Houston Texans: The huge reason why now is not the time to panic

FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 09: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 09: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

On Sunday the Houston Texans left Foxborough with a 27-20 loss. How can the team recover from the loss in week 1 before Sunday against the Titans? Let’s take a look.

This was a tough loss to swallow, this was probably the best shot the Houston Texans had at beating the Patriots in New England that they are ever going to get. Especially as long as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are around.

The starters overall looked rusty, and that’s going to happen in week 1 since most of them hardly played in the preseason. There has been a discussion on all the Texans blogs on wether the coaching staff should have played the starters more in the preseason and those people have a valid point because it was almost laughable how bad the offense looked.

The three biggest takeaways from the game were that Deshaun Watson was clearly rusty, Bill O’Brien was, once again, an atrocity when it came to big-time moments, and special teams was, shockingly, pretty good.

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Watson was holding the ball for too long on Sunday and the offensive line was doing good enough to give him time. He looked a bit timid. When he missed throws, he didn’t set hit feet correctly. The missed throw to Ryan Griffin should have been a TD but his feet were planted. Good thing that is correctable.

Another thing to note is that in 2016 at Clemson, he started off slow. Clemson almost lost to Auburn and Troy at home. After that, he was dominant and led the Tigers to the National Championship. He tends to start off slow in the season and progresses every week and becomes as dominant as ever.

Deshaun will be fine, he was bound to have a bad game. It’s gonna happen, that’s the NFL and you can’t be a dominant player every game. Even Brady had a few bad games last year. O’Brien needs to let him play his game and not overwhelm him. He’s gonna be great for us.

Speaking of O’Brien, his poor game management cannot go unmentioned. Texans fans. and even the CBS commentators, were scratching their heads when he did not call a timeout on Rob Gronkowski’s “catch” before halftime that ended up in a Patriots score and pretty much was the dagger with the way we were playing. After the game he said “That’s not my job to call a timeout

You are the head football coach Bill, you are one of the only members on the team that can call a timeout in that spot. I think it’s ridiculous that the Houston Texans are so conservative with their timeouts, I mean, they walked into halftime with three of them. They are meant to be used, not just left there.

This is very concerning because this is not the first time obviously that O’Brien has trouble with game management. He is making first-year coach mistakes and he’s already in his 5th year as a head coach.

He has everything he wants in place, a GM that will listen to him and finally a young QB that he can develop. Belichick has a famous saying that says “Do Your Job” and Bill O’Brien has to do his job better because I hope he isn’t one of those coaches who hold the team back. I heard someone say on the radio today that “We have a 12-4 team but we’ve got an 8-8 coach” and that could end up true.

Check out Tyrann Mathieu’s recent tweet down below.

The Honey Badger is correct, this is a MUST WIN game and the team needs to treat it as is because we face the Titans who are a divisional opponent.

Here’s one thing to remember…

The Houston Texans have a lot of “Get Right Games” ahead

Until the end of October, the Houston Texans face the Titans, Bills, Cowboys, Giants, and Colts. All of those teams will probably finish at .500 or below. This is why I wasn’t concerned with the entire team after the loss because I know we are better than those teams all around.

The Titans, who the Texans face this Sunday, are without Marcus Mariota and Delanie Walker. They are coming off a loss against the Dolphins who are projected to be a dumpster fire once again.

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The Texans just played the AFC favorite New England Patriots and lost by only 7. I think it’s obvious that we faced the better opponent last Sunday and we should be better prepared this week for them since they are without their two main offensive players. No excuse to lose this game.

The Bills just lost 47-3 to the Ravens, I think that needs little to no explanation since their offense is a joke and they have a QB problem with Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen. Simply put, they are an abomination.

Giants are an interesting team ever since they drafted the rookie RB Saquan Barkley, who broke out a 69 yard TD run against our division rival Jaguars. Odell Beckham’s footwork and overall game is flawless and will definitely cause problems for this secondary on September 23rd at home.

The Houston Texans will see the Dallas Cowboys on SNF, an I-45 showdown. Right now, the Cowboys have many problems including the play of Dak Prescott. A lot of Cowboys fans are afraid that his rookie year was the ceiling for him as he’s been on a downward trend ever since.

The offensive line is depleted as they looked lost against the Panthers this past week. Our defensive line should be able to absolutely stop everything Dallas does because that offense is slow. Dallas’s defensive line is really good but that’s about it. They have a lot of problems.

Andrew Luck is finally back for Colts, but they shouldn’t be as they still have a lot of holes to fill everywhere else but the QB spot.

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Overall, I can see the Houston Texans, at the end of the October, with a 5-1 record. The big test is on October 29th when the Texans play the Jaguars, that game will tell us fans what this team is made of. I am not concerned about this team. I think they are gonna be just fine.