As the Houston Texans move on to face their next opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, the one thing they won't do is dwell on the 41-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. "It’s Wednesday now. So now, we’re just getting ready for the Colts,” Ahman Green said.
That's a good thing too. Because the Colts have thoroughly owned the Houston Texans, winning 12 of the 13 meetings between these two teams, although the Texans know they had a very good chance to beat them earlier this season. “I think we did some really good things against them the last time. It obviously showed us that we can go toe-to-toe with them and really outplay them. It’s going to be different, though, at their place. They play a little more confidently, and I think their defense is a little better when they play at home. So it’s going to be another challenge, but we have confidence in what we did against them last time and how we’ve been moving the ball," said Owen Daniels.
As has been reported, many times, the Texans top priority to winning any game has to be cutting down on the turnovers. “I think it’s something that happens but at the same time, when you’re playing, it’s not like you’re running with the ball saying, ‘Oh, I’m going to turn the ball over.’ It’s just something that happens. I think it’s just something that we just have to become more aware of while we’re playing. Other than that, that’s pretty much all you can do about it," Andre Johnson said.\
Sage Rodenfels refused to bottom out after what has to be considered the worst start of his Texan tenure. “I try never to beat myself up; I think it’s an insane thing to do.” Rosenfels and the Texans are, however, concerned with the return of Bob Sanders to the Colts defense this week. “He can play in the box as an extra, sort of almost a linebacker, but he’s also fast enough to cover in the secondary and wreak havoc with the receivers.”
This past Tuesday, three Texans (Owen Daniels, Eric Winston and David Anderson) visited the Shriners Hospital for Children to meet with patients in the orthopaedics wing. The children, in rehab for ailments ranging from cerebral palsy to scoliosis, are members of the players’ “Small, Medium and Large” Texans All Community Team (T.A.C.T) program group. “With our position, I think we’re responsible to do things like this,” Daniels said. “And it’s great to come out to this Shriners Hospital and to see kids being this tough – strong, brave kids in the conditions that they’re in. It’s really inspirational.”
Winston has been visiting children's ever since his days at the University of Miami. “There’s just something about them that I really get into,” he said. “I think it’s just awesome how much good they do here, and the Shriners in general are such an amazing organization that helps so many kids every year in different places around the country. I don’t think we could’ve picked a better organization.”
Anderson found it easy to break the ice with the children by having them autograph his Texans polo shirt with their names and favorite numbers. "Sometimes, they get scared to ask us for our autograph,” Anderson said. “So I find if you ask them for theirs first, they start asking and then everyone gets into signing because a lot of kids don’t want to ask. It just kind of gets the interaction a little easier because sometimes, you don’t know what exactly topics to bring up first with kids. Numbers and names and stuff like that are always a simple, good way to start a conversation.”
(quotes and notes creditted to houstontexans.com)