Texans face key division game against Colts

By Tyler Tyre, Times Sports Editor
Posted 10/16/21

“We just got to go in the film room and flush it,” said safety Lonnie Johnson Jr. “Watch the film and correct our mistakes and then go out there this next game. It’s a divisional game, we have to go out there and try our best to win that game.”

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Texans face key division game against Colts

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There’s no time for the Texans to feel sorry for themselves.

Despite coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Patriots, Houston has to find a way to shake off the loss and bounce back, as they face a divisional rival this week in the Indianapolis Colts.

The Texans are off to a 1-4 starts, and have lost four straight games and the team knows that is not good enough in a league like the NFL.

The Texans played a strong game against the Patriots, but fell apart in the fourth quarter, despite the offense playing well all game. On the last drive of the game the Texans decided to try and create a turnover instead of allowing the Patriots to score and giving the Texans offense a chance. It backfired as the Patriots brought the clock down to 22 seconds before kicking the winning field goal.

“That’s not what we expected, and I have to do a better job of making sure I put our football team in the best situation to win,” said Texans head coach David Culley. “The way our offense had played when we were doing the right things, to give them a chance at the end of the game to score a touchdown to win, would have been the best thing to do for us.”

The Texans missed two extra points, a field goal and had a blocked punt on special teams. Culley knows that the team will have to be better in that area if they want to win ballgames.

“We have to play better from the standpoint of our guys doing the right things, especially, first and foremost, in our return game, “Culley said. “We haven’t got much out of our return game yet and that’s not just on our returner, that’s just with guys doing the right things. Going back to the field goal and extra points, Ka’imi Fairbairn is our kicker, he missed, them and he’s got to make those. We just didn’t execute with the kicking and punting game, they just didn’t get the job done and he didn’t make the kicks.”

The Colts come into the game boasting a strong defense but a mediocre offense. The Texans were unable to capitalize and turn Davis Mills best game as a pro into a win, but the team hopes he can continue to play well and has confidence in him.

“He (Davis Mills) played unbelievable,” said offensive lineman Charlie Heck. “As a rookie to be able to shake off that poor game against the Bills and be able to go out and execute and correct all his mistakes, it really showed he played a lot older than just a rookie.”

The Texans aren’t focused on previous weeks, and believe they have put the Patriots and the losing streak, behind them.

“We just got to go in the film room and flush it,” said safety Lonnie Johnson Jr. “Watch the film and correct our mistakes and then go out there this next game. It’s a divisional game, we have to go out there and try our best to win that game.”

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