"Defense With Attitude."
On Monday, Tyrann Mathieu was handing out shirts with that phrase to defensive players in the Texans locker room.
"I got some shirts made for the defense, just says 'Defense With Attitude," Mathieu said. "I think it's just important for us to have the right kind of attitude, the right mindset so just trying to have some fun. It's a long season."
Following their 23-21 win in Washington, the Texans defense is currently ranked fourth in the NFL, allowing just 3.68 rushing yards per play. In the last seven contests, Houston has held opponents to just 18.7 points per game. Romeo Crennel's defense is predicated on stopping the run, limiting big plays and forcing turnovers, which the Texans have done in six of their seven wins this year. In these last seven games, Houston's defense has found its identity and put a name on it.
"Just trying to take control, obviously," Mathieu said. "Finishing the season strong, doing our jobs each and every play, and then obviously playing with attitude and great effort."
The Texans return to NRG Stadium for a three-game home stretch. Houston will next host the (5-5) Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. CT on ESPN and SportsRadio 610.
Prepped and ready to go. The Texans are minutes away from taking on Washington at FedEx Field.