Rex Burkhead runs for 149 as Texans stun Chargers, 41-29

Los Angeles Chargers v Houston Texans
Getty Images

The Chargers had a big opportunity to solidify their position in the AFC playoff race with a victory over the Texans.

Los Angeles wasn’t able to get it done.

Though both teams had several key players miss the game on the COVID-19 list, Houston was able to overcome the losses and  came away with a 34-23 victory.

With star edge rusher Joey Bosa, defensive lineman Justin Jones, and cornerback Tevaughn Campbell all among the players on the COVID-19 list, the Chargers had a lot of trouble slowing down the Texans on offense. Quarterback Davis Mills was 21-of-27 passing for 254 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

But running back Rex Burkhead was the star of the show, rushing for 149 yards and a pair of TDs.

While the Chargers had a 12-7 lead in the second quarter after Justin Jackson’s 17-yard touchdown, the Texans kept control of the game from there. They took a 17-12 halftime lead on Mills’ 41-yard touchdown to receiver Chris Conley. And Burkhead took in his second touchdown with 13:37 left in the fourth quarter to make the score 24-15.

Receiver Nico Collins effectively iced the game with a 13-yard touchdown from Mills — Colins’ first score of his young career. But then Tavierre Thomas added an exclamation point with a pick-six off Justin Herbert with just 1:49 left in the contest.

Herbert threw a cosmetic touchdown to receiver Joshua Palmer with 34 seconds left. But by that point, the game had been decided.

Herbert finished 27-of-35 passing for 336 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Filling in for Austin Ekeler, who is on the COVID-19 list, Justin Jackson had 11 carries for 64 yards with a pair of touchdowns along with eight catches for 98 yards.

Now at 8-7, the Chargers will host the Broncos for what should be another important late-season matchup. But suffering a defeat to a previously three-win team will sting.

Houston will continue to try and play spoiler against San Francisco in Week 17.

8 responses to “Rex Burkhead runs for 149 as Texans stun Chargers, 41-29

  1. The Chargers curse started in 1968.
    Maybe because they were the first steroid team or the Spanos’ royally screwed SD, but the always underperform, except 1994.

  2. Another huge stone in the foundation that Jack Easterby is building with his Holistic Approach that is Honoring to God

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.