It was another loss for the Houston Texans on Sunday in Week 4 as they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers by a 34-24 score, but in the losing effort there was a positive and that was rookie running back Dameon Pierce.
The rookie running had his best game to date rushing the football as he finished with 14 carries for 131 yards with one touchdown that went for 75 yards. Pierce was the only Texans player to run with the football, but his 75-yard score was the highlight of the game for Houston at NRG Stadium.
Pierce averaged 9.5 yards per carry, and the rookie also had six receptions for eight yards in the Week 4 loss.
All of us can see the potential with Pierce and what he’s going to eventually bring to the offense in Houston as the unit becomes more accustomed to each other as the team has yet been able to put together two solid halves in a game at any point this season.
It would have been nice to see what he could have done with more carries, but the offense took too way long to have success, especially trailing 27-7 at halftime.
Below is the big-time 75-yard touchdown run from Pierce in the first half against Los Angeles:
Texans continue to lose games in 2022
Houston has yet to win a game in 2022, losing their third consecutive game, falling to 0-3-1 overall with their lone non-loss being a 20-20 tie with the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1.
Texans quarterback Davis Mills finished the game 26-of-35 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Most of those yards came in the second half, as Mills in the first half wasn’t the best quarterback on the field and struggled.
Mills still has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to keep his starting role, because eventually head coach Lovie Smith and the front office of the Texans will want to explore other options, right?
It was good to see wide receiver Nico Collins have three receptions for 82 yards, but he had no touchdown receptions and that does hurt the offense in a way. Brandin Cooks and Rex Burkhead each caught a touchdown pass, so that’s a positive and something Houston fans would like to keep watching this season.
Houston needs to start games stronger than they did in Week 4 as they were held scoreless in the first quarter, and they were forced to play from behind basically the entire game. Maybe next week will be better, but like nearly every week, a lot of things need to be fixed and more improvement is needed for this team to stop playing with a deficit and compete at higher level than their opponent.