Instant Replay: Texans lose 12th straight

Instant Replay: Texans lose 12th straight
December 15, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Keenum takes blame for poor performance

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The Texans are the worst team in football and they played like it on Sunday.

With a chance to break their 11-game losing streak in 2013 and their 11-game losing streak in Indianapolis, the Texans were crushed by the Colts 25-3.

The firing of head coach Gary Kubiak and an extra few days of preparation didn’t seem to have any effect on the Texans. They were just as bad as ever on Sunday.

The Texans’ last win came on Sept. 15. They’re now at 91 days and counting without a win. With the loss, the Texans fell to 2-12, while the Colts improved to 9-5.

The Colts marched 80 yards on their opening drive to put them up seven early and led the rest of the way. Griff Whalen, who was added to the active roster on Saturday, scored the first touchdown for the Colts.

The Texans kicked a field goal to cut that early lead to four points but the Colts scored the final 13 of the first half to take a 20-3 lead into the locker room.

The Texans’ offense never got anything going and Case Keenum continued his regression. The defense made some stops but not enough. The special teams didn’t improve under Bob Ligashesky. And the team continued to struggle with discipline, racking up penalties.

The turning point
The Texans won the coin toss and elected to defer. That gave the Colts the ball to start the game and they marched 80 yards down the field to score the opening touchdown. They led the rest of the way.  

What it means
Well, it’s nothing you already didn’t know. The Texans are bad. And they inched closer to the top draft choice.
Offensive hero
Ryan Griffin made the start for Garrett Graham, who was out with a hamstring injury, and the rookie made some nice catches, a couple of which went for first downs. Ben Tate had an OK afternoon.

For the Colts, Whalen, who was activated on Saturday, shredded the Texans. T.Y. Hilton and Trent Richardson also had nice games.
Offensive zero
Keenum is being given a shot to show he belongs in the NFL and he’s been doing the opposite. He struggled to read blitzes, forced balls into tight coverage and couldn’t get the offense into the end zone.
Defensive hero
Joe Mays played hard on Sunday. He made some nice tackles. It’ll be interesting to see if they bring him back next season.  

Defensive zero
There were a few players who can share the honor this week.  

Key stat
A week after a 14-penalty performance, the Texans were at it again. This time, they had 14 penalties for 114 yards.

Did you know?
Since throwing seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in his first three games, Keenum has two touchdowns and six interceptions in the five games since.

Who's next?
The Texans head back to Houston for their final home game, against the Broncos, before going on the road to finish the season in Tennessee.

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