Is it ever wrong to be ungrateful for a win?Because this win feels kind of hollow Keke Coutee Jersey , all things being equal.It’s great that the Texans beat the Cows 19-16, it’s great that we’re only one game back in the AFC South title fight, it’s just great to get a win period.But something isn’t sitting right about it.The Texans should’ve scored more than 19 points.A lot more.They got to within the five yard line five (5!) times and came away with a touchdown exactly once.The rest were either field goals or a turnover on downs.The offense was by no means bad last night.If it were, the Texans wouldn’t have even sniffed the red zone, as has happened in the past.But a lot of their red zone (read:within the five yard line in this case) woes can be boiled down to playcalling.Our Brain Genius O’Brien somehow managed to dial up exactly the dumbest possible play at every turn.In a twisted way it’s quite breathtaking, like managing to dodge every single raindrop in a storm except backwards.And that’s not even taking into account the number of times Brain O’Brien tried to kill Deshaun Watson.To be fair, Watson displayed some lemming tendencies as well, but Brain should know better by now than to call some of these plays.He’s even said, as recently as halftime LAST NIGHT that he had to do a better job of playcalling.On a side note:Can we please start a running tally on how many times he has said that up to this point and beyond?Because it’s reached Kubiakish “it’s on me” levels of irritating.That the Texans were not up by at least two scores can be attributed directly to the playcalling and to the fact that after four-plus years Brain O’Brien has not learned a [kittening] thing about how to coach an NFL team.That it required overtime and a return to the ever-present All-Field-Goal-Offense (which I invented as a joke but O’Brien seems to have taken literally) to eke out a win is beyond frustrating; and is a fundamental problem to the future of the Houston Texans.And if he somehow managed to get Deshaun Watson hurt on his designed run plays, may Durga have mercy on his soul because the people of Houston will not.But it’s a win.A win over the Cows.I’ll take it, but I’ll always wonder what would have happened with a better red zone performance.Anyway, let’s get to the game itself.As always, in finest Hair of the Dog tradition, all swear words have been replaced with the word [kitten] to make this safe to read at work.You’re welcome.Pre-Game Thoughts:MDCCapt RonUTMDC (to UT)BFDWestonUTLukeFirst Quarter:UTMDCUTMDC (to UT)Luke (to UT)Texans force Cows to settle for field goal, trail 3-0.LukeMDCDiehard ChrisUTMDC (to UT)Fairbairn shanks field goal, Texans still behind 3-0.UTMDCLukeBFDUTVegaBFDMDCLuke (to BFD)Cows kick another field goal Deshaun Watson Jersey , lead 6-0.UTWestonLukeMDCUTVegaMDCUT (to Vega)Second Quarter:WestonJeremyMDCUTLukeWatson the quick toss to Coutee Pie and the Texans take the lead 7-6.JeremyMDCWestonKenneth L.JeremyMDC (to Kenneth)UT (to Jeremy)LukeTexans force a stop on third down, nullified by a Clowney offsides penalty.UTMDCUTCapt RonUTKenneth L. (to UT)Luke (to UT)UTCapt RonWestonDiehard ChrisCapt RonUTLukeKenneth L.JeremyBrain O’Brien wimps out and kicks calls for a field goal.Texans lead 10-6.UTCapt RonUT (to Capt Ron)LukeMDCUTCapt RonMDC (to UT)UTTimVegaUTMDCVegaBFDLukeBFDTexans go for it on fourth and goal at the one yard line and come up short.UT (to BFD)MDCHalftime Reactions:MDCWestonCapt RonMDCLukeUTMDCCapt RonUTBFDUTMDC (to UT)UT Capt RonUTThird Quarter:LukeNuk fumbles the ball, Cows recover.UTAw [kitten].BFDMDCTavon Austin catch is ruled incomplete, Cows challenge.MDCVega (to UT)MDCCall stands, Cows lose timeout.Texans challenge a first down, because reasons.UTVegaMDCUTLukeMDCCapt RonCall is overturned, is ruled second and one at the six rather than first and 10 at the five.Quite a relief.Cows score on obvious TD anyway.Great job, Brain.Cows lead 13-10.UTBFDMDCUT (to MDC)Capt RonVegaMDCUTMDCVegaUTMDCCapt RonJustin Reid intercepts Dak Prescott. Call stands after review.MDCCapt RonWestonUTCapt RonMDCVegaWestonCapt RonLukeUTLukeCapt Ron (to UT)UT (to Luke)Capt RonTexans tie the game again, 13-13.UTWestonBFDCapt RonFourth Quarter:VegaUTBFDIt wasn’t.Capt RonMDCWestonCapt RonUTMDCCapt RonBFDUT (to BFD)MDC (to BFD)Weston (to BFD)We know you have bad taste, Big Matt.Capt RonWestonVegaUTBFDVegaMDCUTCapt RonTexans take the lead on, you guessed it, another field goal.Lead 16-13.UTMDCBFDVegaUTMDCCapt RonCows tie the game at 16-16.MDCVegaUT (to Vega)Capt RonMDC (to Vega)WestonMDCKenneth L. (to MDC)WestonMDCUTMDC (to UT)Kenneth L. (to UT)MDCBFD (to UT)VegaUTWestonVega (to Weston)Overtime:VegaWestonKenneth L.MDCVegaUTWestonBFDCapt RonVegaDeAndre Hopkins runs to the Cows’ 27 yard line after making what appeared to be 22 spin moves to get there.VegaUTCapt RonLukeCapt RonUT (to Capt Ron)Kenneth L.MDCField goal is good, Texans win through simple purity of field goals 19-16.VegaUTCapt RonUTHey!Let’s give out some game balls!Offense - DeAndre Hopkins with the run that set up the game winning field goal (lol, the idea of a game winning touchdown).Defense - Justin Reid with his first interception of his career, hopefully the first of many.Special Teams - Ka’imi Fairbairn because glory to all field goal offense.What do you think, BRB faithful?Got someone else you’d rather give the game ball to?Got a better nickname for Keke Coutee than Pie?Want to try to rename the run that Hopkins went on in overtime?We’re all ears.Let us know in the comments! Undrafted Free Agents can either boom ala Arian Foster or bust like Terry Swanson"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Texans StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Texans NewsYahoo Texans Team PageYahoo Texans ReportYahoo Texans Depth ChartYahoo Texans TransactionsYahoo Texans PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Houston Texans Roster: 8th Round Draft PicksNew Zach Cunningham Jersey ,21commentsUndrafted Free Agents can either boom ala Arian Foster or bust like Terry SwansonCDTShareTweetShareShareHouston Texans Roster: 8th Round Draft PicksKaran Higdon at the NFL CombineTrevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsSince the NFL Draft was shortened to 7 rounds, and the last player picked dubbed “Mr. Irrelevant” the class of players signed in the feeding frenzy of undrafted talent directly after the draft ends is often completely overlooked. However, a quick glance at a list of top undrafted players in NFL history brings us names like Wes Welker, Priest Holmes, Nate Newton, James Harrison, Kurt Warner and, of course, Arian Foster. While there’s no guarantee this years crop of Undrafted Free Agents (UDFAs) is going to provide Houston with a future Hall of Famer, there are a few who might not only make the roster but contribute in a very positive manner. Signing undrafted rookies also lets a team quickly address areas of need that weren’t glaring enough to warrant early round draft picks, or in some cases any draft picks. For the Texans, those areas are the running back corps, wide receivers and interior defensive line. Thankfully, the Texans addressed all three spots with UDFAs. Let’s face it, the Texans essentially did nothing to improve their running back corps, unless that is D’Onta Foreman Jersey , you’re one of those people who think getting rid of Alfred Blue immediately upgraded the team. Cue Missouri back Damarea Crockett and Michigan Wolverine back Karan Higdon.Running Back: Damarea CrockettNFL Draft NetworkRunning Back: Karan HigdonNFL Draft TrackerSean PendergastNext up we have a pair of wide receivers who could find the field faster than they run the 40-yard dash. With DeAndre Hopkins a lock at WR1, but Will Fuller and Keke Coutee almost assured to miss time with injuries, there are a lot of question marks on the depth chart after D-Hop. While Vyncint Smith and DeAndre Carter should have a shot at the WR2 or WR3 slot depending on which combo of Fuller/Coutee is off the injury report on any given week, Oklahoma State’s Tyron Johnson and Ohio State’s Johnnie Dixon could both see the field early and often if they learn, adapt and excel quickly enough. Cowboys Ride For FreeTexans Sports NationWhile Houston has the edge set, for sure, with players like J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus and Duke Ejiofor, the interior defensive line could stand an upgrade or two. What does Houston tend to do when in need of a defensive lineman? Turn to the Clemson Tigers (or Houston Texans East, as they may as well be known these days...) Richard Johnson broke down Huggins game very well over at the SBNation main site.In addition, Sean Pendergast had this to say about him:What do you think? Any of these UDFAs get your blood flowing? Think one (or more) of them is going to crack the final 53 in a big way? Expect them all to bust? Convinced a player I didn’t mention is the cream of the UDFA crop? Give us your insights in the comments!
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