The Texans came into this season with great expectations and seemed to have all the tools to make a Superbowl run. They addressed the much needed receiver position by drafting DeAndre Hopkins to help pro bowl receiver Andre Johnson. They signed future hall of fame safety Ed Reed and drafted his mentee D.J. Swearinger on defense. They have the defensive player of the year from last year in J.J. Watt along with a solid group of players surrounding these superstars. Despite the odds being in their favor, the Texans’ find themselves 2-2 after Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks.
It was a 45-yard field goal by the Seahawks’ Steven Hauschka that gave them the victory and sent Texans’ fans into panic. The loss was the Texans’ second straight and puts them on their heels heading into Sunday night’s game at San Francisco.
“I’m pissed off. This sucks,” Texans defensive star J.J. Watt said. “Was mad after Ravens loss. Now, to lose like this at home …”
The Texans had the lead 20-13 late in the fourth quarter when Matt Schaub made a critical mistake. Schaub faked a handoff and was hurried as he threw to Owen Daniels in the flat. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman jumped in front of the ball and raced 58 yards the other way for the tying score. It was the third pick-six in as many games for Schaub. He has 11 on his career.
“I knew it was coming,” Sherman said. “I picked the same play against our scout team on Friday.” He said his thoughts were, “Make the play. It’s like you get on a fastbreak and there’s a layup for the game-winner. You still have to make it. It’s not like the ball is going to get in the hoop.”
Brian Cushing left the game in the third quarter and was later ruled out with a concussion. “He has a concussion,” Kubiak said. “That’s the diagnosis, and that’s why he didn’t play the rest of the way.” Cushing recorded a team-high six tackles before exiting. The Seahawks answered his departure with their first touchdown of the game, courtesy of a 98-yard drive that saw quarterback Russell Wilson rush for 53 yards and Seattle pull within 20-13.
His absence may have led to the Texans being unable to contain Russell Wilson in the second half. There seemed to be lots of confusion from the play caller on defense and Wilson ran wild. Whitney Mercilus had 2 ½ sacks and Brooks Reed had one but the linebackers lost containment.
J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith were upset, to be sure, and in full agreement that there was no way the game shouldn’t have been pried from their grasp.
However, while Smith got philosophical about the day’s collapse, speaking of such things as silver linings and blueprints for success, Watt was seething.
Earlier Smith insisted, with a gentle upbeat tone: “I’m obviously disappointed because that was a disappointing one. But I know most people won’t agree with me and think it strange, but I feel better now about my team than I have all year because we’ve got the formula, we’ve got the blueprint, and we know how to do it now. We know how to believe in ourselves now. All we got to do is iron out the little mishaps.
“No reason we should have lost this game, none whatsoever. The only reason why is because here and there we made a couple of mistakes, but the feeling that was in the stadium today, the feeling we have not had this year . . . This game here is going be a blueprint for what’s going to come.”
The Texans will have to travel to San Francisco to face a very good San Francisco 49ers team on Sunday night.