Like most losses, you can point to some plays here or there that might have changed the outcome or at least given them a better chance. But the reality is that the Texans offense couldn't get across the goal line and the squad ultimately made too many mistakes on the way to a 31-3 loss at Indianapolis.
Houston hung in there in the first half. Despite not being able to get a touchdown - there they were, down one score at the break with plenty of time to do something about it.
The defense exited the locker room and promptly threw in a three-and-out. Momentum had been seized. But a pick gave the Colts the ball right back. Two plays later, they were celebrating in the end zone and the game slipped away from there.
The Texans had the ball in Indy territory five times but came away with only three points. The turnovers killed. Davis Mills threw two picks and David Johnson fumbled in Colts territory in the second half.
Houston was close to Indy in yardage and had more first downs. But being minus-three in the turnover department was a huge factor. The Texans were also prone to the big play with three of them doing major damage.
T.Y. Hilton, back from neck surgery, haunted the Texans with four catches. The biggest was a 52-yard reception that set up a field goal to help Indy go up 10-0. Paris Campbell had a 51-yard TD catch for the first score of the game and Jonathan Taylor put together an 83-yard blast that led to a four-yard TD run to put a dagger in Houston's hopes.
The Texans registered their best rushing day since Week 1 and, despite the picks, Mills and the passing attack clearly performed better than two weeks ago at Buffalo. Nico Collins returned from injury to catch four passes. Brandin Cooks was stellar with nine receptions for 89 yards. Jonathan Greenard nabbed two sacks to take over the team lead with four.
The penalties were reduced but three early ones, including a false start before the first snap and a hold on the second possession, were costly. It all added up to the most lopsided loss in Indianapolis since 2004, the days of Peyton Manning and the RCA Dome.
And now, goodbye frying pan, hello fire as Houston heads to Phoenix to take on a team that has everyone talking. The Texans will have to transform their level of play quickly to keep up with the Cardinals.
As bad as 31-3 looks and sounds, the Texans have it within their grasp to cut down on errors and be right in the mix with a chance to prevail. They just haven't sustained drives and made timely big plays as they've lost five in a row. It'll be another week of diagnosis and retooling as they get ready to head for the desert and attempt to bounce back.
The Texans will travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals in Week 7 at State Farm Stadium next Sunday.
The next time you can see the Texans at NRG Stadium will be on October 31 as they host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.
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