HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Texans had lost 4 of their last 5 going into Sunday’s game against the Titans. But after a 30-16 victory in Nashville, the locker room was in a very good mood Monday.
“Coming in on a Monday is a lot easier after a win,” said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. “That lift feels a little bit better. You’re less sore than you would be after a loss. We’ve just got to figure out ways to have this feeling on Mondays.
Now at 4-4, the Texans will host the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday at NRG Stadium.
“Expected to be a little bit better than that,” said Fitzpatrick. “But sitting at 3-4 last week and losing a few games in a row…we’ve got to be happy with that. Happy with winning this last game. We’ve got to turn all our focus to the second half of the season here. And really to the Eagles. And try to go into the bye with another win.”
Philadelphia’s offense is one of the best – and fastest – in the league. To climb back above .500, Texans left tackle Duane knows his offense will need long drives this week to offset the Eagles quick-score capabilities. The defense will need the offense to have long drives so they can catch their breath before another series against the Philly defense. To do that, it’ll help if Arian Foster can keep making incredible plays.
“You never know what’s going to happen [when he carries the ball],” said Fitzpatrick. “It’s fun to hand off and watch him figure out where the best hole’s going to be, and make one cut and make a couple guys miss.”
Brown was also thrilled to see what Arian Foster accomplished yesterday. He said he told Foster “that’s the 23 I’m used to seeing.” He said if the offensive line can get Arian Foster to the second level “special things can happen” because of Foster’s ability.
The Texans allowed five sacks against the Titans. So who was at fault? Both Fitzpatrick and tackle Duane Brown were quick to go Spartacus mode and fall on their swords.
“A lot of that is just me be smarter, getting rid of it when I need to,” said Fitzpatrick. “[I] held on to it a little too long. The offensive line has been working their tails off up front. So there were some situations yesterday where I could have been a little bit smarter.”
After Fitzpatrick blamed himself, Brown said he and his offensive line were at fault. He said it wasn’t for a lack of talent or effort, just that “Communication errors” led to the QB take-downs. He said he wasn’t “overly concerned” though and mentioned he thought the team could correct those issues this week.
Brian Cushing’s Status
Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing missed Sunday’s victory with a knee injury. He thinks he could have played against the Titans, but it “came down to a decision to what was best for the team and the longevity of the season.”
Cushing said his knee was feeling fine the first few weeks but it hasn’t felt as good since the season progressed. He said he is looking for “progress” this week on his knee and the “plan is to play.”
Cushing added no matter how often he has dealt with injury he doesn’t get used to being out and he wants to play. He added as he has gotten older he has to be a little bit more patient and a little smarter about his health.
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