The Texans are now 0-3 after a 30-27 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime, and they must shift their focus to a well-rested Colts squad.
On the optimistic side, the Texans offense finally showed up in Week 3 of the season, putting together its best performance of the year. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub put together arguably his best outing as a Texan, completing 29 of 40 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He wasn't sacked once and he didn't throw an interception.
Defensively, there isn't nearly as much to build upon. The Texans struggled mightily against the Jaguars, who were led by quarterback David Garrard's 41-yard rushing effort.
The Texans missed several tackles and couldn't make stops late in the game on third and fourth downs.
"Honestly if you lose by one or lose by 30, you lose," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "You work the same all week regardless of what's going on. We've been working extremely hard. 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. But that's the NFL and you have to prepare every week. If we come out and play with this attention to detail and this effort and make another play or two, we will give ourselves a chance to win every week."
One key for the Texans may be avoiding overtime. The Texans are 0-6 in overtime games.
The Texans lost the coin toss to the Jaguars, meaning the defense was back on the field. The Texans defense gave up points on every Jaguars' possession after halftime.
"Knowing that we were that close to winning this week, playing a much better game across the board and falling one play short, that hurts," Schaub said. "But it's the nature of this game. You go to overtime, flip a coin, hope to get the ball first. If not, you hope your defense goes out there and makes a play. They did make the plays today for us, but we just fell one play short."
The Texans are more than ready to head back to Reliant Stadium, where they will play in the hurricane-damaged facility with the roof open.
"Nobody wants to be 0-3 in the league," defensive end Anthony Weaver said. "It's a big hole to try to dig yourself out of. And we'll be happy to play at home next week, I'll tell you that much. This one hurts. We came in here, and you could tell the want and the effort was there. We just couldn't pull it out."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "At the end of the game, it's like a Michael Jordan situation. You want the ball in your court. You want to be the one to go out there and be the one to make the play. Unfortunately today, we missed the shot. We didn't make the play." -- DE Anthony Weaver, on the defense being unable to stop the Jaguars from scoring in overtime.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Time the Texans have defeated the Indianapolis Colts -- their next opponent -- in 12 meetings.
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