Vandermeer's View: Knocked Down in NY

Everything that went right the first two weeks seemed to go wrong in the Texans 30-17 loss to the Giants.

Houston's mistakes were plentiful. Three interceptions, a blocked punt, a failed 4th and one conversion in Houston territory and issues against the run lowlighted the Texans' day.

Twenty of New York's points came in short field situations after Texans mistakes. So, as bad as you might think things went defensively, if this team didn't commit so many unforced errors we would

have had a hotly contested affair late in the fourth quarter.

On a day Arian Foster sat out, Alfred Blue and friends struggled to put a consistent ground game together. This forced Bill O'Brien to go to the air and the early results helped put the Texans in a hole they couldn't climb out of.

As bad as things seemed, a quick Texans scoring drive created a mere seven point deficit going into the fourth quarter. But a blocked punt and another bite from the turnover bug ruined the day.

Bill O'Brien and his staff will take a long look at this one. They must solve the run defense, which might have held up if the Giants were put on long fields all day.

 They also have to make sure Fitzpatrick doesn't make as many mistakes, like throwing a pick on third and long late in the first half when a safe play and punt, down seven, would have fine.

There's a long way to go with plenty to work on. This two game road swing is over. The Texans know their basic formula. And they got off the script in New York. You can bet they'll get back to the basics next time out as they return to NRG Stadium.

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