The Houston Texans lost for the third time in four games without rookie sensation Deshaun Watson. The Baltimore Ravens won the turnover battle to fuel their 23-16 victory. Houston has fallen to 4-7 on the season and the hype surrounding the Texans just a few weeks ago has become non-existent.
All three Texans turnovers were the fault of Texans quarterback Tom Savage. Savage threw two interceptions and lost one fumble in the contest. The Houston offensive line did not do their part in protecting Savage as he was sacked twice and hit eight times. This is a disturbing trend that will continue for the remainder of the season. Savage does not possess the ability escape pressure like Watson and ends up taking a high volume of hits.
Even with the struggles of Savage, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins put together a good game. Hopkins caught seven passes for 125 yards. Braxton Miller was also able to contribute with five receptions for 43 yards. However this is where the bright spots end for the Texans.
Lamar Miller was ineffective as he rushed 17 times for 51 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown is nice but the three yards per carry average is not. Alfred Blue also struggled rushing 8 times for 15 yards. The poor performance from the running game put Savage in a bad situation and Baltimore took advantage.
Defensively the Texans were unable to stop the Ravens rushing attack. The Ravens rushed 31 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Baltimore’s ground game was led by Alex Collins who rushed 16 times for 60 yards and one touchdown. Fellow running backs Danny Woodhead and Javorius Allen also contributed their fair share of yards, rushing for 22 and 15 yards respectively with Allen scoring a touchdown.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had an odd game, completing 20 of 32 passes for 141 yards. Flacco added 42 yards on the ground on 6 attempts. The Texans only managed to sack Flacco once, hit him twice and defended two of his passes.
As the season continues to move towards it conclusion, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find the games the Texans can win. This week was not one of those games. Heading out on the road to face the Titans does not necessarily give Houston any better of a chance. It is worth noting that during Houston’s 57-14 victory in week 4, Deshaun Watson accounted for five total touchdowns. Houston will have to manufacture points without Watson in an environment that will not be friendly.
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