The Houston Texans entered this week against the Minnesota Vikings trying to jumpstart the team and party like it’s 2018. Instead, they lost 31-23 to the Vikings. They have fallen to 0-4, effectively putting themselves in an insurmountable hole to even be a playoff team in 2020.
It ended in poetic fashion. Three runs at the goal line, the third of which saw David Johnson drop a speed option pitch and safely recover a fumble of his own. The fourth play saw Deshaun Watson throw a corner route to Will Fuller into the corner of the end zone. The pass was high. Fuller reached up with one hand, tipped it to himself, and made a play that a certain someone used to make all of the time. Then, after further review, the football clearly rubbed across the turf before it came into Fuller’s body. Turnover on downs. Game over. Houston loses 31-23.
The rest of the game saw the same problems we’ve seen from the Houston Texans. Ineffective playcalling until they were down. Then they then spread the ball out and attacked the mismatches. Like last season, and the season before that, it took Houston 40 minutes to realize the best way to attack the Minnesota Vikings is down the sideline. These sideline throws and passes between the linebackers and safeties breathed life into a shoddy offense.
The run defense was atrocious again. Dalvin Cook cut through the interior and broke tackle after tackle. Kirk Cousins was able to exploit man coverage situations by finding Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. This was enough to put up the 31 points needed to beat Houston.
The Vikings played Vikings football. The Texans played Texans football. Gary Kubiak got his REVENGE. Houston is 0-4. They will try to get their first win next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.