The injury depleted Texans made it close, but in the end they could not pull off the come from behind win over the Indianapolis Colts at home, losing 20 to 14.
Houston found themselves down 20 to 7 midway through the fourth quarter but fell short as they were stopped on a fourth and goal from the Indy 7-yard line when Tom Savage, who has replaced rookie Deshaun Watson as the Texans starting quarterback was sacked and fumbled.
“Our defense kept us in the game, but it was just not good offensively,” Coach Bill O’Brien said after the game.
But that Texans defense had issues containing Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who had a monster game. Hilton caught five passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns, including scores of 45 and 80 yards.
Jacoby Brissett finished with 308 passing yards as Indy used its two big plays to end a three-game losing streak.
Savage was 19-of-44 for 219 yards and a score. Lamarr Houston returned a fumble 34 yards for a TD as Houston dipped to 3-and-5.
“It’s disappointing,” O’Brien stated. But we have to get back up and get back to work.”
The Texans hit the road next Sunday to face the Rams in Los Angeles.
“We know what we’re up against and we know where we are at right now,” receiver DeAndre Hopkins explained. “We got the guys in the locker room to play a complete second half of the season.”