Texans Squander Opportunities From Turnovers Forced By Defense

Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen coughed the ball up three times.

Brandon Scott
September 29, 2019 - 5:16 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- When your defense gets three strip sacks and recovers them all, the hope is to capitalize on those moments and score. 

Brennan Scarlett, Whitney Mercilus and JJ Watt were all able to get to Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen and force him to cough up the ball. 

The Texans only turned one of those plays into six points, dropping Sunday’s game to the Panthers 16-10. 

These were missed opportunities. 

“It’s not good,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said after the game. “Not good. We’ve got to do a better job.”

Scarlett got to Allen on the Panthers’ opening drive, allowing linebacker Bernardrick McKinney to recover the ball on the Texans 18-yard line. 

The Texans were able to move the ball, but eventually stalled when Deshaun Watson was sacked on back-to-back plays. 

In the second quarter, Mercilus forced Allen to give the ball up, which was recovered by Carlos Watkins, setting up a short field for the Texans. 

Then perhaps the worst play call of the game happened. 

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The Texans ran a trick play on 2nd and 4 from Carolina’s 18-yard line with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins throwing across the field to Carlos Hyde. But Panthers cornerback Ross Cockrell was waiting on the throw and returned the interception for 37 yards.

O’Brien called it a bad play call after the game. 

Watt’s strip sack and recovery on Allen resulted in a short touchdown run by Watson, which proved to be the Texans’ only touchdown of the game. 

Scarlett said the performance is something the Texans defense can build on. 

“We’ll go back and review the film and see the positives out there,” Scarlett said. “And also look at the negatives and see how we can improve.”

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