Dec 14, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans back up quarterback Tom Savage (3) in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports.
The Texans defense played to win. Holding the #1 offense in the league to just 17 points, and stealing a gorgeous pick 6 to give the Texans an early lead. That pick was by Kendrick Lewis on what was a bad pass by Andrew Luck practically right into Lewis chest. J.J. Watt has bagged himself another 2 sack game for his third in a row. That brings Watt’s sack total to 16 for the year. Offensively though, the woes continued as the offense managed just a single field goal. Texans lose 10-17 and go to 7-7 on the season.
The big story of the game was that Fitzpatrick breaks his leg. How bad the break is at this point is immaterial, his season is over. While it’s true that here at Torotimes we were never big Fitzy Fans he was our best hope for the season and wish him well as he heals up from a most unfortunate turn of events. With Fitzpatrick down, the Texans turned to rookie fourth round pick Tom Savage.
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It was obvious he wasn’t ready, from missed hand offs and fumbled snaps. After half time, Savage managed to pull himself together and make some pretty awesome deep passes. He looked exactly as billed; big, raw and blessed with a cannon of an arm. I’m not going to pass judgment on a snap start in the most difficult place to play for the Texans. Savage should get a full week of preparation for a game and see how he hangs. Sadly, the next to last play of the game he was hit in the legs and obviously suffered a knee injury. Give him credit, he got back out there and tried to make a pass happen. Sure, it was intercepted but he went hobbling back out and stood strong. Besides, if Savage goes down we got Shane Lechler up next!
Depending on how bad the knee is, if Savage cannot start it’s on Thad Lewis and I’d almost bet the Texans sign somebody to play back up. A tough year that will end better then 2-14 but just as frustrating to watch. Next up is the Ravens and Houston will be playing for pride really at that point. I suppose it could have been worse, we could have drafted Johnny Manzeil.
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