The Houston Texans fell back to Earth today, falling to the Minnesota Vikings 28-21, as once again, the dreaded turnover reared its ugly head. The Texans tossed two redzone interceptions and lost a fumble on the Vikings side of the ball, effectively blowing three scoring chances in a game they lost by one touchdown.
Except for an early interception the Texans took to the house, the game came down to the Vikings doing the little things better: protecting the football, protecting their quarterback, not committing killer simplistic penalties. On the other hand, the Texans lost the turnover battle 3-3, committed a pair of false start penalties in the second half, and ended their last possession of the game by taking back to back sacks on third and fourth down.
The Texans are still not mentally ready to move to the next level yet. The talent is there but now they have to start thinking they can play like champions. After all, according to John Madden, 90% of the game is half mental.
Andre Johnson's streaks ended as he had just 4 receptions for 62 yards, although he did catch a late TD pass. Owen Daniels was in double digits in receptions and topped 100 yards as the Texans did show they can spread the ball around. Daniels was really key on the Texans' first two possessions in the second half.
Matt Schaub left the game at halftime with a knee injury. Sage Rosenfels came in and played very well in the third quarter, but threw an interception in the end zone with the Texans trailing 21-14. That turnover was a key play as the momentum shifted to the Vikings again after that.
Gary Kubiak needs to decide on who will be the left tackle. The Texans were hurt by two false start penalties, one on Ephraim Salaam and one on Duane Brown and that might have been contributed to they platooning of these two players causing them an inability to get into the flow and speed of the game.
The Texans fell to 3-5 on the season and now need a 6-2 second half to finish with a winning record for the first time in their history. They also fell to 0-4 on the road this season, showing yet another weakness keeping them from moving up to that next level.