HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON)– Yeah, it feels like the sky is falling after the Texans’ latest loss. At least to us. The offense struggled. The defense couldn’t make plays. And Houston lost a home game to a Chargers team that has underachieved most of the year.
As for the feeling in the locker room? It’s a lot different than the way we’re looking at things. At least outwardly.
“Man, everybody (outside of NRG) is panicking,” said linebacker Whitney Mercilus. “Thing is, we control our own destiny. We’ve just got to be able to play better ball as we move forward in December, and get that ticket to the big dance at the end.”
“I ain’t worried about a thing, man. We’re still at the top of our division. We’ve still got a winning record,” said Mercilus. “We’ve got to correct a few mistakes and play our best ball here in December.”
Mercilus does have a point, no matter how frustrating it is to repetitively admit. The 6-5 Texans lead the AFC South, leading the 6-6 Titans by a half game and 5-6 Colts by a full game. They’re undefeated in the division with wins over those Titans and Colts, not to mention the hapless Jaguars.
“That’s one way to look at it,” said cornerback Johnathan Joseph. “Obviously you hold all your cards from that standpoint. You go out there and win the ball games you need to win you still kind of control your destiny. But for us I just think it’s just about taking things one game at a time.”
Texans tackle Duane Brown also thinks any thought that the Texans are “worrying” is a bit extreme. Still he knows that they have to turn things around.
“Worrisome isn’t the word I would use,” continued Brown. “But we definitely have to play better.”
Brown thinks the Texans’ toughness – which was certainly on display at the end of last season with all the changes at quarterback – should be a big help for the team going forward.
“I think we’re a resilient group,” said Brown. “I think everybody in here knows the season isn’t lost and that we have a lot to play for. So we have to snap out of it.”
“Everything that we want is still in front of us,” continued Brown. “The games aren’t going to get any easier. We have another tough defense that we’re going to face up in Green Bay. We have to find ways to produce and win these next few games here. Win this next game, and then win the rest after that.”
For the most part, the Texans held the Chargers offense in check. San Diego only had 302 yards of total offense, tying for their second lowest point total of the year. Cornerback Johnathan Joseph was asked by John McClain if “you hold the Chargers to 8 points less than their average, should you win?”
“You would think so,” answered Joseph. “But I’ve seen crazier things happen in this league. Take your hats off to those guys. They found a way to get the win, and we came up on the short end of the stick yesterday.”
“We’ve got to stop putting so much pressure on our defense,” said Brown. “So whatever it is we have to correct it.”
Brown’s right. The Packers might be underachieving this year, but it isn’t easy to outscore Aaron Rodgers. Especially when you remember that the game is a December showdown in Wisconsin. Brr.
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