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Texans humbled, trying to move on quickly

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Don’t think for a moment the Patriots didn’t notice the letter jackets.

Because what they gave the Texans most last night was a lesson in the difference between good and great.

They just taught us how to play championship football,” Texans linebacker Bradie James said, via Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle.

The 42-14 whipping was thorough, and decided early enough that those who fell asleep at halftime didn’t miss anything. But it does leave the Texans with a lot of questions.

“How you respond to defeat, or how you respond to not playing well, says a lot about your team,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said.

And that need to hit reset was clear from their statements after the game. Just as their fellow perceived front-runners the Falcons did after an embarrassing loss to the Panthers Sunday, the Texans tried to immediately look forward.

They play the Colts twice in the final three weeks, making it far from automatic that they’ll be cruising to a division title.

“Gotta refocus on the Colts,” quarterback Matt Schaub said. “We didn’t play well across the board. Learn from this one, move on. In this business you have to have short-term memory.”

They’d like to forget, and quickly.

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20 Responses to “Texans humbled, trying to move on quickly”
  1. alewatcher says: Dec 11, 2012 7:56 AM

    The Texans looked pretty JV last night, despite the jackets.

  2. ravens205255 says: Dec 11, 2012 7:59 AM

    The Texans are the Falcons of the AFC

  3. steeelfann says: Dec 11, 2012 8:00 AM

    Texans missing Brooks Reed, Brian Cushing, and their defensive backs. This was not the real Texans defense out there. If these guys come back healthy (outside of Cushing being out for the year), they will be right there at the end.

  4. pastabelly says: Dec 11, 2012 8:01 AM

    In the long run, the loss will help that team. They were too full of themselves. In the short run, that one had to do a number on their confidence. This whole “statement game” for the franchise was stupid. They played in two playoff games last year. Those are generally more important than regular season games, especially when you have a two game lead in the conference standings with four games left.

  5. reed20fence says: Dec 11, 2012 8:03 AM

    You also have to have a short memory cuz it was embarrassing as hell.

    Biggest game in franchise history my backside.

    They can parade those sorry bulls back to Texas.

  6. myroncopesflask says: Dec 11, 2012 8:06 AM

    Hopefully the Texans learned that maybe they should not put so much stock into one regular season game. If there is one thing a trip to Foxboro will teach you is that your not really as good or bad as your record indicates. Trust me as a Steeler fan I have learnd that lesson the hard way.

  7. joetoronto says: Dec 11, 2012 8:19 AM

    They’d better get ready for another loss.

  8. j0esixpack says: Dec 11, 2012 8:27 AM

    I guess they successfully channelled their inner college team!

  9. wamaha says: Dec 11, 2012 8:31 AM

    ravens205255 says:
    Dec 11, 2012 7:59 AM
    The Texans are the Falcons of the AFC

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    What does that make the Ravens, since the Texans waxed them by 30?

  10. jaxbeachjagfan says: Dec 11, 2012 8:50 AM

    And now the Pats, under the Evil Genius, are 23-1 at home in December.

    That’s just sick.

  11. patsfan13 says: Dec 11, 2012 8:57 AM

    With all the press coverage about the Texans, the Patriots just went about their business. People looked at the records 11-1 vs 9-3, but the Patriots losses were by a total of 4 points. The offense has been fairly consistent, but now the defense is really starting to shape up. Watt is a great player, but has a way to go to be up to Wilforks level.

  12. bubba99m says: Dec 11, 2012 9:01 AM

    Any given Sunday (or Monday) except Foxboro in December. I do want to tip my hat though to the Texans for their demeanor and professionalism, both during and after the game. They are a pretty classy group compared to most. No excuses, no whining and no finger-pointing. They simply got schooled and are moving on. I am not a Kubiak (not even sure I spelled it correctly) fan but I think he has done an admirable job in Houston. Not likely these two teams will meet again this season, but you never know, so if that happens, I hope it’s at Gillette. Therefor I will have to (reluctantly) buy a Colts hat sometime this week. Great feel-good night for ML, another very classy guy.

  13. ccjcsr says: Dec 11, 2012 9:10 AM

    They better hope they hold onto home field advantage, if not it will be over…quick!

  14. malvaren18 says: Dec 11, 2012 10:13 AM

    This team is not for real, they got lucky at the beginning of the season. They should be out after the first week of the playoffs.
    There far from being a championship team.

  15. CKL says: Dec 11, 2012 12:07 PM

    Bradie James has always been pretty brutally honest about what’s going on with teams he’s been on. He was like that with Dallas as well.
    But I have to chime in with my fellow Pats fan above, really respect how they handled the loss. They’ll bounce back.
    I think it’s only fair the Pats finally beat a Schaub led team since the Pats are the reason he got that big contract with Hou to begin with after he roasted the Pats D when he was a Falcon in 05.

  16. indyshepherd says: Dec 11, 2012 12:18 PM

    Colts might get lucky and win 1 out of 2 games VS Texans this season. It won’t make any difference. The Colts have the 5 seed locked up and will play The Ravens in the WC round. Denver is now stuck at the 3 seed even if they win out (based on the H2H with Houston).

    The Texans will go 2-1 in their last 3 games and be the number 2 seed. NE will smack the 49ner’s next week at Foxborough and will win out. NE will be the number one seed in the AFC. Get used to it. It’s over. NE appears to be too damn good now at the right time.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 11, 2012 1:36 PM

    CKL says:
    Dec 11, 2012 12:07 PM
    I think it’s only fair the Pats finally beat a Schaub led team since the Pats are the reason he got that big contract with Hou to begin with after he roasted the Pats D when he was a Falcon in 05.

    ++++++++++++++

    He also led a 4th qtr comeback against Brady in Houston in ’09 where the Texans were down 14 in the 4th qtr.

  18. yyyass says: Dec 11, 2012 6:14 PM

    What does that make the Ravens, since the Texans waxed them by 30?
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    The Ravens beat the Pats. Go figure. Whacky league this year.

  19. htown1035 says: Dec 12, 2012 12:06 PM

    patsfan13 says: Dec 11, 2012 8:57 AM

    With all the press coverage about the Texans, the Patriots just went about their business. People looked at the records 11-1 vs 9-3, but the Patriots losses were by a total of 4 points. The offense has been fairly consistent, but now the defense is really starting to shape up. Watt is a great player, but has a way to go to be up to Wilforks level.
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    Typical Pats fan. The Texans weren’t getting anywhere near the Pats media coverage, and now the media is slobbering all over them, and deservedly so. But let’s see how the playoffs go before crowning them SB champs already.

    And the Patriots losses, no matter by how much, were still losses. This isn’t the BCS, style points don’t matter. If you’re going to go with style points, then explain how they “only” beat the Jets by a FG in OT?

    Also, to say Watt is not at the level of Wilfork is just a fanboy insult. Wilfork has had a HoF career and he had a great game, but he’s not in the same class as Watt who’s only in his second year and doing things never before done in NFL history.

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 12, 2012 9:25 PM

    The NFL is a marathon not a sprint. While the Pats started slow this season, they are finishing strong. The Texans are a good team but benefited from a fairly soft early schedule to start quickly.

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