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Texans turn the page quickly to Carolina with short week ahead

The Texans must move on from their 31-21 defeat at Cleveland. Quickly.

Houston hosts the Panthers on Thursday Night Football at NRG Stadium in four days and will do so with many question marks because of injuries. Regardless, they say they're focusing on the matchup with Carolina.

"This game right here will be flushed quickly," Culley said. "We've got a Thursday night game. Right now, when we get back to Houston, we're going straight to the Carolina Panthers and getting ready for them."

After the Texans took a 14-7 advantage in the middle of the second quarter, the Browns answered on each of their next four possessions, scoring three touchdowns and kicking a field goal. Culley said too many penalties, too many missed tackles, and too many turnovers doomed his ballclub in the road loss.

But despite the miscues, Culley and his players remain optimistic about what lies ahead for them. C Justin Britt is confident in the mental makeup of the squad.

"This game's over with, and we're getting ready for Carolina," Britt said. "There's a lot of fight in us. We showed that we're not going to just lie down and give you the game."

LB Christian Kirksey agreed with Britt's assessment. While disappointed in the outcome, Kirksey was encouraged by what's left in 2021 for Houston.

"We're not going to hang our head after this loss," Kirksey said. "Our goals are still in front of us. We've got to get better and move on to Thursday. We have a great opportunity Thursday night to respond and to see what we're really made of."

The Texans will host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC, NFL Network and SportsRadio 610. Click here for tickets.

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