Man, 2020. Am I right?
The Texans have been dragged through a season of hell and have suffered through everything. Bill O’Brien trading DeAndre Hopkins pushed them into the center of the Earth. From there, they have fought their way through a hellish schedule, Will Fuller dropping a kind of, sort of game-tying touchdown catch against the Vikings, Nick Chubb sloshing through a porous run defense, a performance enhancing drug epidemic, and now, a Nick Martin failed snap at the two yard line.
This game was a pretty reckless first half of offense that turned the field into a maelstrom each defense sailed through. Philip Gaines couldn’t cover T.Y. Hilton;for that matter, no one could cover him. Philip Rivers got the ball out pretty quick, hit swing passes, did his little Philip Rivers dance, and danced and danced. Deshaun Watson and Tim Kelly kept the empty sets alive by placing every wide receiver they have out there. Chad Hansen? Hell YEAH. This is your daily reminder Bill O’Brien played DeAndre Carter over Keke Coutee on purpose. Watson would find holes in the zone and scramble as he needed to.
Everything flipped in the second half. Each team’s defense made enormous plays. Indy had an interception. Houston had a 4th and 1 run stop after they sent both Zach Cunningham and Tyrell Adams screaming through the interior. The Colts followed this up with a safety of Watson—which is a good example of why going for it is the right call; the other team has to suffer the field position ramifications if they don’t convert. Then Houston went to work, pushing the ball down the field on the way to a touchdown and a win, all the way to the Colts’ two yard line. Nick Martin’s drunken low snap ended the game there.
Let’s see it.
Let’s play it again.
Oh, yeah, baby. That’s the stuff.
Houston went 9-3 in one score games in 2019, including the postseason. This season, they are 2-5 in such contests.
The Texans head to Chicago to play the Bears on Sunday at 12 p.m. In the meantime, God bless America and go Texans.