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DeAndre Hopkins sort of went for game-losing fumble

Bill O'Brien, DeAndre Hopkins

Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien talks to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)


If the Texans offense could play defense as well as their defense plays offense, they might not have lost last night.

As impressive as defensive end J.J. Watt’s effort was, a less-aggressive play by DeAndre Hopkins also stood out.

The Texans were driving for a potential game-winning score when quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick fumbled.

But fumbles happen.

Teammate DeAndre Hopkins was in position to recover, but stood and watched the Colts dive on it to seal the win. The video of the lack of effort was even more jarring.

“I kind of judged it wrong,” Hopkins said, via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle. “I couldn’t really see the way it was bouncing. After looking at it, I definitely think I could of dove and got it. Out there on the field, I thought too much.”

Or perhaps not at all.

Receiver Andre Johnson tried to take the blame for his earlier fumble, which ruined an otherwise brilliant night for the veteran receiver.

“It cost my team,” Johnson said. “I accept full responsibility for it. It’s probably why we lost.”

There were many other mistakes by the Texans, the 24-point lead they spotted the Colts primary among them. But Hopkins insisted it wasn’t his fault.

“That was a long game,” Hopkins said. “There is about an hour or 60 minutes in a game and I don’t think that five seconds or however long decided the outcome of the game. We had a lot of turnovers and they had turnovers. It’s football.”

True. but some Texans play it differently than others.