The TEXANS lost this one due to a number of reasons:
IMHO (in order of importance):
1. Inability to overcome momentum shift.
Granted, it was caused by several inept / borderline calls & bad breaks (starting with the rotten bounce on the Jets punt), but we've got to overcome those, especially on the road. Texans really looked like they 'mailed it in' from there on out.
2. Poor Defensive play, esp. in run pursuit.
We got absolutely HANDLED by the Jets line, and our outside contain was just horrible.
3. Poor decision-making by Carr.
He could easily have ended the day with 5+ picks. AJ made him look better than he should have on several occasions.
The "Good" things I saw today:
1. The O-Line actually seemed to show up.
I know the Jets lost their #1 pass-rusher to injury early, but we still looked FAR better in protection than usual.
2. DD seemed to be running with more "confidence", and showed some burst.
The big one may have gotten called back, but it was still a bright spot for him personally.
3. The play-calling appeared more balanced, and more willing to take some chances.
Our failures in the passing game today weren't due to bad play design, just poor execution by the QB. Maybe having Stanley injured during warmups wasn't such a bad thing.
The Refs didn't lose this one for us, though they obviously had a HUGE contribution to the momentum shift. That said, they looked like one of the worst crews in NFL history for about 5 minutes there. As for their contribution to our first TD...was it a "cheap" call?...maybe, but at least it was by the book and supposedly an "area of importance" this year. The same can't be said for the "wave-off" of the Punt return flag or the Carr "intentional grounding" calls.