Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23) scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Grading the Houston Texans’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks


All wasn’t bad for the Houston Texans in their 23-20 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon.

There was some good, there was some bad, and of course when you lose a fourth quarter lead late in the game, along with the actual game in overtime, there was some ugly.

Let’s start out with the good.

My “Player of the Game” for the Texans was running back Arian Foster who rushed for 102 yards on 27 carries. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry and proved that he’s back to his old form, or darn near back. Foster was also productive catching the ball, finishing with six receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown.

So with that all being stated, my grade for Foster is an A.

Andre Johnson played a good game as well for the Texans. The receiver totaled nine receptions for 110 yards, but again, for the fourth consecutive week was held out of the end zone. For all of his stats, my grade for Johnson is a B.

Garrett Graham I feel can be a productive tight end in the NFL, and even though he scored a touchdown, I still have to give him a grade of a B- due to the fact he had a fumble, but luckily the Texans didn’t lose possession.

For the defense, I’m giving Brian Cushing a B+ for his abbreviated play against the Seahawks. Cushing left the game with a concussion, but still forced a fumble and totaled six tackles.

I’m also giving props to Randy Bullock as the kicker is starting to find his stride. He was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, with a long of 42 yards. He also made two extra points.

J.J. Watt also earns a good grade of a B+. He may of not had the best numbers, but he took on double teams all game long which freed up his teammates to make plays.

Playing a game that was good, but not necessarily great, included Ben Tate as he totaled 44 yards on seven carries. He had two carries that added up for 33 yards, one carry going for 22.

Owen Daniels had a productive game of 72 yards on six receptions, but it wasn’t his best game of the season. Productive nonetheless.

In pass protection at times the offensive line let too much pressure in on Matt Schaub, but I can’t fault them a lot because they did block for a 100-yard running back for the first time this season.

Then the ugly. Do I believe Schaub is a part of the problem for the Texans? Yes. So I feel he’s the only problem for the Texans? No.

I know I might sound like a Schaub apologist, but really I just don’t see T.J. Yates or Case Keenum leading this team to the postseason with 12 more games left in the regular season.

Would you rather have the QBs they have in Jacksonville right now? That’s what I thought.

With that said, even though Schaub had nearly 400 yards passing and two touchdowns, I can’t overlook the two interceptions, especially the poor decision making late in the game. My grade for Schaub for his overall product is a D+, because I compare his poor decision making late in the game to one of those term papers in college that are like 25 percent of your grade.

The Texans’ overall team grade for Sunday is a C-, because they were just a few minutes away from being 3-1 on the season, but they aren’t and they have to work to improve their grade next week.

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  • t anderson

    you look like a big fat porkchop who couldn’t make your high school team.

    that being said, the Texans have lots of problems- the main one is their coach. the offensive play calling was suspect, particularly in the 2nd half.

    the QB is really a back up posing as an ‘elite’ NFL QB. He never will be – which is not his fault- but Gary Kubiack thinks he is. A real problem.

    Overall, the Texans had a better team than Seattle except for 2 glaring deficiencies. head coach: Pete Carrol got his team fired up and won the OT while Kubiack poured his warm piss personality on the Texans and they stunk it up. ANd the above mentione dQB. He is not quite as good as Tony Romo- another guy who puts up big numbers but fails in big games.

    Admitting hiring /personnel mistakes is the first step to recovery. The Texans owner must admit to himself he has a problem- the accept recovery efforts. I suspect the teams like SF and Den will provide the intervention to accomplish this painful revelation.

    Texans will finish 6-8.

    • Stephen Forsha

      Besides the name calling, I respect your post and I agree with you about the head coaching situation.

      • t anderson

        sorry- un-called for and just mean. I think I had a few jalapeno margaritas last night and they make me fractious and rude the next day. I am going to try to stop this time..(.* going to try to stop..see, I am hooked) but I do like your articles and they are factual..! bravo.

        • Stephen Forsha

          No problem at all we’ve all been there. Thanks for reading.

  • Thomas

    Their, They’re, There

    Learn the difference if you fucking write for a living

    • Stephen Forsha

      Fixed it. We all make a mistake now and then. Have a great day.

  • Thomas

    How can I get paid to write crappy articles, seems like a good gig.

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  • Joseph Ziehm

    As a Bills fan I looked at Schaub as being another career backup although more talented. A more talented Ryan Fitzpatrick who still was the most overrated and overpaid of all time. Worse then that is when the Bills realised their major problems up front with Kyle Williams and benched him in favor of a more talented dt.