After their sixth consecutive loss, Head Coach David Culley said the Texans must change some things.
On the road in Arizona, Houston was beat 31-5 by the Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. After the Texans took a 5-0 lead early in the second quarter, Arizona peeled off 31 unanswered points. Culley explained what happens next.
"We're going to re-evaluate everything we're doing from coaching them," Culley said. "We'll make sure we've got the right guys that are in there. I know we're limited in what we're playing with, but we'll look and see and try to keep getting the best combination."
As so often has been the case in the Texans losses this season, penalties (8 for 80 yards) haunted Houston. Five of the Texans' 12 possessions ended with punts after a three-and-out. On the six drives where the Texans offense was penalized, one resulted in a field goal while four ended with punts. The fifth was a turnover on downs.
Veteran WR Danny Amendola returned to action after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury. He caught three passes for 17 yards, and said the Texans need to improve during the week of preparation.
"You practice as hard as you can," Amendola said. "You try to emulate the game-like situations as much as you can in practice. So when that situation comes up in a game, you're ready for it. We've got to get back to the field, get back on it and keep going."
Defensively, the proverbial dam broke for the Texans in the second quarter and early part of the third. The Cardinals scored on all three second-quarter possessions, two of which were touchdown drives. After the Texans punted on their first possession after the half, Arizona found the end zone again. DL Jonathan Greenard, a bright spot in the defeat with two sacks, was disappointed after the loss.
"Losing is always tough," Greenard said. "You can't find one guy that loves to lose. We can't sit here and cry about it. It sucks, but we still got 10 games to play. We've just got to keep playing."
Following two straight road games, the Texans return home and will host the Rams next Sunday on October 31 at NRG Stadium in Week 8. Kickoff is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.