It was a good and bad night for the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Texans came out swinging in a big way to earn a 21-3 halftime lead. Case Keenum was on fire in his second NFL start and Andre Johnson could simply not be defended. But then everything changed. Gary Kubiak went down as he was heading to the locker room for half time and the Texans were never the same the rest of the game.
Kubiak is still hospitalized following his collapse and early rumors indicate the coach may have suffered a stroke. But with the uncertainty that surrounded his status at the time, you can’t blame any of the Houston players if they a were a bit distracted.
But even will all that went on, this was a game the Texans should have won. You certainly have to give the Indianapolis Colts credit for coming back, but let’s be honest, Randy Bullock cost Houston the game. The 23-year old went 1-4 on field goals and that’s just flat out not going to cut it. By the time he was trotted out to try and knot the game at 27 in the final seconds, Texans’ fans already knew what was coming. If Bullock does his job and knocks down at least half of his field goal attempts, the Texans would have won the game.
So while things don’t look good in Houston right now as the Texans are at 2-6 and nearly out of the playoff picture, there are plenty of things for fans to feel good about. Keenum looks like he could be a long-term solution and he’s on the same page with Johnson in a big way. Plus, the Texans played as well as they did without Arian Foster. If he can get healthy while Keenum continues to evolve, things will turn around.
Houston will now embark on a crucial three-game set. They play the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars over the next three weeks. Those are all winnable games and if they can run the table, they’ll be right back in the hunt for a Wild Card spot in the AFC.