Sunday, November 24, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Houston Texans
By Tania Ganguli
HOUSTON -- Some thoughts on the Houston Texans' 13-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium:
What it means: I polled Texans fans during this game to ask if they wanted the Texans to win. Some said yes. Some said no, for the draft pick. Some said no, hoping a loss would lead to changes on the coaching staff. The Texans are the most disappointing team in the NFL given their talent and expectations. Coach Gary Kubiak's seat gets hotter and hotter. There is no justifying losing to a team that's content in its rebuilding process. That's nine straight losses.
Stock Watch: Case Keenum struggled big time today. His protection wasn't great all the time, but Keenum needs to learn how to step up in the pocket better. His throws were frequently off target, even with sufficient time, and more than once, Jaguars defensive backs were upset at missed opportunities for interceptions. This time, rather than pulling Keenum, Kubiak allowed the young quarterback to tough it out. It helped that the Jaguars' pass rush is the weakest the Texans have faced. The game ended with a Keenum interception.
Defense struggled: Against an offense that hasn't done much this season, the Texans' defense struggled. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew finished with 84 rushing yards and 60 yards receiving. He also scored the only touchdown of the game.
What's next: The Texans will face the New England Patriots next. The game's at home, though that hasn't helped Houston in the past two weeks.