Eye on the Opponent

Clearly, the third-year Texans are tried of losing. <P> Players are starting to say changes need to be made after Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Defensive end Gary Walker wasn't specific, but his feelings echoed the sentiment of the Texans locker room after the team lost for the fifth time in six games.

"We got beat again," Walker said. "It's getting old. I don't understand why. The things we do to beat ourselves, it's frustrating. It's time for a change."

Walker didn't care the Texans held the high-powered Colts to their lowest point total of the season, or that Peyton Manning's pursuit of NFL history was postponed for at least another week. Never mind the moral victory of avoiding an embarrassing blowout like the 35-point loss the Colts handed the Texans in Week 11.

"I don't care if they're the hottest team in the league and we held them to the lowest score of the season. It's time to start winning," Walker said. "We talk every week about all the positive stuff we can take from losses. You can take positive stuff from a win, too. Let's talk about winning."

Veteran linebacker Jamie Sharper said the team is headed in the right direction. He added the Texans just needed somebody to lead them there.

"I was done with losing that first season," Sharper said. "No more positives. You have to produce. Somebody has to produce. Somebody has to show us the way. There's a light at the end of the tunnel, but who's going to direct us there? We need somebody to direct us to wins instead of close games."

Asked what he meant, Sharper was vague in his responses.

"I don't know," he said.

News & Notes
- In six losses, the Texans have averaged just 120 net yards passing against the Colts and have lost by an average of 13 points. On Sunday, they had 125 yards and lost by nine.

-- LB Troy Evans, the team's leading tackler on special teams, will likely miss the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain. Coach Dom Capers ruled Evans out for Sunday's game against Chicago.

-- RG Zach Wiegert underwent an MRI on Monday for a sprained knee. Results were not immediately available. Wiegert will be held out of practice on Wednesday.

-- Kailee Wong saw his most extensive work at inside linebacker against the Colts. Wong, who normally plays right outside linebacker, split time with DaShon Polk. The Texans are without starting ILB Jay Foreman, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury Nov. 5 against the Jets.

-- WR Andre Johnson did not have a catch until the final minute of the third quarter and totaled just 34 yards on three catches. The three catches matched a season low, and the 31 yards was second-lowest only to Johnson's 28 yards on three catches against the Broncos.

--RB Domanick Davis' 128 rushing yards on 23 carries were a yard short of his career high, set last year against the Jets and tied Nov. 28 against the Titans. His 73 receiving yards on six carries were second to his 95 yards against the Lions earlier this season. His 201 total yards were a career best, surpassing his 199 (129 rushing, 70 receiving) against the Jets in 2003.


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