Andre Johnson: My fumble is to blame for Texans’ loss

Save for one play, Andre Johnson turned in his finest performance yet this season.

But it was that one play — a game-changing fumble in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s loss to the Colts — that’s sticking with him.

“It cost my team,” Johnson said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I accept full responsibility for it. It’s probably why we lost (Thursday night).”

The Texans’ Pro Bowl receiver brought his A-game, recording seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown, his first of the year.

That’s the good.

The bad?

It was a rare lapse from Johnson, who coughed up the ball in the midst of Houston’s late rally. Indianapolis would be awarded possession in a controversial, replay-confirmed call; he arguably never secured the catch, as CBS referee expert Mike Carey echoed live on air.

Johnson chalked it up to running before the catch.

“I just tried to make something happen before really protecting the ball. … I wish I could play again (Friday) to change that and redeem myself,” Johnson said.

Yes, the fumble undeniably changed the course of the game, but Johnson was the least of the Texans’ problems. If we’re really pointing fingers here, do so at everyone not named J.J. Watt on a defense shredded by Andrew Luck and Co. and an offense held back by its quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

(Photo credit: Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

Zack Kelberman
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