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Friday, November 22, 2019

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Officials explain why Texans kept ball on controversial Deshaun Watson fumble at end of game

Deshaun Watson fumble

The NFL officials explained why the Houston Texans retained possession on what appeared to be a Deshaun Watson fumble late in the team’s 20-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

The Texans had the ball with just under two minutes left in the game. Deshaun Watson rushed to the right on a 2nd-and-9 play and had the ball knocked out by Colts linebacker Darius Leonard for a clear fumble.

What wasn’t so clear was who recovered the ball. An official on the field signaled Texans ball after the pile got sorted out.

The Texans called a timeout with about 50 seconds left as they faced a 3rd-and-3 (after nearly a minute had run off the clock from the time after the previous play began). At that point, there was speculation the officials would review the play, but they did not do so. Indianapolis did not have any timeouts left and could not challenge.

The NFL’s officials Twitter account later said the Texans retained possession because there was no clear evidence of a Colts recovery.

Instead of Indy getting the ball back with about 50 seconds left down 20-17 and with no timeouts, Houston retained possession and was able to run out the clock on a huge 20-17 win that gave them the lead in the AFC South.

Texans linebackers arrive to Colts game in ‘Mortal Kombat’ costumes

Texans LB Mortal Kombat

The Houston Texans’ defense appeared to mean business ahead of Thursday night’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Texans’ linebackers arrived to Thursday’s game against the Colts dressed in “Mortal Kombat” outfits

You think they were ready to bring the pain?

Let’s hope for the Texans’ sake that their Mortal Kombat outfits serve them better in their game than the last time they dressed up.

EJ Gaines working out for Houston Texans

EJ Gaines hit

Shortly after losing Phillip Gaines for the season, the Houston Texans sent a third-round pick to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for Gareon Conley. However, they may not be done addressing the cornerback position just yet.

On Tuesday — the typical day for workouts across the league — the Texans hosted former Rams sixth-round pick EJ Gaines, who is no relation to Phillip, on a private visit, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

After spending 2018 with the Cleveland Browns, Gaines signed with the Buffalo Bills in March, but a core muscle injury landed him on IR in August. He was released with an injury settlement in September and has remained a free agent since.

However, now that Gaines has returned to health, he’s looking to find a new home and Houston could be an ideal fit, especially now that Johnathan Joseph and Bradley Roby are both injured.

In 43 career games (38 starts), Gaines has recorded 198 tackles, four tackles for a loss, 34 passes defensed and four interceptions.

Watch: Texans robbed of incredible touchdown by bizarre sack call

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson looked to have produced a dazzling touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts — until the referees had their say.

On 3rd and goal from the 4, Watson seemingly ducked out of two sacks, stayed on his feet, and managed to find DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone for a Houston touchdown. It was ruled on the field, however, that Watson was “in the grasp” of Colts defender Justin Houston, meaning he was ruled down and the play was recorded as a sack.

Watson’s knee never touches the ground. He’s clearly still trying to make a throw even as Houston tries to bring him down. At no point should this play have been stopped.

This isn’t the first time this rule has been applied oddly in a game. It’s meant to protect the quarterback, but in this instance, Watson didn’t need protecting yet.

Texans OT Tytus Howard reportedly suffered partially torn MCL in Week 6

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The Houston Texans collectively held their breath on Sunday afternoon as first-round offensive lineman, Tytus Howard, went down with what was originally feared to be a torn ACL.

“It may have looked worse than it really was,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said after the game. “Hopefully, we can get him back at some point.”

The good news for both Howard and the Texans is that the rookie did not suffer a season-ending torn ACL, but did suffered a partially torn MCL that will likely keep him sidelined for a substantial amount of time, albeit not the remainder of the year.

After Howard was carted off in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, he was replaced by Roderick Johnson, who will likely remain in that role until Howard returns.

In six games this season, Howard had taken 302 offensive snaps, allowing just one sack while being penalized three times. His 61.8 Pro Football Focus grade is middle of the pack when it comes to offensive tackles.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 4

Ezekiel Elliott

The NFL’s Week 4 included a game in which two teams scored 95 combined points, a late rally to keep the Kansas City Chiefs unbeaten, and the highly-awaited debut of a rookie quarterback in Washington. It also brought its fair share of disappointments — and some of them had to do with those exact storylines.

Who underwhelmed in Week 4? Here are 10 big disappointments.

Dallas Cowboys’ offense

The Dallas Cowboys’ offense looked pretty awesome the first few weeks of the season as they started off 3-0 and scored over 30 points in every game. On Sunday night in New Orleans, their offense went missing. Dak Prescott failed to throw a touchdown for the first time all season. His 6.8 yards per attempt was his lowest of the year. The rushing game was arguably worse and went for just 45 yards on 20 carries. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for just 35 yards on 18 carries with a long of six. Both he and Jason Witten lost fumbles in consecutive possessions before halftime. When they needed big drives late in the game, they ended up punting twice. A 12-10 loss was a rude awakening for a team that had been great through three weeks.

Los Angeles Rams

What happened here? The Rams scored 40 but gave up 55 to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has been inconsistent at best. Jameis Winston went for 385 yards and four touchdowns. A lot of that was set up by quality field position owing to four turnovers by Jared Goff, including three interceptions and a late fumble that was returned for a Tampa Bay touchdown. This will raise a lot of new questions about Goff and the defense, and they’ll have to respond.

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Texans acquire Laremy Tunsil, Kenny Stills in trade with Dolphins

Laremy Tunsil

The Houston Texans are making more big moves to address Deshaun Watson’s blind side.

The Texans are acquiring offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a package of draft picks, including a first-round selection

The Dolphins are in full tank mode, as they were expected to be. Tunsil is one of the league’s best offensive linemen, but the Dolphins would rather have draft capital going forward. The inclusion of Stills is also interesting, given his criticism of owner Stephen Ross’ political stances and what it may have meant for his roster spot.

For Houston, Tunsil will protect Watson, who has been in dire need of the protection in recent years. That can only help him and the rest of the offense. This is also the second big trade of the day by Houston, who also traded Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle.