Posted on: November 13, 2008 11:25 am
 

Ravens In The Rear View Mirror

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) 

Category: NFL
Tags: Texans
 
Posted on: November 11, 2008 5:44 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2008 6:35 pm
 

They've Owned It; Now Time To Fix It

"Every guy has to be held accountable. Until that happens, we’re going to be in this same situation." - Dunta Robinson

Give the Texans credit. They aren't finger pointing. They aren't making excuses. They aren't hiding from the fact that they are 3-6. They do believe they should be better than that and they are frustrated with the 3-6 record, but they refuse to blame play callling, the offense, the defense or anything else. They understand that it is a team effort that has them at 3-6 and it will take a team effort to get them better than 3-6.

“When things are going bad, the first thing everyone is always going to talk about is the head coach. When things are going bad, there’s going to be a lot of finger pointing and people are going to be saying things. But when you’re winning, it’s the opposite. You’re the best in the world. So, we just have to deal with this adversity that we’re facing right now," says Andre Johnson. Andre has an idea of what can cure this team real quick. “Going to win the game in Indy. That’s the only thing you can do. There’s nothing you can do about what happened yesterday. All you can do is go and try to win the game next week. We go and win the game Sunday, then it’s a different feeling.”

No one has forgotten the way the last meeting between the Colts and Texans ended. Especially Sage Rosenfels. “I think that we all have confidence that we know that we can play right with this team. It’s not like the last time we played, they blew us out. So, we know that they’re going to be ready. They’re not going to take us lightly like they may have two or three years ago. They know that we can play right with them, and we’ve got to bring our A game if we’re going to have a chance to beat them.” Rosenfels has a chance to avenge not only last week's performance but finally get over what happened at the end of the game against the Colts. “It took a little longer just because I wasn’t playing the next week. If I was starting the next week, I think I would have done my best to put it out of my mind within the 24-hour rule. But I’m sure it lasted a few days longer last week, but I’m playing this week so the Baltimore Ravens are no longer on my mind. It’s on the Indianapolis Colts.” Sage said that, as a team, no one is pointing fingers at Kubiak. “Yeah, the head coach usually gets the fingers pointed at him and the quarterback usually gets the fingers pointed at him as well for the blame for the offense. That’s the way it goes. I’m sure in charge of the offense and he’s in charge of the team. That’s the way it is. The president’s in charge of everything—the economy, the welfare system and everything. So, when things aren’t working very well, things are struggling, tops guys always get the blame. As players in here, we’re not pointing fingers. We know how well we can be, and we’ve just got to keep grinding it out and one of these weeks, we’re going to get a big win.”

Kubiak isn't the only Texan coach under fire as defensive coordinator Richard Smith has come under criticism as well. But DeMeco Ryans says it is on the players to perform. "We don’t look at it. We look at it as players and we feel like we all have to step up and play better. We don’t play for the coaches. We play for each other when we step out there on the field and that’s what I tell the guys that it’s about. It’s about us sticking it up and sticking it out there on the line for each other. That’s what it’s about. If we play with that type of attitude, then that’s when we’ll be a lot better.” Ryans says the coaches haven't lost the team. “Oh yeah. We still believe in Kubiak and the coaching staff. There’s no doubt about that. We believe that we can get it done under Kubiak. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can. I know we can.” Ryans also said that the last game against the Colts should not make the Texans overconfident. “I think we can lean on that a lot, but I think the Colts, they are playing a lot better now. I think they kind of have things going in the right direction. It’s always tough going to Indy, playing in Indy. But with the job we did in that first game and the way we had them as a defense, I think we had a bead on what they were doing. We were honed up on it, and I don’t think they’re going to change much. So, I think we still kind of can have the edge on them by that first game we played. We can look at that tape and capitalize on the things that we did good in that game and do them better. I think we have a good shot.” 

Eric Winston is another Texan who has faith in Kubiak. “Absolutely. I think the locker room stuff usually ends up on the player’s shoulders, but I don’t think anybody’s questioning him in here or anybody’s worried about him.” Winston believes he knows why the team has such a relationship with Kubiak. “I think the guys that have been here that came in when he came in, I think we all know what we all inherited. When I got drafted here and when he came on and starting this process, to me, we’ve made a lot of progress. Sometimes these growing pains are painful, to say the least. That’s not good enough right now. That’s not fast enough, but there has been progress and to say there hasn’t been, I don’t think you’re kind of watching the same team.” 

For his part, Kubiak is not worrying about criticism. “What I’m worried today is on our football. In our meetings today strictly on the football we played yesterday, the things we did poorly, the things we’re going to have to do a lot better to have a chance to be successful against Indianapolis. That’s my focus today.”  They key to turning this around? "We’re going to have to keep being aggressive as a football team and find a way to battle through the way we handle some crucial situations.”

(quotes creditted to houstontexans.com)

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 10, 2008 5:07 pm
 

Same Old Song And Dance Routine

" Turnovers, turnovers.”

The dreaded word that has plagued the Houston Texans all season were spoken by Gary Kubiak. Yesterday it reared its ugly head again. Sage Rosenfels threw 4 interceptions and the Ravens broke the game open in the 4th quarter, exploding to a 41-13 win over the Houston Texans.

  “I’ve got to figure out something to do different. I have to figure out a way to get us to play four quarters of clean football."

This isn't about coaches. Texan fans will probably call for Kubiak's head but turnovers are on the players. This isn't high school or even college football. This is the NFL. This is where the players have to go out and execute. Turnovers cannot be blamed on the coaches. Not at the money pro players make. Andre Johnson agrees. “They can’t go out and play the game for us. We have to go out there and play the game. All they do is call the plays, so you can’t really sit here and say it was his fault. It's not his fault at all. He doesn’t have to go out there and play - we do.”

The turnovers are frustrating the entire team, Andre says. “Like I said earlier, turning the ball over, not executing when we were supposed to. It’s pretty much been the same story; it’s no secret. You guys know it. You watch it every week.” 

Yes, we have watched it every week. And yes, it gets frustrating for everyone to watch and know that this team could play with the best in the league. But then to lose like they did against the Steelers, Titans and Ravens. It's really hard to look back and say "this position needs improving" or "this is the weakness of our club" when we can't look past the turnovers to see where we really stack up opposed to where we need to be.

(quotes from houstontexans.com)

Category: NFL
Tags: Ravens, Texans
 
Posted on: November 8, 2008 3:00 am
Edited on: November 8, 2008 9:09 am
 

Fool's Gold

Eric Kay has posed a challenge to the bloggers of Sportsline. Write an essay on what you would do if you were a baseball GM for a day.

I'm going to go ahead and start with a disclaimer. I don't follow baseball near close enough to have a clue where to start when it came to trying to get the Texas Rangers back to where they were in the '90s. Maybe convincing George W. Bush to buy back the team might be what I'd do. Whatever you think of his presidency, GW has to at least go down as the greatest owner in Texas Rangers' history.

But I know what I wouldn't do. Not just as Rangers GM but as Dodgers GM, Yankees GM, Royals GM, Marlins GM, no matter the team.

I would not give Manny Ramirez a 6-year guaranteed contract.

No way in hell!

I know, Manny fan. I know. Without ManRam, the Dodgers finish the 2008 season below .500. He carried not only his teammates, not only his coaches, not only his owners, not only his fans but the entire city of Los Angeles on his back and all the way to the NLCS. No argument there. None. What he did when he was with the Dodgers is one of the most impressive baseball feats in MLB history.

But he also quit on a team that was already paying him guaranteed money. Sure, there may have been some things between Sox management and Manny that we don't know. But they were still paying him guaranteed money and at the end of his time there, he had decided that he no longer had to earn it. It's one thing to be paid guaranteed money and then go out and perform badly. Quite another to be paid guaranteed money and then refuse to go out an perform at all!

Inexcusable!

Look, I'm not a baseball purist. I don't consider the diamond to be the Holy Chapel. I don't consider homerun records to be Sacred Hallowed Ground that can't be tainted by steroids. I don't see much of a difference between pitchers doctoring a ball and hitters doctoring their bodies. I don't mind if Manny stands at home plate and admires a double....as long as he doesn't get thrown out before he gets to second base. If he wants to laugh and high-five fans, I'm all for it.

But don't you dare ever QUITon your team and continue to collect a paycheck. That is the most unforgivable sin in professional sports. And Manny did that to the Red Sox. And admits it! Guess we should at least give him credit for owning up to it?

Yes, Manny carried a team all the way to the NLCS and is capable of doing it again.

He also quit on a team. And he is capable of doing that again as well.

Anyone who gives that man 6 years guaranteed money is a fool. And you know what they say about a fool and his money....

Category: MLB
Posted on: November 6, 2008 5:55 am
 

Slaton Will Face Toughest Rookie Test

With Ahman Green hobbled, rookie Steve Slaton looks to carry the bulk of the load against the best rushing defense in the NFL Sunday when the Houston Texans host the Baltimore Ravens in the Ike Bowl. The Ravens are allowing just 64.2 yards rushing per game, fewest of any team in the NFL.

“You just have to take what they give you,” Slaton said. “They don’t really give up to much, but you have to keep pressing and rely on the run game."

Slaton knows, of course, that the main man in Ravens' defense is Ray Lewis. “He’s a man. He’s definitely a man, I think. He’s a leader of their defense and he has been for so long. He’s going to be one of the guys I’m going to have to look out for.”

Slaton also stressed that the Texans have to protect the football. “It shows in all our losses. Whenever we turn the ball over it’s not in our favor. So, we just have to keep the ball under control.” 

The Ravens extended some high praise to Slaton as well.

“He’s a homerun threat,” Ravens' Head Coach John Harbough said of Slaton. “Every time he touches the ball, you worry about taking it the distances. Whether it’s one of those zone runs they run where he’s a one-cut guy and he hits it, or it’s a screen or a swing pass out of the backfield. He’s kind of the total package and he’s scary.”

Harbough also offered praise to Texans' backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels. “We think Sage Rosenfels is a starting quarterback in the NFL,” Harbaugh said. “He’s proven that. We think people in Houston feel that way. We think people all around the league feel that way. So, we don’t think there’s any drop-off at all.” 

Rosenfels will start for injured starter Matt Schaub. But Texans' center Chris Myers doesn't really view Sage as a backup either. “You consider him a starter that comes in behind another starter. We look at it as if we have two starters on our team. We’re pretty lucky for that. Not many team can say that, that they have two great starting quarterbacks to be able to get the win anytime.”

Still, Rosenfels knows he is the backup and feels he has something to prove. “I've been a backup for eight years,” Rosenfels said. “So if there are 32 teams, for eight years that's 256 times that teams have said, ‘This guy's not our starter.' I think there’s some (naysayers) out there.”

“I feel I've played pretty well 95 percent of the time this year and in that (Colts) game and last week. But a winning quarterback plays good for the entire game and that's what I have to do this week," Rosenfels said.

Controversy surrounds the play that Schaub was injured on. “Well, I think it was (a chep play). The ball was already gone and a player went for my leg, which isn’t what they are supposed to be doing. So, that’s all I can say.”

Jared Allen, the Viking whose hit injured Schaub, apologized after the game.

“It’s hard to tell what a guys intentions are. Playing against him the whole game, I can’t that I think it was intentional. When you going after a guy, you can’t really help where you fall at, but then again, you never know. Some guys want to get that guy out of the game just to make it that much harder for us. So, I don’t think he meant to do it on purpose though,” Texans' left tackle Duane Brown said.

Starting strongside linebacker Zac Diles, who leads the Texans with 66 tackles this year, broke his left tibia in practice yesterday.

"He'll be gone for the year," Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's going to have to have a rod inserted. They're going to try to get that done tonight. We lost a kid that was becoming a great player. It's difficult on the football team to watch that today. We just wish him the best."

"He was having a tremendous year. He was playing great for us, and we’re losing a good player. We’re going to have to have someone step up and fill his shoes," Texans' linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. 

“We were just in a drill working on; I think we were either on punt or punt return. Actually it was a half speed drill. Somehow he claims he kicked himself. I’ll have to go back and look at it. I haven’t seen the film yet. But, just a freak accident, but we all heard it. It was obvious that something bad had happened when he hit the ground,” Kubiak said.

(source houstontexans.com)

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 5, 2008 2:02 pm
 

Ravens Next Men Up

As the Houston Texans prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens this week, I think back upon the best book about life in the NFL I have ever read. It is entitled Next Man Up and is written by John Feinstein.

Released in 2005, Next Man Up is Feinstein's account of the 2004 season he spent with the Baltimore Ravens. Not just from their point of view but from his own as well. He was in the draft room, on the practices, in coaches' meetings, attended team-related religious services and stood on the sidelines during their games.

He relates the story of Art Modell leaving Cleveland and yet still being forced to sell the franchise. He introduces the reader to Steve Bisciotti, the anti-Jerry Jones of NFL ownership. The reader learns how Deion Sanders became a Raven, about the bad blood between Kordell Stewart and Bill Cowher, and why ex-Redskin players love Daniel Snyder while ex-Redskin coaches are likely not to send the Redskin's owner a Christmas card.

The story is told of Ethan Brooks' heartbreak, Ray Lewis' spiritual awakening and Brian Billick's walk to the stadium on game day. Media members, fans and referees all become memorable characters in this book as the realities of a profession so demanding of achieving victory is perfectly illustrated by the way the Ravens' season ends 9-7 without a playoff berth.

Recommended reading for the serious fan of the NFL. Even if you hate the Ravens, you'll learn from their 2004 season that life in the NFL is like life nowhere else.

Category: NFL
Tags: Feinstein, Ravens
 
Posted on: November 4, 2008 8:04 am
 

A Sage Under Center

sage<sup> </sup>n. One venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom. From thefreedictionary.com.

There were some in Houston calling for a quarterback controversy after last year. The Houston Texans finished the 2007 season 8-8, their first non-losing season in franchise history, and backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels was a big reason the Texans posted their most wins ever, going 4-1 as a starter in 2007.

Then, with his one chance to shine in 2008, Rosenfels led the Texans to a 27-10 lead over the Indianapolis Colts, befoe his own self-destruction enabled the Texans to pull out a 31-27 come-from-ahead loss in the most shocking of ways. On the Texans' last three offensive possessions, Rosenfels lost to fumbles that resulted in 14 points and then threw an interception that sealed the Texans' fate.

Then, when Matt Schaub returned and led the Texans to three straight wins, Sage returned to the backup status and was quickly a forgetten man. That is, until halftime of this past Sunday's game against the Vikings.

With Schaub hobbled by a knee injury, Rosenfels came in and led the Texans on two excellent drives, one resulting in a touchdown and the second ending with an interception in the end zone. Rosenfels finished 21 of 29 for 224 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT.

The Texans are in a very rare position in the NFL in that there is not a huge drop off if their starting quarterback gets hurt. We have seen the Patriots suffer inconsistencies with Matt Cassel at QB and we have seen the Cowboys offense simply collapse without Tony Romo. But the Texans offense did not miss a beat, and actually seemed to move the ball better, against the Vikings after Rosenfels came in.

They’re two guys that do a lot of good things and are going to have a heck of a career. But at the same time, they are two guys that have to clean up their issues of turning the ball over," said Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak of Schaub and Rosenfels.

Schaub will be out anywhere from two to four weeks with an MCL injury, meaning Sage Rosenfels will once again be the Texans' starting quarterback as they go up against the Baltimore Ravens in the Ike Bowl. This game was scheduled for week two of the season but was postponed due to Hurricane Ike.

“I think the biggest thing is that I’ve got to go out there and I’ve got to play as close to a perfect game as possible," Rosenfels said.

The injury is an opportunity for Rosenfels but a heartbreaker for Schaub. "It's sad because he's making a ton of progress," Kubiak said of Schaub.

For now, though, the Texans have to put aside their sympathy for Schaub and rally around Rosenfels as they try to get that elusive first winning season. A 3-5 start means they will need to go 6-2 in the second half of the season to accomplish that feat. The Texans last three losses have been by a touchdown or less, including an overtime loss at Jacksonville. "The difference between a 6-10 season and a 10-6 season is very, very small. We have to win those close games," Rosenfels said.

For Kubiak, the difference is the turnovers. "We’re at the bottom of the league as far as turning the ball over. And to me, that starts with quarterbacks’ decisions, and I’ve talked to them about that."

In the end, no matter if it is Schaub or Rosenfels at quarterback, the Texans offense will move the football. But they have to protect the football in order to take that next step. Don't look for a drop in production from this offense as Sage may ver well be the best backup quarterback in the league. But the won-loss record will be dictated on whether or not this team can start winning the turnover battle. The -8 turnover differential is the biggest reason the Texans sit 3-5 and not 5-3 or 6-2.

Hopefully, Rosenfels will take that sage-namesake and play smart football and those turnovers will diminish.

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 3, 2008 8:27 am
Edited on: November 3, 2008 1:54 pm
 

Houston Hangover: Vikings 28 Texans 21

The Houston Texans came into this game with a lot of hope, really thinking they had a good chance at this game. “We felt like we could go out and beat that team. They were a very good football team, a very good defense. We were up to the test, but we just turned the ball over at certain times,” Texans' wide receiver Andre Johnson said after the game.

On the evry first play of the game, Vikings' quarterback Gus Frerotte connected with wide receiver Bernard Berrian for a 55 yard gain to the Texans' 11 yard line. From there, Adrian Peterson would go in from a yard out to give the Vikings a quick 7-0 lead with 12:48 left in the first quarter.

The Texans would open their first offensive series by converting one third down before a sack ended that drive and forced the Texans' to punt.

A false start penalty would put the Vikings' in a 2nd and 14 and then Jacques Reeves would pick off a Frerotte pass and take it 44 yards for a touchdown to tie the game with 8:38 left in the first quarter.

The teams would trade punts, with the Vikings getting the better end of the field position and, in the second quarter, the Vikings would take the lead for good, completeing a 13-play, 47-yard drive that saw the Vikings convert three times on third down and one time on fourth down. Frerotte passed to Sidney Rice for an 8 yard score on 3rd and 7 and the Vikings led 14-7 with 14:07 left in the half.

Matt Schaub would drive the Texans from their own 21 to the Vikings 19, looking to tie the game, but then he was picked off at the Vkings5 yard line, as the first of three scoring opportunities went to waste via a turnover.

The Vkings went three and out and the Texans took over at their own 37 yard line. Schaub connected with Kevin Walter for 28 yards and the Texans had the ball on the Vkings 35 yard line. But, on the very next play, Schaub was sacked, fumbled the ball and the Vikings recovered on their own 44.

The Vikings needed just three plays to stretch their lead as Frerotte connected with Berrian on a 49 yard touchdown pass to give the Vikings a 21-7 lead with 6:09 left in the first half.

The teams traded punts after that and then the Texans ran out the clock and went into halftime trailing 21-7.

The Vikings had shut down Andre Johnson, the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in October as Johnson had 1 catch for 4 yards in the first half. “They played him a ton of two-deep, a very aggressive Cover 2. Again at the line of scrimmage, we did a little bit of everything, but give them credit. They did a good job and rushed the passer incredibly well,” Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak said after the game.

To start the second half, Sage Rosenfels replaced Matt Schaub at quarterback as Schaub was done for the day with an injured knee.  “He was convinced he could stay. I watched as he worked through that second quarter, he still made a couple of plays.  But when he came in at halftime, the knee had swelled. It had obviously stiffened up when I watched him come out in the second half and try to drop back. After what the doctors had told me and what I saw, it made no sense. I thought Sage gave us the best chance,” Kubiak said.  

Rosenfels came out and the Texans' offense took the opening kickoff right down the field and scored to cut the lead to 21-14 with 9:28 remaining in the third quarter. The drive took 10 plays to cover 72 yards and ended with Rosenfles connecting with David Anderson on a 3 yard score.

After a Vikings punt, the Texans had their opportunity to tie the game as Rosenfles drove them from their own 25 to the Vikings 18. Then, according to Kubiak, the Texans thought they were facing a 1st and 10, but in actuality it was a third and short. “What happened was that the communication was that we had a first down on the play before. So, (I) thought we had a first down. Then all of a sudden, I look up and the official says, “No, it’s third-and-short.” And the clock’s under 15 seconds when you can’t talk to your quarterback. Sage made a call, which we instruct him to do. You know, we give him things to go through. Hindsight is 20-20. I wish I had burned a timeout. We had already burned one, but I sure as heck wish I had burned another one right there.” Instead, Rosenfels threw for the endzone and was intercepted, the third time in the game the Texans turned the ball over in scoring range.

On the very next play, Adrian Peterson would break off a 40 yard run, but the Texans' defense would tighten up and, with 14:13 left in the game, the Texans took over at their own 10, still trailing 21-14.

The Texans would drive to the Vikings 48, before a false start penalty on Ephraim Salaam would put them in a 2nd and 15. They would not recover and punted back to the Vikings.

Peterson would then break off runs of 21 and 22 yards as the Vkings would complete a 7 play, 84 yard drive to take a 28-21 lead with just 6:26 to go in the game. Frerotte would complete the drive by completing a 25 yard TD pass to Visanthe Shiancoe as the Texans were braced for more of the Peterson assault. “We couldn’t stop him all day. We knew that. It was a matter of containing him, and hopefully he didn’t get off to too many big runs. I think he had a couple of them. I thought our defense for the most part our defense held him in check and gave us a chance as a football team to get it done. We didn’t get it done," Kubiak said. 

The Texans answered with a 10 play, 67 yard drive that ended with Rosenfels connecting with Johnson from 14 yards out with just 2:58 to go in the game to cut the vkings lead to 28-21.

The Vikings recovered the onside kick but went three and out and the Texans took over at their own 10 with 1:57 to go in the game. But Rosenfels took sacks on third and fourth downs and the Texans chance to win was gone.

“We have been playing some good football. We knew we would have to come in here and play clean. We talked last night about winning the turnover battle – that’s something if our team does, we are pretty hard to beat. We didn’t do that today. Our defense kept us in the game in the second half. We moved the ball. (They’re) a very good football team,” Kubiak said.

"The turnovers killed us. We had two in a red zone, and you’re not going to win football games doing that," said Schaub.

“Our effort was tremendous. Our guys played hard. They were ready to play; played for 60 minutes across the board. But eventually they got dinged by a couple of mistakes and turnovers, which has hurt this football team before," said Kubiak.

“Whether win or lose, we have to go back to work. We are at home next week against another tough team. We’ve got to come out and play hard again. We’ve got to eliminate the mistakes. It seems like whenever we are losing, we’re turning the ball over in crucial situations and really just killing ourselves. If we can learn to stop doing that, we’ll be alright," said Owen Daniels.

(sources: CBS Sportsline, houstontexans.com)

Category: NFL
Tags: Texans, Vikings
 
 
 
 
 
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