While the Texans lost 33-7, I have to admit it went better than expected. Tom Savage looked the best he ever has as a pro, and the defense was outright balling in the first half. Then? The second half happened, and the Rams adjusted...or normalcy returned.
Even through the first half when he played the best ball of his career, Savage averaged just 6.4 y/a and posted a QB rating of 74.4. In other words, his best was still well below average, and there was also the first drive strip sack. I need not touch on the second half. Also, the vast majority of Savage’s success came when throwing to DeAndre Hopkins, who finished with a 7-111-0 line.
Kevin Johnson, Benardrick McKinney, Jadeveon Clowney, and Brennan Scarlett all had excellent games. Unfortunately, unlike in 2016, this defense can only take being on the field for so long.
By the end of the game, though, it turned out to be pretty much what was expected. From the headiness of the win over the Cleveland Browns to the devastating loss of Deshaun Watson to whatever the kitten we just watched, this has been a tough season. And we still have seven (7) games to go.
I’m just gonna repost the end of Luke’s recap from the Colts game:
Games like this make you ask difficult questions. Questions like how was Tom Savage ever slated to be the starter at the beginning of the season? How did we live through football this bad last season? How will we survive the rest of the season without being reduced to imbecility? This is your post-game thread to react accordingly to today’s action.
I’m going to go find a bottle of whiskey.