More Questions Than Answers About the Texans After Embarrassing Outing in New England

Houston Texans v New England Patriots

There’s no shame in losing to the New England Patriots. Many, many teams have done it, and more will do well before the season is over.

What is shameful today is just how the Texans lost to the Patriots on Thursday night 27-0, and the fact that did it to a third-string QB and to a defense that was beaten up and without some key players entering the game.

After two wins where the Texans imposed their will, they were outhit, outplayed and outcoached in the loss to the Patriots in just about every way.

The issues started with how woeful they were in prepping for a defense in New England that wasn’t nearly 100 percent. I’m not going to get in the mode of calling for the team to bench Brock Osweiler after three games, but the early returns on his Texans career has been nothing to write home about.

Last night he flat out was bad. No touch on his passes, and unless he was throwing to DeAndre Hopkins, he couldn’t hit the side of a barn.

His numbers showed just how bad he was, going 24-for-41 for 196 yards and he threw an awful pick and was sacked twice.

The pick Osweiler was a terrible decision, trying to force a pass to Hopkins in double coverage that was an easy turnover.

The team did the right thing trying to get the run game going with Lamar Miller, but with a severe lack of a pass game, Miller was nowhere near effective.

On the night the back, who ran hard despite being hit by Pats defenders, ran for 80 yards on 21 carries.

While the offense was bad, the defensive game plan against Jacoby Brissett and the Patriots offense deserved a solid ‘F’ on every level.

The tackling from the start of the game was atrocious, with Patriots slipping out of Texans attempts to tackle, and gaining yards after catch and on runs.

LeGarrette Blount averaged 4.4 yards per carry, and went over 100 yards, which is a great indication as to how bad the Texans tackling and game plan was.

Then there was the lack of pressure on Brissett, who had not only time to throw, but when there was some slight pressure, he was able to escape like on the QB’s 27-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter.

Houston came into the game with the NFL’s third-ranked defense and nine sacks through two games, but it looked like a shell of the team that played rather well at home in weeks one and two.

How this team responds now is anyone’s guess. They have 10 days to prepare for a team they know very well, the Tennessee Titans. If they win a couple games after this blowout it will ease the pain of what happened on Thursday.

After watching how easily they were dispatched by the Patriots, there seems to be more questions than answers if that will be the case or not.

Texans vs Patriots NFL Week Three Inactives

Brandon Weeden

The inactives are out for the Texans battle with the Patriots on the road tonight, and New England will be going with QB Jacoby Brissett as second-string QB Jimmy Garoppolo is out with a shoulder injury.

The Pats will be getting one of their big offensive players back, as tight end Rob Gronkowski will make his 2016 debut.

Here’s the inactives for each team:

Patriots inactives: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, LB Dont’a Hightower, RB D.J. Foster, G Jonathan Cooper, OT LaAdrian Waddle, CB Eric Rowe, TE AJ Derby

Texans inactives: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Braxton Miller, SS Eddie Pleasant, ILB Brian Cushing, T Duane Brown, G Oday Aboushi, DE Devon Still,

Texans vs Patriots NFL Week Three Capsule




COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-1 Bill Belichick: 5-1
LAST WEEK W 19-12 vs. Kansas City W 31-24 vs. Miami
LAST GAME 12/13/15: Patriots 27 at Texans 6. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 226 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 4 catches for 87 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/10/12: Patriots 42, Texans 14. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 296 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley adds 72 rushing yards & TD.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli.


PASSING Brock Osweiler: 41-68-499-3-3-79.2 Jacoby Brissett (R): 6-9-92-0-0-100.2 OR

Jimmy Garoppolo: 42-60-498-4-0-117.2

RUSHING Lamar Miller: 53-189-3.6-0 LeGarrette Blount: 51-193-3.8-2
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 12-167-13.9-2 Julian Edelman: 14 (T3L)-142-10.1-0
OFFENSE 347.5 414.0
DEFENSE 274.5 401.5
SACKS John Simon: 2.5 3 tied: 1
INTs Andre Hal: 1 Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon: 1
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 49.2 Ryan Allen: 36.2
KICKING Nick Novak: 24 (T1L) (3/3 PAT; 7/8 FG) Stephen Gostkowski: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/5 FG)


TEXANS: Aim for 2nd 3-0 start in team history (2012)…Head coach BILL O’BRIEN was assistant with NE from 2007-11…QB BROCK OSWEILER won only start vs. NE (11/29/15 with Den.)…RB LAMAR MILLER had rush TD in last game at NE (10/29/15 with Mia.)…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 11 catches for 169 yards in last Thurs. game. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Rookie WR WILL FULLER is 3rd player in NFL history with 100+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 career games…DE J.J. WATT has 6 sacks, 9 TFL & 45-yard FR-TD in 9 Thurs. games. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 76 sacks, most in NFL. Reached 75 sacks in 82nd game, 2nd fastest in NFL history (HOFer REGGIE WHITE). LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 8.5 sacks in past 4 (incl. playoffs). DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks in last meeting…PATRIOTS: Incl. playoffs, have won 27 of past 29 at home…QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO is 2-0 as starter & has 117.2 rating. Rookie QB JACOBY BRISSETT made NFL debut last week & had 100.2 rating…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT rushed for 123 yards in Week 2 & aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR JULIAN EDELMAN aims for 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 100+ yards. Has 7 rec. TDs in past 10. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had 5 catches for 114 yards & TD last week. Has 271 catches since 2012, 4th most by NFL TE. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 10 catches for 214 yards (107 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Hou. Since 2010, has 65 rec. TDs, most in NFL. In past 14 at home (incl. playoffs), has 15 rec. TDs. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week…LB JAMIE COLLINS has 3 sacks & INT in past 3 (incl. playoffs). CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 18 PD since 2015. DE JABAAL SHEARD had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last meeting.

Texans 2-0 Following 19-12 Home Win Over Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs v Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins got Houston going early and defense and special teams did the rest in a 19-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Hopkins had 113 yards receiving and a touchdown and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to help the Texans to the victory.

Novak connected from 32, 24, 31 and 43 yards for the Texans.

Cairo Santos made three field goals in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 19-12, but Houston recovered the onside kick with less than a minute left to seal the victory.

The Texans (2-0) showed that they are a much different team than the one that was embarrassed in a 30-0 wild-card playoff loss to the Chiefs (1-1) in January, when quarterback Brian Hoyer had five turnovers.

New quarterback Brock Osweiler did throw two interceptions but the Chiefs had more trouble taking care of the ball, with Houston’s defense setting a franchise record by recovering three fumbles in the first half.

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Texans Top Bears 23-14; Osweiler Throws for Two TD’s in Debut

Chicago Bears v Houston Texans

The huge offseason investment the Houston Texans made in Brock Osweiler paid immediate dividends in the season opener.

Osweiler threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns in his debut with Houston to lead the Texans and their revamped offense to a 23-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“I think he’s everything that we thought he would be,” Texans owner Bob McNair said.

Osweiler, who signed to a $72 million contract from Denver in the offseason, was helped by an offense filled with playmakers.

“There was nothing about the game that was perfect but we just kept playing … and we made the big plays when we needed to,” Osweiler said.

He completed passes to eight different receivers, led by rookie first-round pick Will Fuller, who became the first player in franchise history to have 100 yards receiving in a debut with 107 and a touchdown.

DeAndre Hopkins added 54 yards and a score and running back Lamar Miller had 106 yards rushing in his first game with the Texans.

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Bears vs Texans NFL Week One Capsule



STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. John Fox: 1-3 Bill O’Brien: 0-0
LAST GAME 11/11/12: Texans 13 at Bears 6. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 102 yards & has TD reception. Texans’ defense forces four turnovers (2 INTs & 2 FRs).
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/28/08: Texans 31, Bears 24. Houston QB Matt Schaub passes for 328 yards & 2 TDs. Texans WR Andre Johnson has 10 receptions for 148 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Chi), 83 (Hou). XM: 382 (Chi), 226 (Hou).

2015 STATS

PASSING Jay Cutler: 311-483-3659-21-11-92.3 Brock Osweiler (Den.): 170-275-1967-10-6-86.4
RUSHING Jeremy Langford: 148-537-3.6-6 Lamar Miller (Mia.): 194-872-4.5-8
RECEIVING Alshon Jeffery: 54-807-14.9-4 DeAndre Hopkins: 111(3L)-1521 (3L)-13.7-11
OFFENSE 344.6 347.8
DEFENSE 345.4 310.2 (3L)
SACKS Lamarr Houston: 7 J.J. Watt: 17.5 (1L)
INTs Kyle Fuller: 2 Andre Hal: 4
PUNTING Pat O’Donnell: 44.2 Shane Lechler: 47.3
KICKING Connor Barth (TB): 92 (25/26 PAT; 23/28 FG) Nick Novak: 83 (29/31 PAT; 18/21 FG)


BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER had 3,659 pass yards with 21 TDs & career-high 92.3 passer rating last year. Franchise leader in rating (85.5), comp. (1,939), comp. pct. (61.9) & pass yards (22,384). Has 90+ rating in past 5 on road…RB JEREMY LANGFORD had 6 rush TDs last year, 3rd most among NFC rookies. Has recorded 80+ scrimmage yards or TD in 4 of past 5 on road. RB KA’ DEEM CAREY has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5…WR ALSHON JEFFERY has 1,100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 seasons. Has 121 catches for 1,795 yards with 11 TDs on road since 2013. Is 1 of 2 in NFC since 2013 with 120+ catches & 1,700+ rec. yards in road games (JULIO JONES). WR EDDIE ROYAL has 2 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Hou. TE ZACH MILLER has 5 TDs in past 8 games…LB LAMARR HOUSTON has sack or INT in 2 of past 3 vs. Hou. LB CHRISTIAN JONES has team-high 147 tackles over past 2 seasons. CB KYLE FULLER ranks 6th among NFC CBs with 117 tackles since 2014…TEXANS: Won AFC South last year, 3rd division title in team history…QB BROCK OSWEILER makes Hou. debut. Started 7 games with Den. in 2015. Made 1st career start at Chi. (11/22/15), completing 20 of 27 (74.1 pct.) for 250 yards with 2 TDs & 0 INTs for 127.1 rating in 17-15 win…RB LAMAR MILLER joins Hou. after 4 seasons in Mia. In past 2 years, has 2,643 scrimmage yards (1,971 rush, 672 rec.) & 19 TDs (16 rush, 3 rec.)…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had career-high 111 catches & 1,521 rec. yards last year. Set franchise record with 11 rec. TDs. Only player in team history with 100+ catches, 1,500+ rec. yards & 10+ rec. TDs in season. Had 6 100-yard games in 2015…DE J.J. WATT was named NFL Defensive Player of Year in 2015. Has won award in 3 of past 4 seasons (2012, 2014, 2015). Since entering NFL in 2011, has 74.5 sacks, most in NFL. Only player in NFL history with 2 seasons with 20+ sacks (2012, 2014). LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had career-best 12 sacks last year. LB BRIAN CUSHING led team with 110 tackles in 2015. CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH led team with career-high 22 PD last season.

Report: Texans to Keep OL Oday Aboushi After Release of Chad Slade

Oday Aboushi

According to Aaron Wilson the Texans will be keeping offensive lineman Oday Aboushi following the release Chad Slade.

The 24-year-old Slade was inked by the team as a rookie free agent on May 8th of 2015.

The Texans claimed Aboushi off of waivers on September 16th of 2015. The Texans’ offensive line coach, Mike Devlin, was Aboushi’s former position coach with the Jets.

Bill O’Brien Wants To Avoid Brawls During Joint Practice With 49ers

Jadeveon Clowney

Last season, the Houston Texans’ joint practice with the Washington Redskins ended in a brawl, which was embarrassing for the coaches, who expect their players to behave like professionals at all times. This year, don’t expect to see anything like last year’s brawl when the team takes on the San Francisco 49ers during joint practices this week. The Texans won the AFC South last season but don’t have excellent Super Bowl odds going into this season.

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that he doesn’t want to see a repeat of what happened during the joint practice with the Redskins last year, and he and 49ers head coach Chip Kelly have warned their players about the repercussions of what happens if they engage in a fight during practice. O’Brien said any players that are involved in fights will be thrown out practice, which means players that are trying to make the final roster can’t afford to blow a golden opportunity to play in the NFL over a fight.

So far, the Texans haven’t had too many fights break out during training camp. On Monday, wide receiver Keith Mumphery and cornerback Robert Nelson were in a scuffle, but the fight was quickly broken up.

Since we are still in the preseason and the coaches are still working on their game plans, O’Brien told reporters that they won’t have a drawn up game plan for their practice with the 49ers. However, O’Brien said he would have his team prepared for the 49ers high tempo offense, and the team will have a call sheet with their plays on it.

O’Brien said the Texans and 49ers will have a joint practice on Friday, but on Saturday the teams will have separate practices as they prepare for their preseason opener on Sunday.

O’Brien said the coaches and players get a lot out of joint practices because they get to play against a new team after practicing against each other for most of the offseason. The coach also said it provided the team with an opportunity to see what the other team’s schemes, tempo, and rosters look like before playing against them in the preseason game.

O’Brien said another advantage of the joint practices is that it gives coaches another way of evaluating some of the players trying to make the team. During regular team practices, these players go up against the same guys every day, which allows them to learn some of their tendencies. At joint practices, they are going up against players they haven’t been up against before and allows coaches to get a look at how they prepare for the unknown.

Texans linebacker Brian Peters told reporters he was excited about the joint practices because he has been practicing against quarterback Brock Osweiler for the past two weeks and would love to try and chase down players from another team and see how he stacks up against other competition.

O’Brien also said that joint practices are a good way to have the team bond because they are able to get together as a team and turn their focus on the members of the opposing team, instead of going after each other like they do in regular practices.