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.