[Editor’s Note: Rich Lord runs the sidelines for our broadcasts of Houston Texans games on Sports Radio 610. The first day after every Texans game he’ll bring you his five biggest things he saw from the field. Catch Rich on the J&R Show from 2p-6p Monday – Friday on Sports Radio 610.]
First before we get into the ‘Five From The Field’ let’s explain the picture above:
The NFL and its players have once again launched their annual Salute to Service campaign. In the month of November, each NFL team is designating one home game to honor the military. On Sunday in Arizona, the Cardinals and the Texans were both part of the salute, with some players adding an element of camouflage to their gameday attire. As you can see, the sellout crowd also had a hand in the salute. The NFL donates $300 for every point scored in these games to 3 core, military non-profit partners. Last year’s inaugural campaign raised nearly $800,000.
Five From The Field:
1.) Veteran safety Ed Reed knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he threw acting head coach Wade Phillips under the bus by saying that the Texans had not only been outplayed by the Cardinals, but also outcoached by them. Reed’s not happy about being demoted so he lashed out at the guy that benched him. Bad move. If Reed wants to learn about why the Texans’ season has gone south, he needs to take a long look in the mirror. The Texans are 0-7 with Reed in the lineup and he has yet to defend a single pass.
2.) Ed Reed was out of line with what he said, but Ben Tate’s contention that the Texans abandoned the run too early versus the Cardinals was accurate. Tate was far more diplomatic about his disagreement with the coaching, saying that he’s a competitor who wants the ball so he can help his team. But he made his point. And I agree. After Tate gained 15 yards on 3 carries to start the 4th quarter with Arizona up 3, there was no reason to try a long ball to Andre Johnson. That was followed by a sack and the game was never the same.
3.) This loss is almost completely on the offense, or lack thereof. The tone was set early with a strip sack and fumble recovery for a touchdown on the game’s first play. The Texans overcame that and actually led at the half, but their first 3 offensive series of the second half was some of the worst offensive football you will ever see. Possession 1: 6 snaps, 4 yards in the wrong direction, punt. Possession 2: 4 snaps, 2 yards in the wrong direction, punt. Possession 3: 6 snaps, 4 yards in the wrong direction, punt. By early in the 4th quarter, the defense was gassed from being on the field so much.
4.) J.J. Watt will never give up. How appropriate that he dominated in a game designated to honor our military. He never stops fighting. He may not be having as productive a season as he did as NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, but he made it clear both during and after the game that he is not wired for anything other than going 100% all the time. 2 forced fumbles, a sack, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 hits on the quarterback had a big impact on the game as did the 3 times a Cardinal lineman was guilty of a false start in a failed attempt to get the first step on him.
5.) Case Keenum has given the offense a shot in the arm with 7 touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first 3 starts, but you cannot ignore how close he came on multiple plays to joining Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates in the pick-6 club. Keenum is a gunslinger not afraid to make a throw. I like that. But in the first half alone, Arizona’s Karlos Dansby got his hands on 2 footballs and twice came within inches of making an interception deep in Texans’ territory. Keenum has also fumbled 3 times in 3 starts, losing 2.
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