The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away
By Mark Fagan,
4:56PM, Tue. Nov. 21, 2006
Despite falling behind 14-0 early in the first quarter due to two 83-yard TD receptions by the Bills No. 83, Lee Evans, the Texans played solid football for three-plus quarters and were one first down or one defensive stop from victory in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The win would have given the Texans two straight victories, three in a row at home, and a 4-3 record over their past seven games. This would have a been a huge step toward respectability for a franchise that desperately needs some.
What went wrong:
Choosing to throw on third-and-short (unsuccessfully) late in the fourth thereby stopping the clock with the incompletion and allowing Buffalo to hold on to their remaining timeout which they used in their following game-winning drive.
Texans defensive coordinator Richard Smith choosing to play prevent defense on Buffalo's final drive. The Bills easily moved the ball down the field setting up J.P. Losman's 15-yard TD pass to Peerless Price with nine seconds remaining.
Buffalo WR Evans had a fantasy-football dream performance amassing 265 yards and two TDs on 11 receptions, thoroughly beating Texans DB Demarcus "Petey" Faggins on the two first-quarter TD catches.
Texans fullback Jameel Cook fumbling the ball at the Bills six yard line at a crucial juncture for the second time in three games forfeiting at least three points and game momentum.
All that, and, they're the Texans.
What went right:
Houston had their best rushing day of the season amassing a total of 188 yards with Samkon Gado and Wali Lundy both running for TDs. The Texans averaged an amazing seven yards per run (another reason the decision to throw on third-and-two was a puzzling call). Looks like Gary Kubiak will continue to platoon Lundy and Gado and sit the ineffective Ron Dayne.
Their defense rebounded after giving up 17 early points, stopping the Bills on eight consecutive possessions (seven punts and a Dunta Robinson interception returned nine yards for a TD).
Rookie MLB DeMeco Ryans continuing to look spectacular picking up another six tackles and leading the team with 85. Ryans has been Houston's most consistent defensive player all year long and should be in the running for rookie defensive player of the year, league-wide.
Jameel Cook became the first Texans fullback to reach 100 yards receiving in a single season. He has 107 and counting.
In other news, mild-mannered Texans offensive lineman Fred Weary was followed by HPD, pulled over, Tased twice, and arrested last Tuesday for looking "very suspicious," missing a license plate, and finally, after being followed for a considerable distance, making an improper lane change. According to the police Weary pushed an officer's hand away and stepped toward another officer prompting the two Tasings. Weary should have remained calm, but come on, I'm sure there were a few more-serious offenses occurring in Houston at that time. Looks like another case of DWB (driving while black). Unsurprisingly, misdemeanor charges against Weary were dropped today (Tuesday).