Another week, another player saying he knew Brock Osweiler was good for a gift.
After Osweiler and the Houston Texans eked out a 20-13 win over the Detroit Lions today at NRG Stadium, safety Glover Quin said they knew during the week that they’d have their chances against Osweiler, who threw his ninth interception of the year just before the end of the first half.
“We knew he would give us some opportunities,” Quinn said. “We just wanted to do what we had planned and let the game flow. He gave us a few opportunities, we made one, and that was a big play for us.”
Quin is of course referring to the play made by Johnson Bademosi’s with just under a minute left in the second quarter. After taking a 14-0 lead, Osweiler and the Texans offense were driving with a chance to make it a three score game. But instead of going up 21, or even 17, Osweiler forced it to DeAndre Hopkins on third and 8 from the Lions 27, blowing a chance to put Detriot away.
“I mean, you just watch him, they try to get the ball to 10,” Quin said when asked if they thought Osweiler had a habit of forcing the ball to Hopkins. “We knew we were going to have some opportunities, and we made a play.”
It’s not much different than what Denver Broncos CB Chris Harris said about Osweiler before the Texans meltdown on Monday Night Football, that he was a bit of a “gunslinger.”
The narrative holds up, too.
Heading into the weekend, only Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, Blake Bortles and Jameis Winston — two bridge QBs and two players with as many years experience combined (five) as Osweiler has himself — had more interceptions than Osweiler.
Not only is Osweiler among the most turnover prone QBs in the NFL this season, he’s also one of the most giving QBs Bill O’Brien has coached here in Houston. In 2014, the Texans had only 13 interceptions as a team. Last year, they had only 12 interceptions as a team.
Maybe more troubling: not only is Osweiler less than careful with the football, but he’s not doing much to compensate. Heading into Week 8, Osweiler had only eight touchdowns this season, tied for 14th in the NFL, with Tom Brady (who missed the first four games of the season), Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Keenum and Trevor Siemian, all of whom had a better completion percentage, more yards per attempt and a better QB rating than Osweiler.
Though this was something of a get-right game for Osweiler, who was reportedly viewed as having waning confidence according to a number of league insiders this week, it’s worth noting that his performance was the worst of any QB against the Lions this season:
Kirk Cousins (WAS) – L, 17-20 – 30/39, 301 yds, TD, 106.9 QB rtg, 7.72 yds/att
Case Keenum (LA) – L, 28-31 – 27/32, 321 yds, 3 TD, INT 126.7 QB rtg, 10.03 yds/att
Carson Wentz (PHI) – L, 23-24 – 25/33, 238 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT, 102.8 QB rtg, 7.21 yds/att
Brian Hoyer – W, 17-14 – 28/36, 302 yds, 2 TD, 120.1 QB rtg, 8.39 yds/att
Aaron Rodgers – W, 34-27 – 15/24, 205 yds, 4 TD, 129.3 QB rtg, 8.54 yds/att
Marcus Mariota – W, 16-15 – 25/33, 238 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT, 102.8, 7.21 yds/att
Andrew Luck – L, 35-39 – 31/47, 385 yds, 4 TD, 119.5 QB rtg, 8.19
The Texans have been much stronger in the second half of the season under O’Brien, so the hope is that they’ll be able to use the bye week to figure out what’s been going wrong and somehow get it right. Because even if the soft AFC South should help them get an automatic playoff bid for winning the division, if they don’t improve, we’re likely to see an encore performance of last year’s AFC Wild Card.