The Texans started the season with what the Football Power Index said was the league’s toughest schedule against the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers before losing to the then winless Vikings on Sunday. . Only one team in NFL history has made the playoffs after starting 0-4: the 1992 Chargers.
Houston has struggled in many ways this season, but one that stands out: In four games, the Texans are the only team in the NFL that doesn’t force a turnover and have a turnover differential of minus five.
The Texans also rank bottom with 181.8 rushing yards allowed per game. In Sunday’s loss, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook racked up 130 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.
After the game, quarterback Deshaun Watson said he wasn’t going to let the slow start put him off.
“At the end of the day, it is what it is,” Watson said. “We are 0-4. We just have to keep fighting, keep moving forward, and that’s it. But for me personally, I’m not going to let that take my joy. I will keep on living the life, keep working my ass, keep coming here everyday and playing football. It is what it is.
“But at the end of the day, my joy, my spirit, my smile, my energy, the love of the game will continue to be there. This is how I see it. ”
Defensive end JJ Watt, who called the departure “terrible,” brutal “and” depressing, “said something had to change for the Texans to turn things around. Watt said it starts with working him harder and controlling what he can control.
“We obviously need to do something different,” Watt said. “We are 0-4. Everything we do is not working. Something must change. Something must be different. ”
O’Brien said that due to the team’s strong leadership, he wasn’t worried about the morale of the winless start.
“Where we’re at it’s not good obviously, but I think we have good leadership in this team and we have guys who work hard and believe in each other,” O’Brien said. . “I think they feel like we’re close and we just have to win. But no, I’m not worried about morale. I think we have some good guys who understand what we need to do to try to break free. of it. “