Vandermeer's View: Texans fight but fall short

The game was there for the taking. Thirteen years of frustration ready to be removed. But the Texans couldn't move the ball when they needed to most and fell in another painful loss in Indy.

There was a ton of fight in your Texans. They played with the kind of heart and determination that Bill O'Brien has been preaching since he got here. It still wasn't enough.

Someday, the Texans will win In Indianapolis. Someday they'll leave happy and have something to show for a trip to the Hoosier state. That day will have to be next season, at the earliest, as all they left with is injuries and questions.

Things were already going to be tough enough without Andre Johnson and Garrett Graham

against the league's number one third down defense. But Ryan Fitzpatrick was knocked out of the game in the first half with a leg injury as rookie Tom Savage was assigned the task of making history.

Savage's first pass was on the money to DeAndre Hopkins. And he made some good throws throughout the day. However, it was probably too much to ask him to spark an offense that was already having a tough time with a ten year veteran in the early going.

The defense was superb. They scored with a pick-6 by Kendrick Lewis. J.J. Watt had two sacks and the Colts were held to season lows in points and yards. If you had told the Texans they would hold the Colts to 17 points and less than 300 yards, they would have taken it in a heartbeat.

This one reminded us of the early days of franchise history when moving the ball was a major challenge. Obviously, the injuries played a big part in that. And there's no telling where it's all going in the final two games with much healing to do in short order and a tough Ravens team visiting on Sunday.

The Texans are 7-7, still alive for the post season but now in need of more help than they could possibly expect. Meanwhile, the Colts are celebrating their second straight AFC South crown and the Texans will have to wait another year before they get a shot at hanging another banner high above the field at NRG Stadium.

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