touchdown all contributed to the Rams’ insurmountable lead over Houston.
"It doesn’t matter how many good things we do right now because we do just so many poor things," head coach Gary Kubiak said after the game. "I’ll just say this – for the past few weeks the finger has been pointed in one direction a lot. But we sprung leaks all over the place today as a football team. We got our butt kicked as a football team. (Head Coach) Jeff (Fisher) and his team did a great job. We just seem to make too many mistakes, key mistakes. Obviously a lot of stuff that is going on is good, but can’t overcome the mistakes right now.”
Despite putting up 420 yards of total offense, the Texans were only able to find the end zone once. Houston had four turnovers, two fumbles and two interceptions. St. Louis returned two of those for touchdowns. The Houston defense was unable to gain any turnovers for the second-straight week.
"That was a big thing and we did not turn the ball over," Fisher said. "We had a couple of offensive penalties late, but keeping the penalties down and protecting the football and not turning it over for us has been very helpful the last two weeks. And keeping our quarterback upright for that matter."
“Matt’s got a little bit of everything on that one leg, so we’ll take a look at it," Kubiak said after the game.
"We are turning the ball over and not playing well," Yates said. "We moved the ball great out there. We had almost 400 yards of total offense. We have to score in the red zone. We have to not give them many chances to win. We can't help any other team. We have to help ourselves. We are just not doing that right now."
In the first half, Houston's offense moved the ball successfully but was unable to score.
St. Louis scored first on a 65-yard drive extended 40 yards by pass interference penalty on
Schaub marched the Texans down the field on Houston's second offensive series, but a fumble by
"They came out and gnashed us in the first half and coach made great adjustments," Rams defensive end Chris Long said. "We did a good job in the second half."
In the second half, the Texans eliminated their penalties but continued to make costly mistakes.
In the third quarter, St. Louis scored back-to-back touchdowns in six seconds. Bradford found receiver Brian Quick in the endzone on a two-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing kickoff,
When Schaub left the game, Yates took over at the St. Louis 23-yard line. On the same drive, Yates threw a pass, intended for
Sam Bradford was 12-of-16 for 117 yards and three touchdown passes. Zac Stacy rushed for 79 yards on 18 carries.
“We just went out and executed," Stacy said. "There were no secrets or anything like that. We knew Houston has one of the best defenses in the league. The main thing for us was to just go out and execute and that’s what we did.”
Arian Foster had 20 carries for 141 yards of rushing and four catches for 57 yards. Foster had a 41-yard gain, his longest since 2011, on short pass from Schaub.
"Nobody thought we would be in this position we're in right now after six games," Johnson said. "It's a disappointment. You've got ten games left and somehow we've got to find a way to win these ten games. That's pretty much it."
The Texans fall to 2-4 on the season and will next head to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on Sunday, October 20.