The Houston Texans were close but not close enough in the loss to the Vikings.
Once again, the Houston Texans had some big plays mixed in between a lot of bad football that led to their fourth consecutive loss of the 2020 NFL season.
It was the final catch attempt on fourth down in the red zone by Will Fuller that saw a touchdown overturned that ended the win attempt by the Texans, resulting in a 31-23 loss to the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
The offense never got on a consistent roll in the first half, but finally did score points in the third quarter for the first time this season. The Texans played even better in the fourth quarter, but still, the attempt was just short in the red zone.
The issue for the Houston Texans was this time it was a dismal first half that made the Texans play catch-up for the game, and the overturned bobbled touchdown catch was the final dagger for the strong comeback effort by Deshaun Watson and Co.0
Watson finished 20-of-33 for 300 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Watson also had five rushes for nine yards. The leading rusher for the Houston Texans was David Johnson with 16 carries for 63 yards and zero touchdowns. Houston’s receiving leader honors went to Fuller with six receptions for 108 yards and one touchdown.
Yes, the Texans showed some signs of life in the fourth quarter, but this team needs to start putting four complete quarters together or the losses will continue to mount up.
On defense, the Houston Texans allowed too many yards and couldn’t stop the run, and apparently the pass as well, with Minnesota having two receivers with over 100 yards receiving each.
Dalvin Cook totaled 130 yards rushing with two touchdowns to lead all rushers in the game. Justin Jefferson caught four passes for 103 yards, and the receiving leader for the Vikings was Adam Thielen with eight receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins was 16-of-22 for 260 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, as the Vikings gained their first win of the season.
It is evident whether Tim Kelly or Bill O’Brien are calling the plays or making the game plan, the decisions being made aren’t working for four complete quarters.
It is more of the “same ol’, same ol’” for the Texans, which might be music to the ears of the Miami Dolphins, who have possession of the 2021 first-round pick of the Texans for next April.
Check back to the Toro Times for more in-depth analysis of the Week 4 loss to the Vikings.