The Texans Week 13 matchup with the Houston Texans was the second meeting of the season between the two AFC South division rivals and it went about the same way as the first one went as the Texans looked overmatched once again. Houston had no answer for Indy’s run game as the Colts ran for 238 yards on 48 carries (5.0 yards per rush.) While it was not the first time the Texans have been absolutely demolished in the run game, it was definitely the worst intra-divisional beatdown on the ground that we have seen this year…up until Monday night that is.
That game is a story for another day, however, as this tale is all about Sunday’s Texans-Colts matchup. Here are three observations from the game from the Texans’ perspective: one good, one bad, and one downright ugly.
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Three Texans Week 13 Takeaways
3. They averaged 4.8 yards per rush (good)
This is something to hang your hat on…right? Well, if it is then it is surely the only silver lining in a game that the Texans got obliterated in by a score of 31-0. When you get embarrassed that bad and shut out at home it is a sign that things are going downhill fast for a franchise. Not that any more signs were needed as the Texans have been one of the worst teams in the NFL this season and are primed for a top-three draft pick in the 2022 NFL draft.
2. The defense is atrocious (bad)
Giving up almost 250 yards on the ground is always going to get your team a big “L” in the standings and Sunday was no different. The Colts ran the ball more than twice as many times as they passed it in the game and why would they do anything differently? The Texans have been the worst defense in the NFL in 2021 and that is especially true on the ground Houston is allowing a league-worst 144 rushing yards per game.
1. The offense is somehow worse than the defense (ugly)
As bad as the defense was on Sunday, it was actually the Texans’ offense that was consistently putting the team behind with their turnovers, ineffectiveness, and overall lack of skill. This team has no strength on offense; the offensive line is a mess, the receiving corps is bottom-barrel and the running backs are completely washed. Safe to say, for Texans fans, the off-season cannot come soon enough.
Once that happens, the team can reset their record to 0-0, focus on the draft, and what is next with superstar quarterback DeShaun Watson. Watson has sat out the entire 2021 season as he faces multiple sexual assault allegations and is not expected to be punished by the NFL until after his legal proceedings take place next year.
With the possibility of a second-straight year on the sidelines, it may be hard for the Texans to get something of value for the former Clemson Tiger QB. As of right now, teams do not know when he will be available again and that makes him hard to trade. Then again, a little clarity on his situation may help his trade stock, whether it is good news or not.