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Rapid Reaction: Houston Texans

A few thoughts on the Houston Texans' 30-17 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.

What it means: The Texans' drop to 2-1 after the Giants exposed a lot of flaws. They were playing without starting running back Arian Foster and threw the ball more than they did last week, when quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw only 19 passes. The Giants' pass-rush was fierce starting early in the game, with Jason Pierre-Paul's mere presence creating problems for Fitzpatrick. The quarterback threw three interceptions after having none in the Texans' first two games.

Stock watch: Stock in the Texans' defense went down Sunday. It got gashed on the ground, giving up more than 170 yards rushing to Giants running back Rashad Jennings. Jennings' previous best game, by the way, was also against the Texans. Last year he eclipsed 150 yards against Houston while playing for the Raiders. Granted, this unit was put into some bad positions by the offense's turnovers, but there were times when the team needed stops and didn't get them.

Gambling O'Brien: Texans coach Bill O'Brien took a few gambles. Early on one succeeded, and one failed late. In the first quarter he called a fake punt in which Shane Lechler threw a first-down pass to running back Alfred Blue. Lechler, by the way, has thrown five career passes with three completions. In the third quarter, O'Brien went for a fourth-and-1 on the Texans' 46-yard line, but they couldn't convert it. Both times the results of the plays seemed to align with the direction of the game's momentum.

Game ball: Second-year receiver DeAndre Hopkins made one of the most incredible catches we'll probably see all year late in the second quarter. Between two defenders, Hopkins reached up to grab Fitzpatrick's deep pass with his left hand. He came down with the ball safely in his arms, but the play was called back due to an illegal formation called on Tyson Clabo, who had checked in as an eligible receiver. Hopkins was excellent all day despite his offense's problems.

What’s next: Houston returns home to face the Buffalo Bills.