Rapid Reaction: Colts 27, Texans 24


Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans kicker Randy Bullock (4) reacts after missing a field goal attempt during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Just like that, the Houston Texans lost an 18-point lead they built in the first half to lose their sixth consecutive game, falling to the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24 Sunday night.

The most serious part of the Sunday Night game wasn’t the loss for the Texans, but the heath and well-being of Texans head coach Gary Kubiak who collapsed on the field at halftime and had to go to the hospital. Reports are he didn’t have a heart attack and is still in an Houston area hospital undergoing tests.

But there was a football game played in Houston, and the first half and second half were a polar opposite for the host Texans team. The Texans are now 2-6 overall, not winning a game since Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans.

Nothing went the way of the Texans in the second half as missed field goals, missed opportunities and not having their head coach on the sidelines proved to be huge factors in the loss.

Again, Kubiak’s health is more important than if the Texans win or lose a football game, but not having their play caller calling the plays proved to be a factor.

From all the good we saw from the Texans’ defense in the first half, I sure didn’t see that type of intensity in the second half as Wade Phillips was the head coach for the Texans in the second half, along with being the defensive coordinator.

Randy Bullock morphed back into “bad” Bullock as he missed three field goals (including one that could have sent the game into overtime) and the Texans’ defense allowed 24 points in the second half, 15 in the fourth quarter alone. Nothing went right in the fourth quarter for the Texans.

The entire second half had a different feel to it for obvious reasons and it just wasn’t meant to be for the Texans, as their playoff hopes all but have went away with this loss.

Houston trails the Colts (6-2) by four games in the AFC South. They also trail the Titans who are 4-4 on the year.

One positive was the play of Case Keenum. For making his second start the second-year QB was 20-of-34 for 350 yards and three touchdowns. Andre Johnson finished with 229 yards receiving on nine receptions.

Ben Tate led the Texans with 22 carries for 81 yards. Arian Foster left the game with a back injury at the start of the first quarter. He had zero carries.

Next week the Texans will face the Arizona Cardinals in Arizona.