The Texans came close once again, but in the NFL, close isn’t good enough. And this loss has some Texans seeing red.
Defensive end Antonio Smith came out swinging after the Texans lost to the Patriots 34-31, a game that saw Smith’s club blow a ten point lead at halftime.
“Either teams or spying on us or scouting is. I don’t know what it is,” Smith said. “We had some ways that we were going to play this week; ways that were just put in this week, and it was just miraculous that they changed some things they did on offense that keyed on what we put in.”
Smith implying that the Pats somehow knew what was coming. The Patriots were fined by the NFL years ago for the ‘Spygate’ scandal.
It was the 10th straight loss for the Texans. Ben Tate's third touchdown run of the day put the Texans up 31-28 in the fourth quarter, but the Pats scored a pair of field goals to seal the deal. Coach Gary Kubiak says there are no moral victories in this league.
“We had our opportunities to win so we’re very disappointed. But we can’t be disappointed for long because we have to play pretty quick,” Kubiak said. “If you’re asking if there’s a moral victory, we work all week to win.”
Andre Johnson had nine catches in the game and made history in the loss by becoming the second fastest to 900 career catches in NFL history.
“Jerry Rice is the greatest to ever play. To do something faster than he’s done it is a tremendous honor,” Johnson said.
But he says personal numbers mean nothing. The game is about what the team does.
“This season has been disappointing for everybody. There’s a lot of frustration. It is what it is,” Johnson stated.
The Texans are now 2-10, have the worst record in the NFL and will visit Jacksonville on Thursday night.