Nothing like a bye week

Well, we finally got our first win of the season. It wasn't always the prettiest game, but we got the job done. Good teams find a way to pull off close wins, and that's a promising sign that we're headed in the right direction.

To make the win even sweeter, I found out Monday that I was named the team's Defensive Player of the Week along with DeMeco Ryans. It's a tremendous honor. I thought I had a good game, but a lot of guys had a good game. To get my first regular season win with the Texans, and be recognized by the coaching staff, it means a lot to me and it's special. (By the way, check out this shot of me getting in Daunte Culpepper's face. It was all in good fun.)

This bye week couldn't have come at a better time. After beating the Dolphins, and approaching the midway point of the season—counting training camp and the preseason—I think we all could use a little break.

I am going to go to Scottsdale, Ariz. Thursday to hang out by the pool and do a lot of golfing. My best friend goes to law school out there and another one of my friends works out there, too. I return on Sunday. Just enough time to chill out and get refreshed.

A lot of fans wonder if NFL players are glued to the television to watch football when they aren't playing. Well, we're football junkies, but sometimes it's good to get away from the gridiron, too. I'll watch some games this Saturday and Sunday, but up until then I'm probably just going to take a little break and clear my mind of football and just get restarted. I want to recharge my battery, and that's all I'm focused on right now.

Coach Kubiak was nice enough to give us five days off (Wednesday-Sunday), which is great. Some teams only get Thursday and Friday off during their bye week. Having that extra day to ourselves is huge, especially for a lot of vets, because we need that time to get our legs back. So getting away from Reliant Stadium helps us so that we can come back rejuvenated, refreshed and hit this home stretch on the upswing.

Now that we're finished with a quarter of our regular season schedule, the biggest thing we need to focus on is continuing to take steps forward. The last thing we want to do is come off a win and a bye and take steps back. I don't think this team is going to do that. We've gotten better as the weeks have gone on. We have a 1-3 record. Yeah, that's not great. But if we keep moving forward and getting better at the same rate, we can turn our record around just as quick as we got into this 1-3 hole.

A win at Dallas would be a great way to get the momentum going. I won't comment too much on that game yet. There'll be more than enough hype next week. Right now, I have to get my golf clubs together.

(By the way, thanks for all the supportive e-mails this past week. It helps to know we have such passionate fans. You guys were huge on Sunday, too.)

Talk to you next week.

Take care,

Anthony

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