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Houston (CBS Houston)– To say that the Houston Texans are going through a rough patch is a huge understatement.

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said after Sunday’s 38-13 loss against the Rams that, “We just seem to make too many mistakes, key mistakes.”

And he’s right.

Sunday the Texans were penalized seven times for 95 yards, but it was defensive back Kareem Jackson’s pass interference that really hit the team hard as the Rams scored their first touchdown.

“We’re aggressive; it’s a part of what we do. We’re not going to change what we do,” Kubiak said at his Monday afternoon press conference. “There are times when he has to get his hands. Sometimes you don’t always agree with all of the calls, but you don’t want to take the aggression away from your players. Obviously, what is that, a 35 or 40-yard penalty that jump starts them as a football team? K-Jack knows that but he has to go back out there and cover in man-coverage again this week. We’re not going to change what we do defensively.”

K-Jack was covering Rams’ wide receiver Brian Quick and as quarterback Sam Bradford threw a deep pass to Quick, Jackson was flagged for defensive pass interference. The Rams were able to capitalize on Jackson’s penalty and score a touchdown on that drive.

After the game, Jackson was confused on the call and said that he doesn’t, “know what the refs are looking at.”

“I’ve just got to play.  I won’t change how I play,” Jackson continued on Sunday. “In my opinion, I think I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.  I’m relying on my technique, being on top.  I thought we had the right look for the ball and the player just as much as the receiver did.  It seems like we are coming out on the short end of the stick as far as doing things right as a defensive player.  I guess that is what the game is going to now.”

This isn’t the first time Jackson is plagued with penalties.  Jackson was fined $42,000 for a hit against the Titans in Week 2 and in Week 4, the Texans were penalized 15 yards against Seattle for Jackson picking up a receiver and slamming him to the ground. That was the final “nail” for the Seahawks to kick the game-winning field goal.

SportsRadio 610 caught up with Jackson Monday evening as he attended the “Tailgating for a Cure,” which is an event to tackle cancer. This event hits close to home as Jackson’s mom is a breast cancer survivor.

When asked about the penalties Jackson said that he doesn’t agree with the calls but all he needs to do is continue to play.

“I’ll continue to work hard,” Jackson answered. “And do the little things that I do that make me a physical player.”

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi

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