While the Texans' loss to the Colts Thursday night was not caused by the officials, they contributed. Yet, they did nothing wrong. They made calls that they have to make or they could lose their jobs.
That is the problem with officiating in the NFL that sets it considerably behind other pro sports like the NBA, NHL and MLB. NFL officials are part-timers with no union to protect them. There is no room for common sense like there is in the NBA and NHL.
In the NBA, officials do not always follow the letter of the rule book if infractions that could be called do not affect a play and might interfere with the flow of the show. They try to be accurate on fouls that affect shots or possession, but generally let the players use their physicality against each other on the boards or when battling for possession. This year they are trying to determine if an offensive player initiated the contact in making charge-block calls. In other words much of the officiating is common sense.