HOUSTON – Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders felt eerily acquainted to the Houston Texans.
Another lead within the fourth quarter became a loss.
The Texans (1-4-1) walked out of bye week hoping issues can be completely different, however the momentum started to shift once more because the Raiders marched down the sphere because the third quarter drew to a detailed and tried , to clear a 20-17 deficit.
Four video games later, Raiders operating again Josh Jacobs sprinted to the center and drove by means of a few defenders into the top zone with 13:32 left.
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The Raiders gained 38-20 because the Texans did not rating one other level within the final quarter for the fourth time in six video games this season.
There was a 17-level lead within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Colts in a 20-20 Week 1 tie.
And identical to their matchup with the Raiders, their 16-9 Week 2 loss to the Broncos gave them a 3-level lead within the fourth.
And once more phew.
In Week 3, simply earlier than the beginning of the fourth quarter, they fought again in opposition to the Chicago Bears to make it 20-20 earlier than dropping 23-20.
The Texans have been topped by 41 factors within the fourth quarter of this season, trailing solely the Baltimore Ravens, and it is an issue coach Lovie Smith cannot resolve.
“If we knew exactly what this was, we would have fixed it,” Smith stated. “We’ll just keep digging in. You group them all together, it doesn’t look good. There was one particular game where I can imagine where we ended up. … If you’ve done it once, you should do it again, we’ll keep working on that.”
In the primary three quarters, the Texans have the ninth-finest lead (10) within the NFL. They solely allowed 13.17 factors forward of the fourth quarter, making them ninth-lowest.
The blame lies on either side of the ball.
Defensively, they permit 9.67 factors and 113.8 yards, each of which rank fourth highest. They’ve struggled to cease groups by means of the air as they conceded 491 yards (tenth most) with three touchdowns and the push protection conceded 214 yards (twelfth most).
Offensively, they common 2.83 fourth (second lowest) and produce 64.5 yards (third lowest).
The quarterback sport was a part of the issue, as Davis Mills has an 11.2 QBR in fourth- and second-worst. Mills threw one landing tied for the second least within the quarter and threw three interceptions tied for the second most.
“It’s difficult. Of course you have to be realistic, but I’m a confident optimist,” Mills stated. “If you’ll be able to play them for 3, three and a half quarters, you could find a approach to end video games and we have been ready to do this simply not up to now.”
Even their promising rookie operating again, Dameon Pierce, sixth within the NFL in dashing, has simply 55 yards on 21 carries within the fourth quarter.
So nothing works, and the lack to end video games was the distinction between a profitable report and sitting with the Detroit Lions as the one two groups with only one win.
Sunday would be the subsequent alternative to change the tone of the season when the Texans host the Tennessee Titans (4-2) at NRG Stadium (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS).