The Texans started today’s game poorly on offense, struggling to move the ball. This changed in the second quarter when a 33 yard deep pass from Brock Osweiler to Will Fuller set up a Osweiler QB sneak for the Texans’ first TD, which put them ahead. The Chargers struck back when Dontrelle Inman burned Quintin Demps on a double move for a 50 yard touchdown to tie the game up. The Texans’ next drive wasn’t the best response with Brock Osweiler turning the ball over. The Chargers capitalised on this with a 21 yard strike from Philip Rivers to Tyrell Williams for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead over the Texans.
The Texans came out after halftime and still could not gain any traction with their offense. One particular drive landed the Texans down in the red zone, but the Texans could not convert, instead settling for a field goal. The Chargers’ offense again responded by driving down the field and finishing a 75 yard drive with a 12 yard pitch and catch between Rivers and rookie TE Hunter Henry. The Texans’ cause wasn’t helped by another Brock Osweiler interception on the next drive, putting the Texans further under the cosh. One final drive by Osweiler and the Texans stalled near midfield when Osweiler couldn’t connect with Braxton Miller on fourth down. From that, the Chargers ran out the clock in order to secure the victory.
The Chargers’ offense worked well, targeting Houston’s safeties and the coverage abilities of the Texans’ ILBs. The Texans struggled to stop these targeted attacks and once Osweiler and the Texans were forced to play from behind, their chances of winning slimmed even further. Osweiler’s turnovers were just the nails in the coffin of the offense’s performance today.
This is your post-game thread to let loose on everything about the Texans’ fifth loss of the season. Enjoy!
P.S. Jadeveon Clowney kicks a$$.
P.P.S. Our closest rival for the AFC South gave up three touchdown passes to Matt Barkley today.