O'Brien on loss: "It starts and ends with me"

O'Brien: "It starts and ends with me"
Following the Texans 31-13 loss at Minnesota, head coach Bill O'Brien had one answer for his team's performance.
"It starts and ends with me," O'Brien said after the game. "I have to do a much better job with this football team."
O'Brien shouldered the responsibility for the team's loss in as many road games. The Texans fell into an early 24-0 deficit to the Vikings before halftime. After struggling to sustain drives, a defensive pass interference call in the second quarter resulted in the first Houston first down of the game. The team also converted just 1-of-13 on third downs. 
"I think we had a good practice week but didn't show up on Sunday," O'Brien said. "You know that's a reflection of the game plan, especially offensively and it wasn't good enough. That's a reflection of me. I'm serious and I don't know another way to tell you. I'm not trying to cover for anybody. I'm telling you how I see it right after the game and that's how I see it."
Brock Osweiler completed just 19-of-42 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He was sacked four times for a loss of 29 yards.
"We have to continue to do a better job protecting him, getting him time back there," Duane Brown said. "We have to do a better job of running the ball when it's time to run the ball. No one person can take the blame. This is a team effort. We have to each do something better individually."
The (3-2) Texans still maintain a one-game lead in the division after both the Colts and the Titans won in Week 5 and improved to 2-3. The Jaguars, also with three losses, are on a bye week.  O'Brien hopes to get the team back on track with the Texans facing the Colts in Week 6.
"I think the most important thing is to come in and work hard tomorrow to fix the mistakes and move on to a big game," O'Brien said. "One thing I'll say about this team is I know this team will never stop playing. I think we battled all the way through and obviously we're still losing. Bad performance by the head coach, like I said. I think it is one game. I think there's a lot of season left and this team will play hard."
The Texans host the Indianapolis Colts in a primetime Sunday night matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.  

Following the Texans 31-13 loss at Minnesota, head coach Bill O'Brien had one answer for his team's performance.

"It starts and ends with me," O'Brien said after the game. "I have to do a much better job with this football team."

O'Brien shouldered the responsibility for the team's second loss in as many road games. Houston fell into an early 24-0 deficit to the Vikings before halftime. After struggling to sustain drives, the Texans did not convert a first down until the second quarter after a defensive pass interference call. The team also converted just 1-of-13 on third downs. 

"I think we had a good practice week but didn't show up on Sunday," O'Brien said. "You know that's a reflection of the game plan, especially offensively and it wasn't good enough. That's a reflection of me. I'm serious and I don't know another way to tell you. I'm not trying to cover for anybody. I'm telling you how I see it right after the game and that's how I see it."

The Texans did not score a touchdown until their final offensive series of the game, when DeAndre Hopkins caught a one-yard pass to cap off a 12-play, 75-yard drive. Brock Osweiler completed just 19-of-42 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He was sacked four times for a loss of 29 yards. 

"We have to continue to do a better job protecting him, getting him time back there," Duane Brown said. "We have to do a better job of running the ball when it's time to run the ball. No one person can take the blame. This is a team effort. We have to each do something better individually."

The (3-2) Texans still maintain a one-game lead in the division after both Indianapolis and Tennessee won in Week 5 and improved to 2-3. The Jaguars, also with three losses, are on a bye week. O'Brien hopes to get the team back on track with the Texans facing the Colts in Week 6.

"I think the most important thing is to come in and work hard tomorrow to fix the mistakes and move on to a big game," O'Brien said. "One thing I'll say about this team is I know this team will never stop playing. I think we battled all the way through and obviously we're still losing. Bad performance by the head coach, like I said. I think it is one game. I think there's a lot of season left and this team will play hard."

Right guard Jeff Allen, linebacker Brian Peters, tight end Ryan Griffin all left the game with injuries and did not return. 

The Texans host the Indianapolis Colts in a primetime Sunday night matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Texans faced the Vikings in a week 5 matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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