Yeah, the referees were bad, and played a part in Houston losing 27-20 to the Oakland Raiders, but the only story here is Bill O'Brien and his clueless, gutless decision to punt the ball to Oakland trailing by a TD with 3:02 left.
The Texans faced a 4th and five in their own territory and decided to punt. That was a baffling decision that went uncriticized by the announcers, somehow. The Raiders had scored fairly easily on their two previous possessions, and they have one of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL.
The Raiders averaged 6.4 yards per play Monday night. You know how these things work – the Texans never got the ball back. And lost.
Amazingly, they’re still 6-4 after the defeat, and atop the putrid AFC South. The Colts are 5-5 and the Titans 5-6. Indianapolis has beaten Tennessee twice. The Colts choked away a late lead in Houston earlier this season and lost in overtime, so the Texans still have the inside track on the division which means a spot in the playoffs.
So the Texans lose in embarrassing fashion to the Raiders, but then get word that Andrew Luck of the Colts is in concussion protocol and probably won’t play on Thanksgiving against the Steelers.
How lucky are the Texans?