The Houston Texans didn’t exactly have the best trip to Mexico City on Monday night. The field was a mess, the officials missed several calls that could have changed the outcome of the game, and quarterback Brock Osweiler was dealing with more than just Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack all night.
He had to endure a bright green laser pointer being shined in his eyes for part of the game. It came from the stands, and though the situation was seemingly under control by the second half it did have an impact on his game.
He called it “very distracting” after the Texans’ 27-20 loss to Oakland.
“I’m still gathering information on what exactly took place, but all I know at this point is when we were out there on the field on offense, there were multiple times I saw a green laser coming from the stands,” Osweiler said, via the Houston Chronicle. “There was a couple of times it definitely hit me in the eye. And it was very noticeable.
Osweiler won’t say whether the distraction changed the outcome of the game, but he did acknowledge it had an impact.
“I never want to say one thing is a difference-maker, but certainly, having a laser zoomed in on your eyeball definitely affects how you play a game.”
Osweiler had himself a pretty good game despite the circumstances, completing 26 of 39 passes for 243 yards with a touchdown and interception. His performance wasn’t enough to net the Texans a win, but all things considered it was one of his better games of the season.