For Brock Osweiler and offense, consistency is key

Brock Osweiler and the offense struggled Sunday in Minnesota.

But the Texans quarterback is still confident in the unit's capabilities.

"We have a great offense," Osweiler said. "We just have to consistently be that great offense."

With a nod to playmakers like Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins, as well as rookie receiver Will Fuller and running back Lamar Miller, head coach Bill O'Brien explained the goal for the offensive staff.

"We've got to just have a better game-plan," O'Brien said. "That's what we're trying to do: put together a better game-plan. Give him a better chance to have a good game, just with some of the x's and o's. We've got to do a better job of getting our playmakers the ball, and I think that's going to help Brock play better."

The Colts come to town for a Sunday night matchup in Week 6. Through five games, Osweiler's completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,133 yards and six touchdowns. He's been picked off seven times. But in three victories this season, Osweiler has completed 63 percent of his passes for 753 yards and five touchdowns. The quarterback said he must get back to basics.

 

"I would like to be more consistent," Osweiler said. "I think we've shown some really great flashes of when all 11 guys are on the same page, we're moving the ball. We're scoring points. We're having a good mix of runs and pass. Other times you turn on the tape and you see three-and-outs. You see us not being able to convert on third down. You see us getting down into the red zone and settling for field goals."

To have success against Osweiler, Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano said the Colts need to be successful early.

"Our deal is going to be you have to be good on first down," Pagano said. "They do a great job running the football with Lamar and the play-action pass. They're getting the ball into playmakers' hands – Brock's doing a great job there. We have to be good on early downs in order to give our guys a chance to maybe get after him some on third down."

Osweiler and the Texans are 21st in the NFL on 3rd-down efficiency, as they've been successful at a 37.33 percent clip.

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