The Texans loss to the Raiders on Monday Night Football feels different.
Not because of the bad calls or the knucklehead who was shining a laser at the players on the field. It’s not even because of poor coaching decisions.
For the first time this season you saw a more a complete game from this group and coach Bill O’Brien noticed the same.
“I think that it’s tough to say this after a loss but in many ways we played a really good football game in all three phases,” O’Brien said on Tuesday. “There’s a lot to build on from the game. So I think that’s important for all of us in here to understand, that we’ve got a lot of season.”
For starters, Brock Osweiler seemed to finally get into the rhythm he’s been trying to find all season. He completed passes to 8 different Texans receivers on the night.
“I thought he played a good football game. I thought that he did a number of things that were really good,” O’Brien said. “I thought he directed the offense very well. I thought he made some good down field type throws, in cuts, things like that I thought were really good.”
Osweiler finished the game completing 26 of 39 passes for 243 yards a touchdown and an interception.
The other positives came on the defensive side of the ball, more specifically, with how the Texans were once again able to stop the run. The unit held Oakland to a total of 30 yards rushing.
The guy leading the charge up front all season has been Jadeveon Clowney who once again picked up a couple of tackles for loss.
“He played very well. He was very disruptive in the game even when he didn’t make a play,” O’Brien said. “He’s having a good year for us and the key for him is, like all of our players at this time of the year, is staying healthy. I thought he really impacted the game.”
All these things are great but room for improvement still remains as the team enters the final six games. They control their own destiny with 3 games left against division opponents.
“The feeling in that locker room after that game was there’s a lot of football left and a lot to build on from that game,” O’Brien said. “So, being in first place is a good thing. The other teams in the division are playing pretty decent, so we have to understand what is coming down the road here.”
The Texans will host the Chargers on Sunday at NRG Stadium.