Texans have to "clean up" turnovers

The Texans have struggled with turnovers in the second half of their season.

Before their Sunday off in Week 7, they were 3-3 on the season, and sitting at plus-1 in turnover differential. Since their return from the week off, they've not played a game where they've been positive in turnover differential, and they've been minus-9 in that span. On the season, they're 28th in the NFL in turnover differential at minus-8.

On Monday Night Football, quarterback Tom Savage was picked off twice, and lost a fumble on a strip-sack. He was also able to pass for 252 yards on a Ravens defense that entered the game ranked 2nd in the NFL in passing yards allowed. 

"When you go through the film of all the plays that he's had, the guy's made some really good plays, but then there's the turnovers," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "Not all the turnovers have been his fault. He and I have talked about it extensively and we've got to stop doing that. I think if he can clean that up, he's really going to take off, but he's got to clean that up."

Quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan explained what has to happen in the week of practice to prevent the mistakes during the game.

"We have to do our best in terms of prep, whether it be in the film, whether it be on the practice field, in terms of our prep," Ryan said. "Make great decisions with the football, have to do it, and we can't turn the ball over. That's that."

Savage, who's started five games this season, thinks the more experience he gets will only help.

"You just have to go out there and keep doing it," Savage said. "Keep playing – and see the looks. I think it just comes with experience."

The Texans travel to Nashville this weekend for a Sunday matchup with the Titans at noon CT.

The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 9/7/2020)

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