Dec 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) reacts after sacking quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Your Houston Texans finish 9-7 after hanging strong through a difficult season. Four quarterbacks started at some point in the season with the tough but average Ryan Fitzpatrick and ended it with fan favorite Case Keenum. The season ends with a tough 17-23 win against the Jaguars at home. The Jaguars came in with nothing but spoiler pride to play for. The Texans need a win to keep any hope of making the play offs. Keenum did what he could but two bad decisions lead to 14 Jaguar points. One interception and a forced fumble on a strip sack. J.J. Watt lead the defense with 3 sacks, a strip sack, 4 tackles for a loss and 3 quarterback hits oh and a safety.
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It was all for naught however as the Ravens beat the hapless Browns whose quarterback problems mirrored the Texans could not hold the lead and pull the upset off. Your Texans made a stunning turn around from last year and finish the season with a winning record. It’s a bittersweet finish for the Texans after making it so close to a return to the playoffs their mediocrity during the season held them back. One more win and they would have been in the playoffs. That’s a powerful tool for Bill O’Brien to motivate his team next year.
Up next or the Texans is the draft, re-configuring the roster and answering the big question at quarterback. It was a wild run of sweet wins and last minute drama but in the end while the Texans did finish 9-7 it was a wasted season with the playoffs missed for a second year in a row. J.J. Watt did everything he could to help the Texans and I believe has played well enough to be MVP, however with the Ravens win the honor will go to Aaron Rodgers and Watt will have to settle with Defense Player of the Year.
We’re going to spend the next few days breaking down what went right this season for the Texans, what went wrong and the path forward as we await the start of preason 2015 to see our Texans in action again. Thanks for reading us here at the Torotimes folks, keep checking back for all the latest from your Texans as we stay on top of the off season action and stories as they unfold!
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