With just five games remaining on the regular season schedule, including three divisional games, every week is monumental. The difference between a win and loss can happen in fraction of the plays.
"There's 160 plays in yesterday's game and the game usually turns on between eight to ten plays," head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "Some of those plays weren't very good, talking about the whole team. But, a lot of the plays were good, and so what happens is San Diego makes a few more plays than you do, a few less mistakes than you do, you're not going to win the game."
Coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season, the Texans spent Monday in meetings and watching film. O'Brien re-watched most of the game with the team, he said.
"I mean, let's put the cards on the table," O'Brien said. "The defense has given up less than 100 yards rushing in three straight games and played really hard. Like, could they play a little bit better on a couple shot plays yesterday and here and there? You know, yeah, but our defense has played well. We've got to play better on offense, but I know our defense understands the challenge of going into Green Bay."
In the 21-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Texans committed four turnovers and had nine penalties for 58 yards, including eight in the first half. However, they also put up 353 net yards of total offense and rushed for 114 yards. The defense limited San Diego to 67 yards rushing and 4-of-11 on third down (36%).
"It's all about 11 guys doing it as consistently as they can on the same page," O'Brien said. "It's all about correcting those things and understanding how close you are to getting it right. It's all about understanding that this league is a very tight league and that we all have to do a better job, starting with me, leading into the Green Bay game."
The Texans will face the Packers in the first of back-to-back road games in December. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
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