Texans vs. Eagles Week 9 Notebook: Fighting Against the NFL’s Elite
HOUSTON — Houston Texans were a significant underdog heading into Thursday night’s match against the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. There was little hope that they could pull off an upset.
The Texans shocked everyone with their opening drive score. Second-year quarterback Davis Mills connected with rookie tight end Teagan Quitoriano for a two-yard touchdown to end a 75-yard drive amid their first possession.
Houston’s first-quarter touchdown indicated the fact that the poor performance against the Tennessee Titans Sunday was not going to be repeated at NRG Stadium.
The Texans’ battle against the best team of the league may have shocked the general public. But Houston’s effort still resulted in a 29-17 Week 9 loss to the Eagles.
” We knew who we were playing and they are the best football team right now,” Lovie Smith stated. “We played hard, but the turnovers hurt. There were many positive things to be proud of. I enjoyed the way our men fought tonight. “
Jalen Hurts’ happy homecoming
Smith understood the importance of Jalen Hurts returning to his hometown but did not want him to experience a happy homecoming. Although the Eagles’ rising star quarterback was pushed by the Texans, Hurts prevailed to deliver another MVP-caliber performance.
Despite receiving four sacks on the night, Hurts finished the game with 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns while completing 77 percent of his pass attempts. Although the Texans failed to stop Hurts’ use of his legs to extend plays on offense, Smith was happy with the efforts of his front seven.
” I think he has improved the most than any other player of the league,” Smith stated. He is mobile and a difficult guy to take down. We did a good job of containing him, especially the front seven. “
Houston’s wide receiver corps was better than expected without Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins.
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Nico Collins and Brandin Cooks have established themselves as Houston’s top receivers through the first seven games. But, without both players, there was some concern about Houston’s wide receiver corps. Led by Phillip Dorsett with 69 yards on three catches, Houston’s wideouts notched 154 yards and a touchdown despite their depleted position group.
” All of our receivers showed up tonight,” Mills stated. “They were making plays. This was the game plan, without Cooks and Collins. Everyone was ready to make plays and step up. “
– Rookie running back Dameon Pierce rushed for over 100 yards for the second time in his career. He finished the game with a career-high 139 yards on 27 carries.
– The team’s most prolific defensive lineman Jerry Hughes had two sacks on the night. Kurt Hinish and Steven Nelson also recorded sacks against Hurts.
– Wide receiver Tyron Johns made his first catch in his career as a Texans player. Johnson was able to catch one pass for eight yards.
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