For the second time in as many 2016 road games, Brock Osweiler and the Texans offense sputtered.
On Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Houston mustered just 13 points in a 31-13 defeat. The lone touchdown an Osweiler to DeAndre Hopkins 1-yard pass, with 3:46 remaining in the game.
After, the quarterback pointed the finger at himself for the loss.
"It starts with me," Osweiler said. "I need to do my job better. I need to play better. Especially on the road."
He completed 19-of-42 passes for 184 yards. Osweiler was sacked four times, and picked off once. His left tackle, however, said the responsibility for the loss doesn't fall on just one player or coach.
"Nah, it's not his fault," Brown said. "No one person can take the blame for this. We have to continue to do a better job protecting him, giving him time back there. We have to do a better job of running the ball when it's time to run the ball."
Head coach Bill O'Brien shouldered the blame for the loss, and said Osweiler remained persistent.
"I thought he battled," O'Brien said. "Again, I think it starts and ends with me."
Osweiler said there was no indication in the run-up to the trip north that the offense would struggle.
"It's disappointing," Osweiler said. "I felt like I had a great week of practice. I felt like our entire football team had a great week of practice. I was very confident coming into this game today. I knew we had a great challenge ahead of us, but I felt confident with what we could do."
The loss dropped the Texans record to 3-2 in 2016. They'll host the Colts at NRG Stadium on Sunday Night Football in Week 6.