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Texans Still Have Work To Do




HOUSTON — The Texans entered Oct. 4th’s  game against Oakland with the worst defense in the NFL. As a unit, the defense responded to the challenge, allowing just 165 total yards, and a meager 45 on the ground.

“Well, you see some great things going on,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “I mean, you sit here and watch number 56 (LB Brian Cushing) play right now, and I think we all know what we’ve got on our team right now, so that’s so encouraging. I think (LB) DeMeco (Ryans)’s level of play is as good if not even better than since he’s been here. You watch (DE) Antonio (Smith) and (DE) Mario (Williams) yesterday, how they factored in the game, that’s so encouraging. And then the back end, we’re young, and we have to understand that and we have to go ahead and go with these guys. We’re going to have to live with some mistakes, but we’ve got to just stay after it and keep coaching them. Obviously, they should gain some confidence from this past weekend. You know, it’s a long, long haul. And if we’ll just keep those guys working, like I told y’all yesterday, I think we can be a good defensive football team before this is all said and done.”

Now, the concern shifts to the offense. Although it played well at times, the Texans struggled to run the football in the second half. Read more.