Published 6:32 p.m. ET Nov. 5, 2017
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson was on the bench in a hoodie, a knee harm having relegated the quarterback to cheering and training because the magic the Houston Texans offense had found with him in management disappeared.
The incomplete pbades from his substitute Tom Savage got here early and infrequently because the boos from the house crowd grew more and more louder with each dangerous play in a 20-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
Watson’s stellar rookie season ended on Thursday when the rookie tore the anterior cruciate ligament in considered one of his knees in apply. Savage, who was benched within the opener for Watson, could not transfer the offense for many of the recreation, however threw a landing go within the fourth quarter to get Houston inside 20-14.
The Texans had an opportunity to win it late, however Savage was sacked by Jabaal Sheard and fumbled as time ran out to safe the victory.
“It’s probably the most frustrating game of my life,” Savage stated. “It’s one of those deals where you just weren’t making the throws. Guys were open and I’m not going to give you the politically correct answer and say blah, blah, blah and we can do better. I’ve got to make the throws.”
The Texans had a primary down on the 7-yard line on that final drive and failed to select up a single yard in 4 performs as Savage threw three incomplete pbades earlier than the fumble.
Coach Bill O’Brien went on a rant about clock administration when requested if Savage might have performed with extra urgency on the finish of the sport.
“I really don’t want to hear any (stuff) about clock management,” he stated. “I really don’t want to hear it this week. He tried to do the best he could. We got lined up as fast as we could. We’ve practiced two minute every week and we just didn’t get it done.”
With Watson working the offense, the Texans (Three-5) had set a franchise report by scoring 30 or extra factors in 5 straight video games. His improvement had given the crew hope that it might end robust and contend for a 3rd straight postseason berth regardless of shedding J.J. Watt to a season-ending harm for a second straight 12 months.
The offense appeared fully completely different with out the dynamic playmaker on the sector on Sunday, and the loss left the Texans looking for solutions in the right way to get again on monitor.
“I don’t really know,” O’Brien stated. “It’s just a combination of a lot of things. The ball’s got to come out. We have to coach better. Everybody’s got to do a better job.”
Houston acquired a landing on a fumble return within the second quarter, however the offense did not rating till a 34-yard reception by DeAndre Hopkins with about six minutes left within the fourth quarter that minimize the result in six.
It was the primary landing go for Savage, who made the fourth begin of his profession on Sunday. He completed 19 of 44 for 219 yards.
“(That) showed we can move the ball,” Hopkins stated. “We just have to do it more consistent, come out and start fresh and not wait until late to pick things up.”
There have been a number of performs on Sunday the place Savage badly missed receivers, inflicting the ball to sail out of bounds. That, he stated, was probably the most troubling issues about his efficiency.
“It’s not my game, never has been my game, of chucking the ball 5 yards out of bounds,” he stated. “That’s where the frustration comes from because I know I’m better than that.”
He’ll should be for the Texans to have an opportunity subsequent week once they go to the Rams, a crew that scored 51 factors towards the Giants on Sunday for his or her third straight win.
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