Houston Texans: 2013 Week 9 Upon Further Review AFC

Upon Further Review: Texans Week 9

November, 4, 2013
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An examination of four hot issues from the Houston Texans' 27-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Kicking lows: Texans kicker Randy Bullock has made 61.9 percent of his field goals this season. That ranks 32nd in the NFL and is the second-worst percentage of any kicker who has made at least one field goal this season. His 63.6 make percentage from 40 to 49 yards ranks 26th in the NFL. He has attempted four kicks of at least 50 yards and made none of them. One could have tied the Texans' game against the Colts as time expired. Worse for the Texans, they're a team that needs him. Bullock has attempted 21 field goals, the third most in the league this season. "Honestly, tonight was a rough night for me," Bullock said. "I had a really good week of practice and didn’t see any of this coming. It is very upsetting and very frustrating."

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Thomas B. Shea/Getty ImagesCase Keenum threw three first-half touchdown passes on Sunday.
Quarterbacking highs: There were some definite late mistakes, and some instances when Case Keenum was lucky he didn't add to the Texans' dreaded pick-six total. But Keenum had another bright night and became the first Texans quarterback since 2009 to throw three touchdowns and no interceptions in a game, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The last one to do it was the deposed Matt Schaub. Keenum threw for 350 yards and stretched the field. Thirteen of his 20 completions traveled 10 or more yards in the air. He has thrown three touchdowns and no interceptions on such throws this season. Schaub and T.J. Yates threw two touchdowns and three interceptions on such throws.

Dubious firsts continue: The Texans' six-game losing streak ties a franchise record. Sunday night's loss also snapped a nine-game winning streak in games in which the Texans led by at least 18 at halftime. This is only the second time in team history the Texans have lost after holding a halftime lead that large.

Running back shuffle: Arian Foster wasn't interested in even acknowledging that he had been asked a question as he walked through the locker room Sunday night. He declined other media requests as well, maintaining his trend from the prior week during which he declined interview requests on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Sometimes when players dodge the media with so much gusto, it's because they are frustrated about their own health. Foster should be. This, after all, is a separate injury than what was ailing him for the past two weeks. For two weeks it was a hamstring that kept him out of practices. On Sunday he lasted one series before suffering what the Texans said was a back injury that knocked him out of the game. That left the Texans with Ben Tate, still recovering from his four broken ribs, and undrafted rookie Dennis Johnson. Both players had some good moments, but that's not an ideal position for Houston.

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