The Houston Texans let another winnable game get past them on Sunday, losing their Week 3 game to the New York Giants.
The offense of the Houston Texans is stale and predictable and might have had their worst performance this season on Sunday, and that’s saying something. The defense of the Texans isn’t that far behind them as the Texans lost their third straight game of the season, and ninth consecutive game dating back to last year, by a 27-22 score in Week 3 to the New York Giants.
There were a few positive plays that stood out in the game, including a late second quarter surge by J.J. Watt when he became close with Giants quarterback Eli Manning, and the field goal kicking of Ka’imi Fairbirn was solid. Besides that, not much stood out on the positive side, as the negative is taking over too much for the Texans to have success with what is now a start of 0-3.
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The Houston offensive line couldn’t get out of their own way on Sunday with too many false start penalties, and the run blocking witnessed in the first two games was non existent in Week 3. That was proven by the fact that Lamar Miller had just eight yards on eight carries in the first half. Miller finished with 10 yards on 10 carries in the loss, having just two second half rushing yards. Receiving, Miller totaled five receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown.
The offensive line also allowed three sacks to the Giants.
The second half wasn’t much better than the first half for the Texans with a Miller fumble, followed with an interception by Watson in the end zone. Did Houston have any player have a worse day than offensive tackle Julie’n Davenport who had multiple false start penalties and a holding call that had a touchdown pass called back.
Luckily for the Texans they overcame that aforementioned holding call on the called back touchdown with Watson finding Will Fuller for a 6-yard touchdown pass around the midway point of the fourth quarter. Houston added one last touchdown as time nearly expired when Miller caught a 4-yard pass from Watson, but the comeback was too late.
Watson finished 24-of-40 for 385 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Fuller finished the day with five receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown, while DeAndre Hopkins totaled six receptions for 86 yards.
The Giants saw Eli Manning go 25-of-29 for 297 yards passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Saquon Barkley rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. Odell Beckham Jr. led the Giants with nine receptions for 109 yards.
As for being 0-3 overall, the odds are much against the Texans for making the AFC Playoffs this season. Next for the Texans is an away game for Week 4 when they face the Indianapolis Colts at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.
Give us your thoughts and reactions about the Texans loss on Sunday to the Giants. What would you do to fix the issues troubling the Texans thus far in 2018?