Rapid Reaction: Houston Texans finally win
The Houston Texans finally won their first game of the season by defeating AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts in Week 4 on Sunday in overtime.
The Houston Texans blew a double-digit lead to see the Week 4 game go into in overtime in the first place. Houston then trailed in overtime, tied the score and as time expired kicked a field goal to gain their first win of the 2018 season, defeating the Indianapolis Colts by a 37-34 score.
It should have been expected that the Texans would have a win the way it turned out in Week 4 as this team has had all four final scores decided by a touchdown or less this season. This game was kind of gifted by the Colts as they went for a first down in their own territory late in overtime on fourth down, but the Texans defense stepped up and forced the turnover on downs.
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The Texans’ win snaps a 9-game losing streak dating back to last season, putting the team at 1-3 overall on the season.
Deshaun Watson showed why he can become one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, taking advantage of the field position given to the Texans and finding DeAndre Hopkins for a big gain, putting the team in field goal range one final time
That was all the Texans needed as Ka’imi Fairfairn sent the Texans to a win on a 37-yard field goal as time expired, avoiding the tie and more importantly reaching the win column.
Both the Texans and Colts played strong at times and at other times both franchises looked like they were trying to befriend their rival and hand them the win. Still, even with the roller coaster ride on Sunday, the Texans played a quality game for the most part, even having the lead for the for the first time this season when halftime arrived.
Watson finished 29-of-42 for 375 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. His counterpart Andrew Luck was 40-of-62 for 464 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
The Texans also had two 100-plus yard receivers with Hopkins finishing with 10 receptions for 169 yards and one touchdown, including a 30-yard reception. In his NFL debut, Keke Coutee led the Texans with 11 receptions, finishing the game with 109 yards receiving. Will Fuller had four receptions for 49 yards and one touchdown.
Houston defense put pressure on the Colts and did just enough to hold off the home team with Jadeveon Clowney having a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Clowney also added four tackles and two sacks. J.J. Watt finished with four tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles for the Texans, giving the defensive duo another reason to be feared when both are on the field at the same time.
The game saw the Colts out-gain the Texans 478-to-466 yards offensively, but the win is what matters most and the Texans avoided adding another loss (or tie) to start the season. There is still many things that need improvement, but for this Sunday the Texans are winners and it is time to enjoy a victory.
What are your thoughts on this win? Check back with the Toro Times for more coverage following the three-point overtime win over the Colts.