Blown Call on DeAndre Hopkins Costs Texans a TD in Loss to Raiders

DeAndre Hopkins

A blown call on a sideline catch by Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins cost the Texans a potential touchdown during the first quarter of a 27-20 loss Monday night to the Oakland Raiders, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Hopkins tight-roped the sideline, but television replays clearly showed he didn’t step out of bounds as he kept running unencumbered toward the end zone at Estadio Azteca. However, officials blew the play dead and ruled Hopkins out at the Raiders’ 36-yard line after a 24-yard gain.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien attempted to challenge the play, but it’s not reviewable under NFL instant-replay rules. O’Brien threw the red-challenge flag, but wasn’t penalized a timeout even though NFL rules state that teams should lose a timeout if they attempt to challenge a non-reviewable call.

“Let’s go back to the first quarter,” O’Brien said following the defeat. “Was Hopkins out of bounds on that play? No.”

Texans at Jaguars NFL Week 10 Capsule

HOUSTON TEXANS (5-3) AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2-6)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

TEXANS JAGUARS
SERIES LEADER 17-11  
STREAKS 4 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 4-0 Gus Bradley: 2-4
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 8: W 20-13 vs. Detroit) L 19-14 at Kansas City
LAST GAME 1/3/16: Jaguars 6 at Texans 30. Houston RB Alfred Blue rushes for 102 yards. Texans LB Whitney Mercilus has 3.5 sacks, FF & FR.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/18/15: Texans 31, Jaguars 20. Houston QB Brian Hoyer passes for 293 yards & 3 TDs for 119.3 rating. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has 10 catches for 148 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (Hou), 125 (Jax). XM: 382 (Hou), 388 (Jax).

STATS

PASSING Brock Osweiler: 176-297-1719-9-9-73.1 Blake Bortles: 196-331-2156-14-10-80.1
RUSHING Lamar Miller: 153-637-4.2-2 T.J. Yeldon: 70-253-3.6-1
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 40-434-10.9-3 Allen Robinson: 39-442-11.3-4
OFFENSE 313.3 345.4
TAKE/GIVE -7 -12
DEFENSE 316.3 334.5
SACKS Whitney Mercilus: 4.5 Yannick Ngakoue (R): 4
INTs 3 tied: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 48.4 Brad Nortman: 48.1
KICKING Nick Novak: 65 (11/12 PAT; 18/21 FG) Jason Myers: 49 (16/16 PAT; 11/14 FG)

NOTES

TEXANS: QB BROCK OSWEILER is 2-0 as starter vs. division with 523 pass yards & 4 TDs…RB LAMAR MILLER has 286 scrimmage yards (231 rush, 55 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 vs. division. Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3. Ranks 5th in AFC with 637 rush yards…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 17 catches for 237 yards (118.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 meetings. Since 2014, ties for 8th in NFL with 11 100+ yard rec. games. TE C.J. FIEDOROWICZ had rec. TD in last game. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with TD catch. WR WILL FULLER is 3rd among rookies with 372 rec. yards…LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 6.5 sacks, 5 TFL, FF & FR in past 3 vs. Jax. LB BENARDRICK MC KINNEY has 21 tackles & sack in past 2 vs. division. Leads team & ties for 4th in AFC with 73 tackles. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had sack in Week 8. Ties for lead among NFL DEs with 9 TFL. CB KAREEM JACKSON had INT-TD in last meeting. S ANDRE HAL has 3 INTs, incl. INT-TD, in past 2 meetings… JAGUARS: QB BLAKE BORTLES has 544 pass yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97.1 rating in past 2 vs. division…RB CHRIS IVORY had 107 rush yards last week. RB T.J. YELDON had rec. TD last week…WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 194 rec. yards (97 per game) & TD in past 2 meetings. Since 2015, ties for NFL lead with 18 rec. TDs. Has 6 rec. TDs in past 7 at home. WR MARQISE LEE has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. TE JULIUS THOMAS has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Hou. Since 2013, has 32 rec. TDs, most by NFL TE…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY aims for 6th in row vs. Hou. with 10+ tackles. In past 5 meetings, has 63 tackles (12.6 per game), 5 TFL, INT & FF. LB TELVIN SMITH is 1 of 3 players with 275+ tackles (292), 3+ FFs (3) & 2+ INTs (2) since 2014. CB DAVON HOUSE had INT in last meeting. Rookie DE YANNICK NGAKOUE ties for rookie lead with 4 sacks.

Lions vs Texans NFL Week Eight Inactives

Lions: CB Darius Slay, LB DeAndre Levy, RB Dwayne Washington, DT Haloti Ngata, DL Anthony Zettel, OT Corey Robinson, TE Cole Wick

Texans: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Keith Mumphery, S Quintin Demps, ILB Brian Peters, T Jeff Adams, G Oday Aboushi, DE Brandon Dunn

Texans Place OT Derek Newton on IR; Re-Sign OT Jeff Adams

Derek Newton

The Texans placed offensive tackle Derek Newton on injured reserve today and re-signed offensive tackle Jeff Adams, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

In Monday night’s loss at Denver, Newton suffered season-ending injuries to his patellar tendons in both knees and is lost for the season. He’s expected to undergo surgery this week.

Adams, who came to the Texans in 2014 from the Tennessee Titans, was starting at guard early last season when he suffered a torn patellar tendon in his knee and was lost for the season.

Bill O’Brien Says Brock Osweiler Will Remain at QB for the Texans

Brock Osweiler

On a night in which once again quarterback Brock Osweiler was pretty awful, there’s still no indication of coach Bill O’Brien pulling the plug and going with Tom Savage or Brandon Weeden to try and get the offense going.

Osweiler completed 22 of 41 passes for just 131 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions as the Texans suffered a 27-9 loss to the Broncos Monday night.

“He’s a good player,” O’Brien said Tuesday when asked about the QB.

“I think it’s very difficult to come into a new system and a new team and just pick it up right away. I think everybody has to do a better job. Coaches, we all have to do better. I think he can play better. I know that the receivers can run routes better.”

The 4-3 Texans are at home Sunday to host the Lions. Only time will tell if O’Brien decided to make a switch and give someone else a try at the QB spot.

Texans Safety K.J. Dillon Done For the Season with Torn ACL

K.J. Dillon

Following an exciting 26-23 overtime win last night, the Texans learned today they have lost rookie strong safety K.J. Dillon for the season.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the safety tore his ACL and will need surgery.

Dillon immediately grabbed his knee and was helped off the field by trainers. After the game, the fifth-round draft pick from West Virginia was on crutches and went to get a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his knee.

Dillon was backing up strong safety Corey Moore and playing on special teams. He finished the game with one tackle on special teams.

Dillon gamely attempted to play through the serious injury.

Colts at Texans NFL Week Six Capsule

SUNDAY NIGHT

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-3) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (3-2)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  COLTS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER 23-5  
STREAKS 6 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Chuck Pagano: 6-2 Bill O’Brien: 1-3
LAST WEEK W 29-23 vs. Chicago L 31-13 at Minnesota
LAST GAME 12/20/15: Colts 10 at Texans 16. Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins has 8 receptions for 94 yards. Texans RB Alfred Blue has 107 rushing yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/8/15: Colts 27, Texans 20. Indianapolis QB Matt Hasselbeck passes for 213 yards & 2 TDs for 107.4 rating. Colts RB Frank Gore rushes for 98 yards & TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Ind), 81 (Hou). XM: 226 (Ind), 225 (Hou).

STATS

PASSING Andrew Luck: 131-205-1469-10-3-95.4 Brock Osweiler: 109-188-1133-6-7-70.6
RUSHING Frank Gore: 78-328-4.2-2 Lamar Miller: 101-371-3.7-0
RECEIVING T.Y. Hilton: 35 (3L)-507-14.5-3 DeAndre Hopkins: 22-283-12.9-3
OFFENSE 358.6 310.4
TAKE/GIVE 0 -4
DEFENSE 410.6 300.4
SACKS Erik Walden: 4 Whitney Mercilus: 3.5
INTs Darius Butler: 1 Andre Hal, Quintin Demps: 1
PUNTING Pat McAfee: 51.8 (1L) Shane Lechler: 49.7
KICKING Adam Vinatieri: 51 (T1L) (12/12 PAT; 13/13 FG) Nick Novak: 40 (7/7 PAT; 11/14 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK aims for 6th consecutive win vs. Hou. In last game at Hou., passed for 370 yards & 3 TDs. Has won 14 of past 15 starts vs. division…RB FRANK GORE rushed for 98 yards & TD in last game at Hou. Has 12,368 career rush yards & passed HOFer JIM BROWN (12,312) to move into 9th all-time…WR T.Y. HILTON has 21 catches for 432 yards (144 per game) & 4 TDs in past 3 at Hou. In 10/9/14 meeting, had career-high 223 rec. yards. In 11/3/13 game at Hou., had career-best 3 rec. TDs. Had 10 catches for 171 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th consecutive game with TD…LB ERIK WALDEN has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 3. Aims for 4th in row at Hou. with sack. LB ROBERT MATHIS has 8 sacks, 4 FFs & FR in past 11 meetings. Ranks 4th among active NFL players with 118 sacks. S MIKE ADAMS has 2 INTs, FF & FR in past 2 vs. Hou…TEXANS: QB BROCK OSWEILER is 3-0 as starter at home with Hou…RB LAMAR MILLER aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with rush TD. Has 453 scrimmage yards (90.6 per game) in 5 games with Hou…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 19 catches for 263 yards (131.5 per game) in past 2 meetings. WR-PR WILL FULLER leads NFL rookies with 327 rec. yards. WR JAELEN STRONG has 3 TDs in 2 career meetings…LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 10 sacks in past 7 (incl. playoffs). Had sack in last meeting. LB BERNARDRICK MC KINNEY leads team with 48 tackles. Had sack in last meeting. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had career-high 4 TFL last week. Leads team with 8 TFL. LB JOHN SIMON had sack in last meeting. CBs A.J. BOUYE (6) & JOHNATHAN JOSEPH (5) lead club in PD.

Texans Blasted by Vikings in Minnesota 31-13 to Fall to 3-2

Houston Texans v Minnesota Vikings

Adam Thielen caught a touchdown pass to cap Minnesota’s opening drive and finished with a career-high 127 yards, and the Vikings defense flustered Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on their way to a 31-13 victory on Sunday.

Marcus Sherels returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and Cordarelle Patterson scored on another sharp throw by Sam Bradford, who produced another turnover-free game and deftly guided the Vikings (5-0) into their bye week.

Osweiler was overmatched by Minnesota’s relentless rush and coverage, finishing 19 for 42 for 184 yards, one interception and a late touchdown pass while taking four sacks.

The Texans (3-2) were denied on 12 of 13 third downs, unable or unwilling to do much other than dump off short passes. Lamar Miller only had eight carries for 20 yards during a dud of a performance by the Texans that felt a lot like the 27-0 loss at New England two weeks ago.

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