Texans agree: must play better football

Vince Wilfork was succinct after Sunday's loss to Carolina.

He didn't mince words or waste time when describing what the Texans needed to do better after the 24-17 defeat.

"Eliminate bad football," the veteran defensive lineman said. "That's one thing so we'll start with that."

A day later, his teammates echoed what he said.

"I agree with him," cornerback Kareem Jackson said. "We all should be like that, especially the way the last two games went. Little things, paying attention to the little details, small things, keeping up with winning games. I agree with him. It has to get better and it has to get better now."

Fellow cornerback Johnathan Joseph said that while it isn't time to panic, there's no time for complacency either at 0-2.

"You don't want to just keep saying 'Well, we have time left' and things like that," Joseph said. "You definitely have to get the ball rolling eventually."

For head coach Bill O'Brien, the Texans have a few key areas they need to address.

"Look, we've got to play better as a team," O'Brien said. "We have to play better complimentary football. On defense, we have to tackle better. We've got to communicate better. We've got to challenge receivers more. We've got to pressure the quarterback more. There's just a lot of different things that we can all do better."

The players have Tuesday off, and will return to the Houston Methodist Training Center on Wednesday morning for practice. They host Tampa Bay at NRG Stadium on Sunday at noon CT.

Check out these snapshots from the Texans' Week 2 matchup with the Panthers.

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