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“Just exceptional,” saluted Kubiak. “And our offense helped them by staying on the field.”
The clocking was 38 minutes and 49 seconds with Houston rolling up 420 yards. Problem was, not enough of them were near the opposing end zone as the Texans cashed in only once in four trips inside the 20, running their tally to 3 for 13 in their last four games. That’s a recipe for failure on Sunday.
“We need to go down and score sevens against that team in that building,” said Schaub. “Threes aren’t going to cut it.”
Not against a New England 11 that led the league in points per game and hasn’t been held to fewer than 21 since the second weekend of the season.
“Missed opportunities, they hurt all the time, but against these guys, they’re a lot worse because of what they do offensively and how good they are,” said Kubiak.
“They’re going to make plays and we understand that, but we’ve got to find a way to make quite a few ourselves.”
The Texans didn’t make nearly enough during their last visit and took a beating that had some people writing them off as the most overhyped commodity to come out of the Lone Star State since Rick Perry.
“We know how to win football games,” Watt said. “Obviously, we didn’t play good last time we were up there. I think we can all agree on that. I don’t think we need to keep rehashing it.
“I think we just need to play our style of football. We’re the Houston Texans. We’ll do what we do.’’
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