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With the overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, the Texans record dropped to 0-3 and they are in last place in the AFC South. The reality in the NFL is that there are no moral victories, but the Texans can hold their collective heads up high after battling Jacksonville for 60+ minutes.
“Honestly, if you lose by one or lose by 30, you lose,” said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak.
A loss is a loss, but the Texans finally found some offense and their franchise quarterback had one of the best games of his career. Matt Schaub completed 29 of 40 passes for 307 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions, as he finished with a sparkling quarterback rating of 119.5.
“I expected it (to play well),” said Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. “He’s a winner and the kid’s a battler. He had a lot on his plate going in to this game and he stepped up to the plate and played like a winner.”
One of the reasons why Schaub was so successful was the play of his offensive line. If it wasn’t for the heat and humidity in Jacksonville Sunday, Matt Schaub could have avoided the laundry as he jersey was void of any grass stains all day long. The Jacksonville defensive line which harassed Peyton Manning a little over a week ago couldn’t get near the Texans quarterback.
Houston also received solid play from rookie running back Steve Slaton, who had 116 yards from scrimmage including a 30-yard touchdown reception. Tight end Owen Daniels showed up in a big way by catching seven passes for 87 yards, and as the Jacksonville defense keyed on Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson, wide receiver Kevin Walter stepped up with eight receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
The Texans offense scored on every legitimate possession from the middle of the first quarter on, and the 27 point output was easily the highest total of the season.
The reality of the situation is that the Texans have to make just a few more plays on defense, and that will start next week when the defending AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts come to Houston.
“It’s very, very difficult to start the National Football League with these three road games and it doesn’t get much easier going home playing the former world champion Colts,” Kubiak said. “But that’s the NFL and you have to prepare every week. If we come out and play with attention to detail and this effort and we make another play or two, we will give ourselves a chance to win every week.”