Rapid Reaction: Rams 38, Texans 13


Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy (30) makes a reception as Houston Texans strong safety D.J. Swearinger (36) makes a tackle during the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans were just out-played and even out-coached by the St. Louis Rams Sunday, losing by a score of 38-13.

Houston moves to 2-4 overall, while the Rams are 3-3 on the season.

To say I’m stunned by the final score is an understatement. I honestly thought the Texans had a shot to rebound from their last three losses, but instead, the Texans played flat (except for a few players) and they suffered the consequences which was a fourth straight loss.

No more excuses with this team.

Zero excuses remain.

Something has to change.

As I read on Twitter … “the Texans should be glad they have the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC South.”

I agree with that above statement because, if not for the lowly Jaguars, they would be in last place. This performance by the Texans proved to me they are not in the same class with the Indianapolis Colts. Not even close.

One positive for Houton was the play of running back Arian Foster who finished with 141 yards on 20 carries. He should have had the ball more than 20 times on the ground. He also had four receptions for 57 yards.

The negative was the play of the defense of the Texans and the stale and predictable look of the offense (I sound like a broken record), except for the play of Foster. I didn’t think quarterback Matt Schaub played poorly either, but he left with an injury.

Schaub was replaced in the third quarter when the Texans went down 31-6 following a right foot injury of Schaub.

Schaub finished the game 15-of-21 for 186 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He did not return. Not great numbers, but no interceptions. It was an improvement in that department at least.

T.J. Yates replaced Schaub and all he did was his best Schaub impression … on 4th-and-goal he threw a 98-yard interception for a touchdown. We all know Schaub has the NFL record as he went into this game with a pick-six in four straight games.

Yates followed that with another interception, and late in the game had a fumble proving he should stay on the bench.

Do we even have to talk about the defense?

The “NFL Best” Texans’ defense allowed touchdown drives of 65 yards on six plays, and 80 yards on 10 plays in the first half. In the second half they, yet again, gave up an 80-yard drive on 10 plays.

Houston also allowed one field goal, a fumble return for a TD and the pick-six by Alec Ogletree for 98 yards.

This loss was worse than last week, just my opinion. Too many penalties (7 for 95 yards), too many turnovers and just a lack of crispness and/or care led to this loss. Not to mention or forget, the Rams wanted this game more than the Texans, or it sure seemed like it.

Let us know your thoughts on the Texans’ loss to the Rams here at the Toro Times! The Toro Times will have more coverage of this game today and the next couple days.