Houston Texans take a tough loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-16

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The Houston Texans took on the defending champion Buccaneers, coming out with a 23-16 loss

This game got off to an interesting start with starting Safety Justin Reid kicking off, resulting in a touchback. The Texans special teams showed up after the defense was burned alive on Tampa’s second drive with a blocked extra point. This is what teams need to see early on, as special teams can help you win 1-3 games in a season.

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The decision to run the ball on 3rd and 5 inside the red zone is understandable, but the execution was poor. Another interception from the defense in the first half continued the takeaway streak, but it was against Blaine Gabbert- the Buccaneers backup quarterback. Another fumble was recovered in the third quarter, and the Texans defense matched their total of takeaways in this preseason that they had last year.

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Anyone who gets to go against arguably the greatest quarterback of all time is going to have a tough game. Tom Brady showed us why he’s so good at this point in his career. That second drive of 7-consecutive passes that moved lightning fast down the field resulted in the Buccaneers first touchdown.

The Texans first-team offense struggled, and it was the first time this preseason that the Texans faced a team that was way above their skill level. Davis Mills continued to bring the Texans back, along with the special teams- despite Ka’imi Fairbairn being held out due to precautionary reasons.

It was going to be a very hard task toppling Tampa Bay in the preseason finale. However, Texans fans shouldn’t be concerned about this loss at all.  This is a great tune-up and a reality check that they aren’t always gonna see 2nd and 3rd string units out against them.,

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