This article might explain the performance of the Texans in the final preseason game against the Bucs.
Texans happy to be healthy heading into season
HOUSTON -- The final preseason game was a mere diversion for the Houston Texans as they prepared for the regular season opener, and it showed.
Safe to say they were looking ahead. After all, the Texans already were game-planning and practicing for the opener against the San Diego Chargers, with reserve tailback Adam Matthews portraying LaDainian Tomlinson.
Thus the lackluster game Thursday night, a 17-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which neither first-team offense scored a point in limited action.
Houston finished the exhibition season 1-3, matching the win total from its inaugural season in 2002. The Texans went winless during the exhibition season last year.
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