The Week 5 matchup for the Houston Texans against the New England Patriots would have been looked at as a positive one if a football game ended at three quarters. The Patriots chipped away at the Texans halftime lead and ultimately defeated the Texans, 25-22.
This fourth-straight loss for the Texans showed the growing pains of a rebuilding team, with a rookie head coach, and a rookie quarterback. What looked like total team domination quickly turned into the Texans playing the game “not to lose” rather than “to win.”
These games give Houston Texans fans hope, but also bring them back down to reality. Fans are easily able to see the flaws with this team as they are experiencing the growing pains of a franchise that is trying to establish a new identity in 2021.
Just as the game was as a whole for the Houston Texans, the game for the offense was a tale of two halves. In the first half the Texans racked up 15 points along with 219 yards of total offense. Davis Mills was on point in this game as he had a career day. The rookie quarterback tossed the ball to a total of 312 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. All-in-all, the best day anyone could have asked for in the young rookie.
What held this offense back was their lack of production in the second half. They were only able to muster up a total of 113 yards with one touchdown. Once again the rushing attack was not up to par with only 67 yards rushing. The lack of rushing production ultimately was the Texans major downfall on offense.