The Houston Texans finally got over their fear of the end zone in the fourth quarter of their Week 8 game against the Los Angeles Rams. After going 12 quarters without a touchdown scored, it was Rex Burkhead who broke the streak without a touchdown.
Before their fourth quarter 1-yard rush by Burkhead, the last time the Texans scored a TD was the third quarter against the New England Patriots in Week 5.
Since then, the Houston Texans didn’t score a touchdown in the fourth quarter vs. the Patriots, plus no TD’s were scored against the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. Against the Cardinals and Colts, the Texans were held to a combined eight points.
When Burkhead scored their first touchdown the Texans were out of contention for the win as they trailed the Rams 38-0. The TD run by the running back Burkhead completed a 10-play, 62-yard drive, so for the Texans it was nice to see some signs of life from an offense that has been very bad in recent games, including this Sunday.
The best part of the Burkhead score was it showed the Texans were still willing to battle even knowing they had basically zero chance to win the game by the time they completed the drive. Again, it was too little, too late for this offense.
Texans: Breaking news … Two more touchdowns were scored in 4th quarter
The Houston Texans weren’t finished in the fourth quarter as Brandin Cooks reached the end zone again this season as rookie quarterback Davis Mills found the wide receiver for a 45-yard score for the best play by the Texans in the past few games.
Houston’s third touchdown of the fourth quarter started by the team recovering an onside kick, and four plays later it was Mills passing to Brevin Jordan for a 9-yard score. For good measure, the Texans scored a two-point conversion ran in by Mills, giving the Texans 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Sure the trips to the endzone by the Texans came when the game was in the hands of the Rams, but touchdowns are touchdowns, and the Texans needed them in the worst way.
It was good for the players who scored the touchdowns to have success, and it does some for morale, but this game did show how bad the Texans are on offense. It also shows lot of changes need to be made in this rebuild, and made quickly, or games will continue to not be competitive.