Thoughts on the Texans’ 29-23 home loss to San Diego.
What it means: Remember when the Texans jumped out to an early lead in the AFC South? It’s ancient history now. At 4-4 after a harrowing loss to the Chargers, Houston’s even with the Jaguars in last in the division behind the idle Titans (5-3) and awaiting the result of the Colts’ game in Philadelphia that could get Indy to 6-2.
What I didn’t like: A late intentional grounding call against Matt Schaub seemed ridiculous and sunk the Texans’ second-to-last drive. Andre Johnson need to catch the pass, but a drop at the end was a killer, as it ricocheted off his knee and resulted in an interception by Paul Oliver that effectively ended the game. Neither might have mattered if the Texans pass defense could have stopped Seyi Ajirotutu, whose four catches were good for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
What I liked: They did better getting the ball to Arian Foster, who had 27 carries for 127 yards and two touchdown and four catches for 70 more. The 33:49 to 26:11 time-of-possession margin looked good, but it arrived in part because San Diego was making big plays.
Injury question: Schaub appeared to suffer a chest or rib injury late in the third quarter. Did it affect his play from there?
What’s next: The Texans resume AFC South play with a trip to Jacksonville, where one team will be left under .500 when the day is over.