In fairness to the Houston Texans, they haven’t exactly had the most easy of schedules to start the season. That’s not to suggest that fans shouldn’t be disappointed with a 2-3 record coming into Week 6, but after contests against the Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, few would consider that schedule favorable. Thankfully though, things were looking to get a little easier thanks to a home matchup against the St. Louis Rams, a game the Super Bowl or bust Texans shouldn’t have had much issue with.
Only problem? They had a lot of issues. A lot.
From the opening kick, the Rams completely plastered the Texans, taking an early 7-0 lead thanks to a two-yard Sam Bradford touchdown pass. St. Louis continued to pour on the scoring come the second quarter with a Greg Zuerlein field goal, which was matched by the Texans a few minutes later – though that was a disappointment considering the Texans looked to be in prime position for a touchdown just a few plays earlier.
Leading 10-3, St. Louis found the end zone once again, this time coming from Lance Kendricks on another two-yard pass from Bradford. Houston was able to tighten the score to 17-6 prior to halftime, but things quickly unraveled from there.
Minutes into the third quarter, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford tossed his third touchdown of the game, this time a four yard slant to Brian Quick. On the ensuing kickoff, Houston returner Keshawn Martin fumbled the kickoff after a fifteen yard return, allowing Rams linebacker Daren Bates to pick it up and rumble to the end zone.
Nursing a 31-6 lead, the Rams refused to let off the gas, terrorizing Texans quarterback Matt Schaub relentlessly, sacking him three times before he left the game with an ankle injury.
Backup T.J. Yates entered the game for Houston and looked to have a good rhythm going before he was picked off by St. Louis linebacker Alec Ogletree, who, you guessed it ran the interception back to the house, making it the fifth straight game the Texans have allowed a pick-six interception. Yates’ yips continued as the backup tossed another interception moments later, though shockingly, this one wasn’t return for a touchdown.
The lone positive for Houston came from running back Arian Foster, who despite sitting late, still managed to rush for over 140 yards, though, was unable to hit pay dirt on his twenty carries.
Houston was able to secure a garbage time touchdown, but it was far too late as the boo birds rained down from the crowd all afternoon long.