HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Another Sunday. Another ugly Texans loss on the road. Can anyone pinpoint why the Texans play so poorly against the league’s best teams?
“If I knew the answer, I’d tell you,” said Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. “We just got to pick things up on the road. That’s two big, bad losses that we’ve had on the road. It’s still early. We still have time to figure things out but we got a big test this week. Conference game. So, we’re looking forward to that.”
Non-fun, obvious facts: The Texans have struggled against the best teams in the NFL during Bill O’Brien’s 38 games as Houston’s head coach. They’re 2-9 against playoff teams, and 4-11 against teams with records over .500. Yikes.
They’ve also had a rough time getting out of early 2 score holes during O’Brien’s tenure:
- 9/21/14 – Trailed the Giants 17-0 in the 2nd quarter, lost 30-17
- 10/10/14 – Trailed the Colts 24-0 in the 2nd quarter, lost 33-28
- 9/13/15 – Trailed the Chiefs 27-6 in the 2nd quarter, lost 27-20
- 10/5/15 – Trailed the Falcons 28-0 at halftime, 42-0 in the 4th, lost 48-21
- 10/26/15 – Trailed the Dolphins 41-0 at halftime, lost 44 – 26
- 1/9/16 – Trailed the Chiefs 13-0 at halftime, lost 30-0
- 9/26/16 – Trailed the Patriots 10-0 at halftime, lost 27-0
- 10/9/16 – Trailed the Vikings 24-0 in the 2nd quarter, lost 31-13
“You definitely can’t get yourself in a hole like that especially in this league against a good team like that,” said Fiedorowicz. “It’s hard to come back from.”
So why does it keep happening?
“If I had the answer, I’d tell you,” continued Fiedorowicz. “Tennessee, we started fast. This game, it was a slow start. If I had the answer, I’d tell you. It’s still early. We have time to work things out.”
It’s tough to just gloss over those facts. Still, the Texans are 3-2, and hold first place in the AFC South. They’re better than most teams in that wretched division . . . though we’re not sure if they’re better than the Colts with a healthy Andrew Luck. And despite looking so bad against the Patriots and Vikings, a win over Indy Sunday night would give them a very good shot of winning the AFC South for the second straight year.
Neat. But until they beat one of the league’s best, I’m not buying in. And until they beat one of the league’s best, I can’t just move “On to Indianapolis”. I’m going to dwell.
But the Texans can’t do that. They’re saying they’re on to the next game.
“I think it’s early in the season and definitely there’s things we need to get taken care of, but that’s why we practice,” said linebacker Bernardrick McKinney. “That’s why we watch the film because I know that very quickly we have to get ready for Indianapolis. We are just coming in to work and improve.”
“It’s Week 5, so there is 11 more weeks to play,” said wide receiver Jaelen Strong. “I don’t think anybody should be concerned right now at all.”
“I’m not concerned at all,” continued McKinney. “Like I said, we’re just going to watch film, coach is going to do a great job of making the gameplan for us. As a defensive unit, we just have to go out there and try to execute.”
We’ll see if they can do it Sunday night.
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