In an almost predictable result, the Houston Texans lost 33-7 to the Los Angeles Rams on the road and fell to 3-6 on the season. The loss was their third straight and second without Deshaun Watson. Any playoff hopes for the Texans were essentially wiped out in a blowout loss this past Sunday.
Tom Savage complete 18 of 36 passes for 221 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Savage was also sacked three times in the contest. In addition to the three sacks, Savage was hit eight times in the contest. This was an area of concern beforehand due to the trade of former All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown. Coming into Sunday’s game the Rams ranked sixth in the league with 25 sacks. The Texans allowed sixth most quarterback hits with 56 and third most sacks with 28. This disturbing trend continued as Savage got hit time and time again.
The lone highlight for Houston came just past the halfway point in the second quarter as Savage connected with wide receiver Bruce Ellington for a 26 yard touchdown pass. This momentarily gave Houston the lead at 7-6, however it would not last. These were the only points scored by the Texans before surrendering 27 straight points and inevitably losing the game.
The lowlight of the game was the pass from Jared Goff to a wide open Robert Woods for a 94 yard touchdown. The Texans defense broke down in the worst way possible. After this play the defense fell off a cliff as they allowed three more passing touchdowns from Goff, one more to Woods and another to Sammy Watkins.
Overall it was a poor outing from the Houston defense. Goff completed 25 of 37 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Los Angeles also combined for 104 yards on the ground including 68 yards on 11 carries from Todd Gurley. Gurley did not have the performance expected rushing the ball but he was able to catch six passes for 68 yards to bring his total yards on the day to 136. Containing Gurley was a must for Houston but they were simply unable to do so.
Outside of Lamar Miller’s 11 rushes for 60 yards, the Texans were unable to run the ball effectively. D’Onta Foreman carried seven times for 18 yards, Alfred Blue carried four times for 10 yards and Braxton Miller once for one yard. This is hardly the production required for Houston to win a game. DeAndre Hopkins was the only real effective receiver for the Texans on Sunday as he hauled in seven passes for 111 yards. The only thing Hopkins was unable to do was get in the end zone. Hopkins continues to be on the only reliable receiver for Houston even with Watson. Other plays will need to step up if Houston is going to win again this season.
This week was not a good situation for a Houston team that is without their franchise quarterback. Watson could make plays that very few quarterbacks in this league can. Savage is simply unable to do so and it has shown over Houston’s past two games. Houston heads back home next week to face the Arizona Cardinals, a matchup that has suddenly become winnable due to the injury to Carson Palmer.
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