Coach Gary Kubiak gathered the Texans in the locker room after their 35-6 rout over the Bengals and told the players they played almost perfect football for four quarters.
For the first time this season, the defense didn't allow a touchdown and didn't let the opposing team score in the red zone. For the first time this season, the Texans won the turnover battle. For the first time this season, this team played with a killer instinct for 60 minutes.
Perfection in Houston? It seemed almost impossible after four straight losses to start the season. But the Texans have been clawing their way back this last month.
They have the numbers to prove it.
In the last five games, the Texans are averaging 410 yards of offense per game and have the second-ranked pass offense for that time period.
Sunday was the fourth consecutive game where Matt Schaub threw for over 250 yards. In his last four starts, the quarterback has averaged a passer rating of 113.6, which is the highest in the NFL for that span.
Now, for Andre Johnson.
'Dre recorded 41 catches for 593 receiving yards in October. The Pro Bowler leads all NFL receivers so far this season with 56 receptions for 772 yards. That's 772 receiving yards and the Texans have only played seven games.
Speaking of those seven games, the Texans have won three of them. Their 3-4 record puts them back in the mix of the AFC South. They may not finish with a perfect record, but the Texans still will work and search for that perfect game.