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RECAP: Stroud injured as Texans lose to Jets 30-6

Nothing good happened here today.

Houston Texans v New York Jets Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

I really don’t know how to start this. There’s just nothing I want to bring up about this game. But I’ll do my best.

The best part of today’s game was the first completion from Stroud to Nico Collins to put Collins over 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his career.

Things only got progressively worse from there.

There’s almost nothing worth mentioning through the first half, where neither team scored and the Houston Texans never even sniffed New York Jets territory.

The only thing of note, and boy was it of note, was said 1,000-yard receiver Nico Collins left the game with a calf injury in the first quarter and did not return.

The lack of Collins, Tank Dell, and tight end Dalton Schultz proved to be too much to overcome for quarterback C.J. Stroud, who struggled in the rain for a miserable 10/23 for 91 yards stat line.

In the third, the dam finally broke when Randall Cobb, yes, that Randall Cobb, hauled in a Zach Wilson pass to put the Jets up 7-0 (with the extra point).

The waters would finally flood through with another Jets touchdown shortly thereafter from Xavier Gipson, putting them up 14-0.

The Texans would finally respond after Christian Harris forced a Zach Wilson fumble and drove down the field for a Devin Singletary touchdown. And thanks to a missed Matt Ammendola extra point, the Texans would only be down 14-6.

That was the last hope I experienced in this game.

Breece Hall would snag a touchdown pass and the Jets would follow that up with a 51 yard field goal.

Things would only get worse from there.

C.J. Stroud, who many had as a shoo-in for Offensive Rookie of the Year and possibly even MVP talk, left the game late in the fourth quarter under the concussion protocol and would not return to the game.

Davis Mills would re-enter daily Texans talk and threw for 1/5 for three yards the rest of the game.

The Jets would score two more meaningless field goals and win 30-6.

In light of the potential for significant missed time for C.J. Stroud, the loss itself is rendered meaningless.

I think this game, in terms of total crappy play and injuries that could potentially derail a golden season, this might be the single worst game in Houston Texans history.

Here’s the short list of players who were injured today:

C.J. Stroud (concussion)
Nico Collins (calf)
Will Anderson Jr. (ankle)
Blake Cashman (hamstring)
Tavierre Thomas (hamstring)

Those are significant pieces of both offense and defense. Added to the already overfat injured list, and this could prove to be too much for the Texans to overcome in four games. Time’s running out and injuries are piling up.

Can the Texans do it? Potentially. The rest of the schedule is fairly soft (Traitors 2x, Browns, Colts), so it’s not impossible to run the table.

Anyway, I’m going to go take a nap now. Talk amongst yourselves.