The only thing the Houston Texans have to be grateful for is next week’s bye week. Extending the losing streak to 5, the Houston Texans fell to the 7-0 Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday. With Case Keenum making his QB debut, there was a sliver of hope for the Texans to win the game. In fairness, Keenum had an impressive showing. He threw for 271 yards including one touchdown pass. But despite the spark that was Case Keenum, the Texans fell victim to their old habits. Houston committed 4 penalties costing them 40 yards on Sunday. That adds to the abysmal season total of 46 penalties for 459 yards. Not only did the Texans play undisciplined football, but they had virtually no pass rush defense, allowing Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles to slice through the defense 21 times.
Sadly, the game was not all that the Texans lost on Sunday. In the first quarter, RB Arian Foster left the game after aggravating his hamstring – the same one that plagued him in practice the week before. LB Brian Cushing also
went down in the third quarter after a low block by Charles. Cushing left the game and it was later reported that he has a broken left leg and a torn ligament in his left knee – the same knee in which he suffered a torn ACL in week 5 of the 2012 season. Cushing will miss the rest of the season and will require surgery. Ben Tate, the only eligible RB once Foster went down, suffered four broken ribs in the loss. He left the game for a time but returned to finish the game. In all, it was a bad and painful day at the office for the Texans.
So the question is: where do the Texans go from here? With a 2-5 record and the Broncos, Patriots and Colts (twice) still left on the schedule, a betting man might wager that this season is over. O-V-E-R. I tend to agree.
Coaching continues to be a problem. Although head coach Gary Kubiak kept Keenum in the shotgun format for most of the game and did allow him to launch a few downfield, there was still no magic in the playcalling. Penalties are just a problem. There is no excuse for the lack of discipline for a team that has won their division in the past two seasons. The QB question is still looming although Kubiak confirmed that as great as Keenum played, Matt Schaub would start against the Colts after the bye week. That is enough to deflate the sails of all of those looking for a change.
In all, the Texans have no spark. They have struggled to find one since the week before the blowout in New England in week 13 of the 2013 regular season. To say that the team can come back from this slump is a stretch. To say that they still maintain contender status is a joke….but it’s just not that funny.