Oh did the Houston Texans look good… for the first half of their season opener on Monday Night Football with the New Orleans Saints.
They had a 14-3 lead at halftime and a 21-10 lead late in the third quarter. Then, Drew Brees happened. More specifically, Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel let Drew Brees happen.
The Texans had every opportunity to put the game away on defense, but a suspect secondary let the Saints stay in the game.
Brees continued to pick apart the Texans’ secondary with a 9-yard pass to Taysom Hill and a 14-yard pass to Tre’Quan Smith to make it 24-21. Newly acquired receiver Kenny Stills helped put the Texans up 28-24 with a 37- yard touchdown reception with 37 seconds left.
Wait, we’re going to win? On Monday Night Football? Against the Saints? It’s too good to be true.
It was too good to be true.
Brees finished the night 32-of-43 passing for 370 yards and those two touchdown passes. His most impressive work came in the final seconds of the game though.
With those 37 seconds left, Brees engineered one of the more impressive game-winning drives of his career, going 3-of-3 passing and pushing the ball 35 yards to Houston’s 40.
However, the last completion, a 9-yard dart to Ted Ginn, Jr., shouldn’t have happened. There were six seconds left and all the Saints needed were a few yards.
Instead of playing press coverage knowing the Saints had one timeout and were close to field goal range, Crennel dropped his defense into a prevent defense with the safeties 25 or 30 yards downfield in anticipation of a Hail Mary with six seconds left.
Had there been press coverage on Ginn and the Saints’ receiving corps, maybe the Texans win. Maybe the Saints complete an impromptu Hail Mary and win the game.
Maybe the Texans are just cursed. At least my home city has the Astros, who can clinch the division this week.
Houston Texans, I hate you, but I love you.
Friday Volleyball Scores
Jourdanton- W @ George West 3-1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-15, 25-16)
McMullen- Idle for Tuesday’s volleyball roundup.
Pleasanton hosted Harlandale. Jourdanton hosted Hondo. Poteet hosted Fredericksburg. McMullen traveled to district foe Freer to begin district play.