Instant replay: Texans lose 7th straight

Instant replay: Texans lose 7th straight
November 10, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Phillips after the Texans' seventh straight loss

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It just keeps getting worse.

The Texans lost their seventh game in a row (a franchise record) on Sunday as their season full of high expectations has turned into a complete and utter disaster. They fell 27-24 to the Cardinals in Arizona.

The Texans had the ball with 2:06 and no timeouts but were unable to move the ball down the field to tie or win the game. They got one first down but couldn’t convert on the next fourth down play.

J.J. Watt forced a huge turnover in the fourth quarter, stripping Rashard Mendenhall and recovering the loose ball. That set up the Texans at the 5-yard line. Case Keenum hit Andre Johnson in the end zone for a touchdown to pull the Texans within three points, at 27-24. Johnson was blanketed by Patrick Peterson, who tipped the ball. Johnson was able to maintain his concentration and haul in his second touchdown of the game.

After taking a lead into halftime, the Texans were awful in the second half and dropped their seventh straight game after beginning the season with two wins. Their last win came on Sept. 15.

The defense did its part for the beginning of the second half, holding the Cardinals to two field goals. But the Texans’ offense was anemic and eventually, the defense broke, giving up a touchdown.

The Texans probably couldn't have started the game in any worse fashion. On the first offensive play, Keenum fumbled the ball and Matt Shaughnessy picked it up and rolled into the end zone. But they recovered.

The Texans took a 17-14 lead into the half and it could have been a larger lead. After Watt had a big sack, forced a fumble and jumped on it, Randy Bullock's 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked with no time left in the half. Bullock did make a 48-yarder earlier in the half. Ryan Griffin and Johnson both caught touchdown catches in the first half. Keenum completed 15 of 26 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Keenum completed a pass to eight different players in the first half.

The turning point
On the last offensive play by the Texans, Keenum couldn’t complete a pass to DeAndre Hopkins and the game was over.

What it means
The Texans came into the game with a slight glimmer of hope. That’s gone.  

Key stat
After outgaining the Cardinals 194-140 in the first half, the Texans were outgained 192-41 in the second half.  

Injury update
Kareem Jackson (ribs) and Griffin (concussion) left the game early and were unable to return.
Offensive hero
Johnson caught two more touchdown catches. His second was spectacular and got the Texans back into the game.  
Offensive zero
The Texans’ second-half offense as a whole. They couldn’t get anything going. Nothing.

Defensive heroes
Watt forced two fumbles and recovered both. He also had a sack. He had a monster game.

D.J. Swearinger had the best game of his young career. He had an interception and was around the ball all afternoon. Johnathan Joseph also did a good job on Larry Fitzgerald. Joseph held one of the league’s best receivers in check all game.  

Defensive zero
Brice McCain had a bad day, which was capped off when Andre Roberts just smoked him in one-on-one coverage in the fourth quarter for a touchdown. McCain wasn’t even close to being in position to make a play.

Did you know?
Johnson has five touchdowns in two games. He had four all last season.
Who's next?
The Texans come home for three games, against the Raiders, Jaguars and Patriots, at Reliant Stadium.

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