Week 18: Houston Texans 23 @ Indianapolis Colts 23
The week 18 loss at home with a win-and-in mentality was heartbreaking. The Texans came out on their first play from scrimmage and punched the Colts in the mouth. The Indianapolis defense, despite being 28th in scoring, largely never gave up the big play. C.J Stround managed to throw a 75-yard touchdown on the first play that set the tone for the game, as the young Colts secondary struggled,
The Colts had 277 rushing yards with Jonathan Taylor rushing for 188 of those and a touchdown. Gardner Minshew had multiple missed opportunites on open players and looked out of his element. The Texans defense played an extremely tough game and got after Minshew the entire day. While our rookies stuggled, the Texans rookie class shined as Will Anderson Jr., Nico Collins, and C.J Stroud all shined with big games and big plays at critical times.
Then there's the infamous 4th-and-1. Here's what I don't understand about that play. Jonathon Taylor was having a career day and on a critical, game-breaking play, Taylor was pulled out for a player who was activated off the practice squad just a few days prior? What in the NFL was that? The entire play was a disaster to begin with: Minshew threw a horrible pass and the running back tripped overhimself dropping a possible game-winning pass.
The Colts were also 1-of-11 on third down and didn't get a conversion until late in the 4th quarter and were 0-for-1 on 4th down. This game hurt the most and is the one I want back the most.