Houston (CBS Houston) – Thursday night, in primetime, in front of a national audience, and with a chance to make a statement against the elite of the AFC. The Texans laid an egg, a goose egg, on their way to being shutout 27-0 by the Patriots.

With that said, it’s one game, one of sixteen in the marathon of the NFL season, and games in week three don’t define a season.

Tennessee is next on the schedule for the Texans, but it’s adversity that they face. For head coach Bill O’Brien, how they handle the defeat will define them as a team.

“The mark of a man, the mark of a person is their ability to deal with adversity and how you rise up from it and become better from it,” O’Brien said.

While the Texans have a couple of extra days to lick their wounds, at worst the Texans are still 2-1, and will be at least tied for first in the AFC South when week 3 comes to a close.

The Texans are positioned just fine three weeks into the NFL season, but now the question becomes, how will they handle a loss?

“Part of being a pro is your ability to understand that it really is 16 one-game seasons. That’s a big part of what we talk about with our guys. The next season is Tennessee, and I think that our guys really understand that. They’ll come in ready to go on Monday, they’ll come in with a good attitude, they’ll be ready to work, they’ll be looking forward to playing Tennessee and the challenge of playing Tennessee,” O’Brien added. “That’s part of being a pro football player. At time you’re going to experience nights like that, where they get the better of you. Now, how do you respond to it?”

  1. Perry Pierce says:

    How do teams beat the Patriots, they throw the ball. The first half we tried to prove to everyone the Texans could run the ball effectively on them, but after being shut down the first two series we should have gone more to the passing attack AND we have to protect Brock Osweiler better! He was pressured all night plus the receivers could not get separation.

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