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The Captain's Log 2014, Game 5: "Failure To Launch"

Capt Ron chronicles the Texans' latest overtime game against the Cowboys and the need to move on to the Colts at NRG in just four days.

Not the Fitzpatrick we had hoped for against Dallas...
Not the Fitzpatrick we had hoped for against Dallas...
Tom Pennington


Captain's Log Supplemental

The Texans' defense did enough in the first half to hold the Cowboys to only 3 points until late in the third quarter.  Houston would create two red zone turnovers as well, but it wasn't enough to win the day.  The offense didn't score at all in the first half and failed to put the game away after winning the coin-toss for the first series in overtime.  Houston needs a LOT more out of this offense, especially the passing game, which was limited to 154 yards and no touchdowns today.

The one positive I take away from this is that Bill O'Brien and the staff are excellent at in-game and halftime adjustments to their game plan.  They need to find a way to get this offense going earlier in games, because they won't win all of them that remain close.  I can't even imagine how this would have ended had the defense not been able to get two red zone turnovers.  Kudos to all the traveling fans who rocked that stadium!

Time to put this one behind us.  Aside from an in-state grudge-match, it was mostly a meaningless out of conference game that won't decide any tie-breakers.  In just four days, Houston hosts the division rival Indianapolis Colts.  They need to heal up and prepare quickly!

Go Texans!

Summary of Key Stats

First Downs 15 24
Net Rushing Yards 176 140
Net Passing Yards 154 316
Total Net Yards 330 456
Passing ATT-COMP-INT 16-25-1 28-41-1
Third Down Efficiency 4/13 (30%) 8/14 (57%)
Touchdowns 2 2
Field Goals (made/attempted) 1/1 2/3
Fumbles / Lost 0 / 0 2 / 2
Turnovers (lost) 1 3
Penalties (QTY / Yards) 5 - 35 7 - 56
Sacks (defense) 1 0
Interceptions (defense) 1 1
Fumbles Recovered (defense) 2 0
Time of Possession 31:08 36:07
Red Zone Efficiency 2/3 (66%) 1/3 (33%)
Goal To Go Efficiency 1/1 (100%) 1/1 (100%)
Points From Turnovers 0 0

Around the AFC South...

The Colts edged past the Ravens in a 20-13 win.  They are 3-2 and head to Houston this Thursday to challenge the Texans for the lead in the division.

The Titans are 1-4 after losing at home to the visiting Browns 29-28.  They blew a 28-10 halftime lead, allowing Cleveland to roll up 16 points in the 4th-quarter.  They get to host the Jaguars next week.

The Jaguars lost at home today to the visiting Steelers 17-9, so they are 0-5 on the season.  Jacksonville scored a field goal in each quarter except the fourth, so that's one field goal for each of the three fans in attendance.  They will travel to Tennessee next week, and the networks will broadcast it because the contract says they must.

Sick Bay

"I'm a doctor!  Not a quarterback whisperer!"


  • Jadeveon Clowney is still recovering from knee surgery.
  • A.J. Bouye was inactive this game for a groin injury.
  • Darryl Morris was inactive against the Cowboys due to a leg injury.

Movie Quote (name it):

"Simmons is old!  He should've been out of the game years ago, but he can't stay home because he hates his wife!  You've met her at the Christmas parties.  She's the one that gets plastered and calls him a retard!"

Bravo Zulu -  Arian Foster

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(Bravo Zulu is a naval signal, conveyed by flag hoist or vocal, for "Well Done")

Foster rushed 23 times for 157 yards and the only 2 touchdowns for the Texans yesterday.  He also caught 2 passes for 15 yards and was the obvious bright spot for Houston's offense in the game.  He can't do it alone out there, but he sure does look amazing when he's in the groove!

Stories From The Brig

Ryan Fitzpatrick, and the rest of the offense not named Arian Foster need to get it sorted out if they intend to beat any good teams this season.  I'll leave it at that, because I'm ready to move on.

Movie Quote II (a/k/a the hint):

"Here goes: I sped.  I followed too closely.  I ran a stop sign.  I almost hit a Chevy.  I sped some more.  I failed to yield at a crosswalk.  I changed lanes at the intersection.  I changed lanes without signaling while running a red light and...SPEEDING!"

Fun With Twitter

Way to represent, traveling Texans' fans!!!

We all agree, Fitz:

Shake it off and beat the Colts!

Ship's Galley

Buffalo Wings for Tailgating:

On The Horizon...

Next up, the Texans host the Colts on Thursday Night Football this week!

Last week's Captain's Log: Week 4 v. Bills.

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