With sweat still on his face and tape still on his fingers, Texans left tackle Duane Brown offered a blunt assessment of his offensive unit following a 21-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers Sunday at NRG Stadium.
“It wasn’t our best outing, not by any means,” the longest tenured Texan said. “Running the ball, a few turnovers, they got the best of us in pass protection. All around, just a bad outing for us.”
In front over over 71 thousand fans, the Texans offense had its worst outing at home all season, and those fans let the team know how it felt on multiple occasions.
“It’s never a good thing when your home crowd’s booing you,” Texans tight end Ryan Griffin said. “These are our fans and we want to put on a show for them, we want to win for them, and we’re trying, we really are, we’re trying, putting our work in, but it wasn’t good enough today.”
The Texans punted the first two times they got the football, but took the lead early in the second quarter when Brock Osweiler reached the ball over the goaline. The next four drives ended in interception, punt, punt, fumble. They drove inside the five early in the fourth quarter, but settled for a 19-yard field goal. Osweiler was picked off two more times, the last on a hail mary on the game’s last play.
“13 points isn’t enough,” Brown said. You gotta put points on the board and we weren’t able to do that.”
Back in October many players in the Texans’ locker room called out fans for leaving their comeback win over Indianapolis. On Sunday, they booed as they remained in their seats, and Brown took no offense.
“Can’t blame them,” he said. “You gotta go out there and put a good product on the field. We didn’t do that today.”
Despite the loss, the Texans remain in AFC South’s top spot, and Brown thinks the offense can bounce back.
“We feel like we have a lot of talent on this offense. We feel like we can put up points. We had opportunities to do that.”