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Incompletions: Texans-Cardinals (Movement In The Charnel House)

With so much to write and talk about after every game, and not enough time for one person to write about it all, the masthead joins together and writes about the Texans finally winning another game.

Arizona Cardinals v Houston Texans Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Matt Weston

Currently it is 12:36 a.m. and I still haven’t watched the Texans play the Cardinals. I woke up on the couch in the ruins of a Saturday night Thansgiving, ate some eggs in the ‘cool’ part of San Antonio, spent time with family, drove 50 minutes each way to get a debit card I left at said egg place, saw the train murder movie, and picked up the pieces for a bit.

I heard what happened. I read the e-mails. I did the math. I wandered through some tweets. I listened to snippets as I drove all over Bexar County. I know Jadeveon Clowney was spectacular, Blaine Gabbert became Blaine Gabbert in the second half, D’Onta Foreman broke out like chlorine-induced eczema, Tom Savage did something, Adrian Peterson was bad, and Johnathan Joseph had a rough game.

It was all so freeing. No longer was I chained to a fanatical obligation. I did the things that I wanted to do instead of doing something I felt like I had to do. Rather than be locked to the television for three hours, I felt the warm November sun and spent time with the people I wanted to spend time with. Today was just such a beautiful thing.

But now it’s time to see it. Now I’ll hit play on the condensed game and be miserable during work tomorrow.

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Luke Beggs:

We won and I don't care. D’Onta Foreman is gone. The reasons to watch this team are shrinking every damn week.

Also, Jadeveon Clowney is destined to never get to play with J.J. Watt.

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I would trade today's "win" for D'Onta Foreman's Achilles tendon in a heartbeat.

Tom Savage probably played the best game in his career, in large part because the offensive line kept him clean. He was still strip-sacked, which he has turned into an actual skill. He's smart enough, like luminaries such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, and Brock Osweiler, to throw to DeAndre Hopkins a lot. Still, Savage threw for a whopping 230 yards and his QB rating was below 100. Even his best is middling.

For me, this game was about defensive disruption led by Jadeveon Clowney. Boy howdy, Clowney has the ability to throw teams off-schedule almost at will.

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Uprooted Texan:

I said it before in HotD: The D'Onta Foreman touchdown was a Pyrrhic touchdown in a Pyrrhic victory for the Texans.

I don't think we have the horses to challenge for a playoff spot, so the one thing we had left was to see what could develop from our young talent. D'Onta was a big piece of that development that many of us were interested in watching over the remaining weeks of the season.

So what's left now? Let's watch and see how the rest of the Texans' 2017 draft class shapes up, how much they develop over the remaining five games; and hope like hell the football gods have exacted enough of a toll on the Texans that they'll finally leave us alone this year.

Mike Bullock

Watching Deshaun Watson light up the field and still lose was far more exciting than watching Tom Savage do his best and win. Not sure how that is a thing, but it is.

D'Onta Foreman added to the pile of players broken during this meaningless campaign.

The "Waiting for Next Season Since 2002" jinx is alive and well in Houston football.

All punctuated on a day when the poster guy for great talent, effort and career wasted on a mediocre team was elevated into the Ring of Honor. Thanks for the memories, 'Dre. Now it's time to forget.


Jadeveon Clowney alone is worth the price of admission each week.

I’m tremendously bummed about D’Onta Foreman’s injury. I’d be disappointed in a season-ending injury regardless, but an Achilles injury has the added heft of potentially affecting Foreman’s career going forward. For it to happen on a touchdown run that effectively put the game away for the Texans encapsulates how 2017 has gone for this team.