Texans explain how to improve on offense

The Texans offense must improve, and Bill O'Brien is the first to say so.

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"Touchdowns, first downs, better red area percentage, better third down percentage, like everything better," the head coach said Thursday. "Running game's been good. Running game's been pretty good, so hopefully we can keep that going. Pass game needs to improve. Everybody. Coaching, playing."

The Texans are 31st in the NFL with 16.7 points per contest. They're 29th in the League in yards per game with 319.6. They're averaging 204.3 passing yards per game, and that mark is 30th-best in the NFL. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins said getting better in games lies in the week of work.

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"Just going out and practicing and perfecting it at practice," Hopkins said. "You do everything right at practice and it's going to relay over to the game. Our focus right now is coming out and practicing perfect."

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Quarterback Brock Osweiler cited execution and consistency as the two main things he and the Texans passing attack are striving for currently.

"I think for us to score more touchdowns and to do that on a consistent basis, it just comes down to

executing on a consistent basis, every single play," Osweiler said. "First-and-10, finding positive yards, on second down, getting a first down, don't even get to third down, and then when you do get to third down you have to find a way to make plays and keep the chains moving."

Detroit comes to town for a Week 8 showdown, and they bring a defense that's struggled. It ranks in the League's bottom third when it comes to points per game (24.3) and yards per game allowed (385). The defense is dead last in the NFL on third down, as opposing teams have converted 51.2 percent of the time.

The Texans host the Lions on Sunday at NRG Stadium, and kickoff is at noon.

Check out some of the best shots from Thursday's practice as the Texans prepare for the Lions.

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