HOUSTON - Think the Houston Texans game against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football was brutal on the field? It s not any better the next day.

When you watch Houston, the game was too big for them. They made too much out of this game, Herm Edwards, a former NFL player and coach who now works as an analyst ESPN, said.

There was plenty of build up for the game with expectations higher every week and still high.

We are one game down, one fan said. (But) we are still the top.

Some even think maybe last night s nastiness is good in the long run.

We needed a good kick in the pants, Crystal McKethan, a Texans fan, said. It brings us back into reality check.

Rule No. 1 this week for the true fans is stay away from the national media, because even the homers don t have good things to say.

Houston native and CBS lead NFL announcer Jim Nantz said, That performance last night by the Patriots may have taken a big chunk of confidence out of the Texans. When and if they have to meet again.

I m disappointed in that because he is a fellow Coog! I m disappointed in Jim, Jason Hall, a Texans fan, said. I ll have to have a talk with him next time he is at U of H.

Think of it this way. Now maybe even with the best record in the league the Texans can get back under the radar.

That s just the way it works for Houston. We are used to it. We don t get any respect, Hall said even at 11-2 and in first place in the AFC.

We are not done, another fan said. Don t count us out.

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