Pretty much everyone had to expect that what was left of the injury-decimated Houston Texans would be bad now that star quarterback Deshaun Watson became the latest team standout to suffer a season-ending injury. But that was really bad.

“Our defense kept us in the game. They did a good job. Special teams did a good job. But, it just was just not very good offensively,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said.

In Sunday’s 20-14 loss to Indianapolis, the Texans offense (once again helmed by quarterback Tom Savage) struggled mightily against a Colts defense that was ranked second-to-last in the NFL heading into the game.

Savage (who fans will remember actually was named the Week 1 starter in one of the biggest jokes made by a franchise full of them) finished the game 19-for-44 with 219 yards and a touchdown. And before a late push in the Texans final two drives in the fourth quarter, Savage’s numbers were even more putrid (9-for-29, 96 yards), as accuracy and decision making (repeatedly throwing into double coverage or worse) were issues throughout the game.

“It’s probably the most frustrating game of my life,” Savage said. “It’s just one of those deals that I just wasn’t making the throws and guys were open. I’m not going to give you the politically correct answer and say like, ‘blah blah blah we can get better.’ No, I have to make the throws. I played like crap. That’s what it is.”

As bad as the offensive performance was, though, the Texans still had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, as Savage seemed to shake off some rust in the second half of the fourth quarter.

Trailing 20-7 (with the Texans’ first touchdown coming by way of a sack and forced fumble by Eddie Pleasant that was scooped up by Lamar Houston, who dashed 34 yards to the end zone) at the 9:12 mark of the fourth quarter, Savage led a six-play, 75-yard TD drive (which included the four-year pro’s first career TD pass, a 34-yarder to DeAndre Hopkins) to cut the score to 20-14.

Then, Savage drove the offense down to the Colts’ 7-yard line, but after shaking one of his biggest flaws all day, Savage’s tendency to hold onto the ball too long reared its ugly head on the final play of the game with a strip sack ending the contest at NRG Stadium.

“I could probably do a better job of stepping up in the pocket instead of taking a strip sack,” Savage said. “Ultimately, I was going to 10 (Hopkins). It’s just frustrating.”

Moving forward, Texans fans will hold onto hope that Savage’s decent performance at the end of Sunday’s game will be a sign of better things to come, but realistically, it’s going to be a very long rest of the season without Watson, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus — and there’s still eight games left.

Up next for the rotting corpse of the 2017 Texans (now 3-5 on the season) is a road game against an L.A. Rams team that just put up 51 points on the New York Giants.

Gulp.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

(6) comments

Kay Fritz

Tell us how you really feel, James. By the way, I agree, for whatever it is worth. I am not watching anymore anyway.

Steve Fouga

An average team loses 5 of their best players and a couple of key role players. Now they're a bad team.

It's a bad year to be a bad team, because they traded away 2018 first- and second-round draft picks.

Bill Cochrane

I recant. I am going to watch football. I'm going to root for the team that does not take a knee during the anthem, or do anything disrespectful during the Anthem. I'm going to root for the team that does not boo hoo because the person that signs their multi-million dollar checks says something Sheila Jackson Lee and other race baiters take the wrong way. Let's see. The Astro's don't take a knee. Winners. The Texans take a knee. Losers.

Mark Aaron

Bill: [I recant. I am going to watch football. I'm going to root for the team that does not take a knee during the anthem, or do anything disrespectful during the Anthem. I'm going to root for the team that does not boo hoo because the person that signs their multi-million dollar checks says something Sheila Jackson Lee and other race baiters take the wrong way.]

Sounds more like your problem is with Black people who speak up.

Bill Cochrane

Mark, You will never ever get it. I never implied anything about black, white, yellow, green, male, female, age, etc. YOU seem to have a "black people" thing going on?
The issue is, and always has been that the protests are made during the National Anthem. Now, you want to make it a black thing even though white people are taking a knee too? Oddly enough the protest is only about black folks being treated badly by the Po Po. There are many many others treated the same way.

Mark Aaron

Bill: [ YOU seem to have a "black people" thing going on? The issue is, and always has been that the protests are made during the National Anthem. Now, you want to make it a black thing even though white people are taking a knee too? Oddly enough the protest is only about black folks being treated badly by the Po Po. There are many many others treated the same way. ]

You bring up Sheila Jackson Lee, Black players taking a knee, Blacks being mistreated by the police, but then deny it is a black thing.

If you are concerned about race baiters why didn't you mention Trump? He is easily the most high profile race baiter in the country.Why do you pretend that the police treat everyone the same when you know better?

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