Texans vs. Bears: Jalen Pitre shines in Houston’s Week 3 loss

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The Houston Texans lost a tough game to the Chicago Bears in Week 3

There were too many interceptions by Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills, and the offense needed to feature Dameon Pierce more in the fourth quarter. Those to aspects alone caused a 23-20 loss for Houston in Week 3.

Losing their second straight game and still looking for their first win of the season, this loss to the Bears hurts, and it is tough to fathom because the offense didn’t get any better, and there are still some issues to iron out.

Before all of that, let’s discuss one positive from Sunday in Chicago and that is rookie safety Jalen Pitre. The rookie defensive back had the game many wanted to see with two interceptions and even a sack of Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Pitre is going to be a star in the NFL, and Sunday’s performance showed why he was a second round pick by Houston.

Pitre even had eight total tackles (five solo) with two tackles for loss, so it is a great thing to see the rookie play so well in just the third game of his NFL career.

Texans: Tough loss in Week 3 to Bears had positives and negatives

Another positive for the Texans was rookie running back Dameon Pierce scoring his first career NFL touchdown, as it was a part of a day that saw him have 20 carries for 80 yards to go with the touchdown run.

The negative is Houston needs to quit featuring Rex Burkhead in game-deciding situations and trust Pierce more (even with his two fumbles), because that could have made a big difference in Week 3 in the late moments of the fourth quarter.

The play of second-year quarterback Davis Mills didn’t improve from Week 2 to Week 3, with Mills finishing the game 20-of-32 for 245 yards with one touchdown pass – a 4-yard throw to Jordan Akins – with two interceptions. Mills was also sacked once in the loss to Chicago.

We’ve been preaching it will take a lot – and we mean a lot of patience – concerning Mills this season – but there needed to be more than what we saw in Week 3, but time will eventually either make Mills better, or force the Houston front office to look elsewhere.

Chris Moore was Houston’s receiving leader in Week 3 with three receptions for 63 yards, as he was targeted three times. It will be interesting to see if more targets go his way in Week 4.

As this game is now complete, Houston must correct their mistakes and learn from the loss. This isn’t going to be the easiest season to watch but improving week-to-week isn’t too much to ask for with this franchise either.

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