The Houston Texans’ injury woes continued in a big way, but remarkably they had every chance to win Sunday’s road game against AFC South rival Tennessee. But, in the end, it was another loss, 24-13.
The Texans lost six key players to injury Sunday, four of which were via concussions. The injuries left the Texans with just two receivers — star DeAndre Hopkins and Chris Thompson, the last man on the wide receiver depth chart. Stephen Anderson was the only tight end left, and recently acquired backup running back Andre Ellington had to move to slot receiver (the other receivers were literally giving him pre-snap instructions on several plays).
Even through this injury madness, quarterback Tom Savage had a career day, finishing 31-for-49 with 365 yards and a touchdown throw. But, Savage also did the one thing he’s consistently proven he can do: turn the ball over with the game on the line.
Despite the injuries Sunday to an already injury-decimated roster, the Texans had a chance to to win the game before Savage’s interception on a ball thrown into double coverage in the end zone. And even despite Savage being Savage, it could have been a much different game if not for two missed field goals by place kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn.
It seems like for most of the season, Texans fans have been saying that the team is doing remarkably well despite this, that or the other. And then that statement is followed by a “but” and then something bad.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson was doing remarkably well despite being a rookie, not being named the Week 1 starter and having one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines. But his dream season was cut short due to a torn ACL.
Running back D’Onta Foreman was looking like he was about to break out and steal the starting job a couple weeks ago despite being played sparingly all season. But an Achilles tendon tear on a long touchdown run slammed that door shut.
Despite injuries to Watson and defensive studs J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, the Texans continued to remarkably be competitive and even win some games. But now injury after injury have made winning almost impossible and the losses are mounting in what is a lost 2017 season.
Multiple media outlets have used the Texans’ admirable performances to argue that head coach Bill O’Brien should be brought back for an extended stay at the helm of the team. He shouldn’t, and neither should general manager Rick Smith.
But, that’s a “Case” to be made another day.