The Houston Texans entered Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals coming off two tight losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts. They appeared to be improving, despite six straight losses, and a win over the 4-4 Cardinals would have theoretically signaled an upturn for the second half of the season.
Instead, familiar problems along the offensive line and in the secondary reared their heads, as the Texans turned a 3-point halftime lead into a 3-point loss in Arizona. They managed just 41 yards of offense after halftime after gaining 194 in the first, failing to capitalize on big plays made on defense.
If there was any positive takeaway for the offense, it was that Case Keenum once again played reasonably well, according to Vega at Texans blog Battle Red Blog.
Rice is having the worst season of his career. Through seven games, he has just 259 yards on 97 carries, good for 2.7 yards per carry. Rice suffered a hip injury in Week 2 and clearly hasn’t been 100 percent this season, showing little of the agility and open-field burst that made him one of the most electric players in the league. Rice has yet to reach even 80 yards in a game after topping 100 or more four times last season.
His backup, Bernard Pierce, has fared no better. Last The Best Cheap Jerseys season, Pierce rushed for 532 yards on 85 carries and the two backs looked like a formidable 1-2 punch, but that hasn’t continued into this year. Pierce has just 230 yards on 85 rushes while battling a hamstring injury.
But perhaps their biggest feat came on the very first play of the game, when DE Calais Campbell forced a fumble deep in the Texans red zone. The fumble was then recovered by LB Matt Shaughnessy, who ran it into the end zone to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard within the first 15 seconds of Cheap Barcelona Jerseys the game. It was a fitting start to the defense’s day.