Texans fall short in another close game

Texans fall short in another close game
December 1, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Another Sunday. Another close game. Another loss.

“Yeah, it was definitely tough today,” cornerback Kareem Jackson said. “Like I say, we just came up short. It’s kind of the same old song, to be honest.”

The Texans lost their 10th game in a row on Sunday, falling to the Patriots 34-31. This time, they gave up a 10-point halftime lead.

The makeup of the game was different than last week and others in this franchise-record losing streak but one thing has stayed the same for over a month: the Texans (2-10) can’t seem to win close games.

Since Case Keenum became the starter on Oct. 20, the Texans have lost all six of their games by seven points or fewer. They’ve lost their last six games by an average of 3.66 points per game.

“It’s definitely different,” Jackson said. “I’m one of those people, to lose by three and five, and like that, it’s definitely upsetting and frustrating, knowing that we’re so close to getting a win and that’s been the case, pretty much the majority of the year for us. And every time, it’s the case where a couple of plays could determine the whole outcome of the game. As a team, we fought hard, we fought to the end. We kind of came up short.”

Again on Sunday, the Texans got the ball late in the game with a chance to tie or win the game and they couldn’t get it done. This time, Keenum and the offense got the ball with around three minutes left. After two quick first downs, the offense stalled and a fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

Despite not being able to score in another late-game situation, the Texans say they’re still confident when they get in those situations.

“Yeah, we didn't go on the field with any doubt that we couldn't go down the field and score and win the game,” Andre Johnson said. “I don't think there has ever been doubt no matter who is the quarterback. Like I said, we just needed another play today and we didn't get it.”

“Yeah, never gets to a point where we stray away from what we do or what we think,” cornerback Kareem Jackson said. “Even with our record, physically and athletically, we know we’re a good team. When the games get close, we continue to fight regardless of what other people think the outcome might be. As a team, we’re going to fight regardless of what it is.”

Keenum completed 15 of 30 passes for 272 yards and an interception. He played much better against the Patriots than he did against the Jaguars last week.

“I thought he rallied,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “In the first half, he made some mistakes, he had some plays to make that we could have really been explosive, but he never really got down. He kept going and made some big plays in the second half.”

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