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?”