Thursday, December 5, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Houston Texans
By Tania Ganguli
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thoughts from the Houston Texans' 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.
What it means: The teeny-tiny chance that remained for the Texans to make the playoffs is gone. After back-to-back AFC South titles, the Texans are officially eliminated after being swept by the Jaguars. Who saw that coming in September?
Stock Watch: Quarterback Case Keenum played his worst game of the season in the Texans' first meeting with the Jaguars. Thursday's wasn't as bad, but he was pulled late in the third quarter after completing 16 of 29 attempts for 159 yards. Keenum saw one underthrown ball intercepted and he threw a touchdown. He didn't quite look comfortable, and when Matt Schaub replaced him the contrast emphasized that. Schaub looked very comfortable leading the offense -- that is, until he threw an interception just before the two-minute warning.
Penalty party: This was a completely winnable game for the Texans but for a waterfall of penalties. When the Texans lost to the New England Patriots on Sunday, the two teams committed just two penalties combined -- both by the Texans. At halftime of Thursday night's game, the Texans had 10 penalties for 115 yards. That marked a franchise record for penalty yards in a half; the previous high was 97, set in 2008. Penalties continued to hurt in the second half. The touchdown that put Jacksonville up 24-10 came on a drive that should have died inside the Jaguars' 20. The examples were endless and unnecessary.
What's next: The Texans travel to Indianapolis to face the division-leading Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 15 with nothing but pride on the line.