Rolle: Texans are a 'smart football team'

To avoid a second straight 0-3 start, New York must hold onto the football on Sunday against a cerebral Houston Texans squad that is a perfect 2-0 on the season.

The Giants are off to a slow start again in 2014, but at least it hasn’t been the same old story for two straight weeks. In Week 1, Big Blue was physically dominated by the Lions and couldn’t get anything going on offense. Last Sunday, the attack looked better but crippling turnovers and special teams mistakes led to a defeat at the hands (talons?) of the Cardinals.

Against the Texans, a team that loves to control the clock with a power running game, the Giants can’t afford such miscues. “They are a smart football team,” said Giants safety Antrel Rolle. “When I say smart, they don’t beat themselves. They have a great offense, great run scheme, obviously. Great play action off the run scheme. They have a lot of multiple weapons at tight end and receivers. It is going to be a great challenge for us to go out there and get things done.”

Houston proved to be vulnerable on defense in Week 1, when Washington was able to move the ball down the field in the second half. The Texans, however, prevailed 17-6 thanks to a pair of timely fumble recoveries. The failure of Washington that day should remind Giants fans of their team’s loss to Arizona. Although the Giants were able to move the ball, a pair of late fumbles made that progress futile.

The moral of the story? To win on Sunday, the Giants must limit hold onto the ball and rely on a defense that held Arizona to just 266 total yards in Week 2.

“It is taking us a little while to get to where we want to get, but we are close,” said Rolle. “We are close to being in there and we have to stay with each other. That is the only way we are going to get things right.”

0-2 is not where the Giants want to be right now, but there is still plenty of opportunity to get better.

“You got to push the extra mile,” noted Rolle. “Every guy has to do over and beyond their job. We just have to lead and hopefully everyone else follows through, but it is going to start with making plays. I think that is the pinnacle of everything, making plays.”

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