Houston – (CBS HOUSTON) – If you’re expecting to find the same doom and gloom outlook on the Texans that many of their fans are espousing today, you’ll need to took elsewhere. At practice Thursday, the mood was focused, relaxed, and optimistic.

“I know I’ve been in a season where we (were) 2-14,” wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said. “I know it’s a long season. I know we have a good team. The games that we did lose were games that we beat ourselves. Give credit to the other team, but we know we have a good team, and we know we have a long season ahead of us. So nobody’s hanging their head. We’re number one in our division.”

The Texans hope to change the narrative back to a positive when the Detroit Lions comes to Houston in a noon kickoff this Sunday. It won’t be easy. The Lions have won three in a row, two of which came against the Eagles and Redskins in the NFC East, widely considered to be the toughest division in football. Additionally, Stafford is playing some of the best football of his career, and is third in the league in quarterback rating.

Comparatively speaking, Brock Osweiler’s struggles are well chronicled. In Monday’s 27-9 defeat to the Broncos, he became the first quarterback in NFL history to have three games of 40+ passing attempts and less than 200 yards passing in the same season. Still, Osweiler doesn’t seem fazed.

“We have a great football team,” Osweiler said. We just have to find a way to be more consistent and we will. We’re going into week eight. We’re 2-0 in our division. At the end of the day, we’ve done some really good things this year, and we’re consistently striving to be better every single day.”


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