Not long after landing back in Houston following Sunday’s 27-20 loss at New England, the Texans began looking ahead to Week 2.
“As soon as that game was over, we were ready to play the next game just to get the taste out of our mouth,” Whitney Mercilus said. “So we just got to go in here, correct the little things that we didn’t do so well, enhance the things that we did really well and just go from there and concentrate on the Titans.”
Rookie offensive tackle Martinas Rankin had already watched the film twice by Monday morning.
Head coach Bill O’Brien and the team got back to work, making corrections from Sunday’s game in preparation for the division rival Tennessee Titans.
“We turned it over too much didn’t play real well on third down, especially on offense," O'Brien said. "Defensively, we did a nice job on third down. Other than the last punt that the Patriots muffed, we didn’t do anything with turnovers when our defense got a takeaway, we really didn’t do anything with it. Red area wasn’t very good on offense.”
The Texans gained 325 total net yards on offense (167 rushing, 158 passing). Houston’s defense forced three turnovers on the Patriots (two fumble recoveries and an interception) and held them to just 4-of-14 on third down. However, Houston also committed three turnovers in the loss and were just 2-of-5 in the red zone.
“There’s a lot of room to improve,” O’Brien said. “Everybody in the building knows that. It’s one game out of 16, and look, I really believe in this group and I know we’re going to respond.”
The Texans will travel to Nashville to face the Titans on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 12 noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
Game Photos: Texans at Patriots
Take a look at the best photos from the Texans Patriots game during Week 1 of the 2018 season.