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Jackson Says Texans Are "Definitely Worried" After Starting Season 0-3

Texans try to come up with answers following third straight loss to start 2018

September 23, 2018 - 6:33 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- Following the Texans third straight loss to begin the 2018 season, player after player stood in front of his locker at NRG Stadium and expressed confidence that this team could and turnaround its season.

"I know we have a great team; we have a bunch of great players," wide receiver Will Fuller said. "0-and-3 is not a good feeling, but we’re going to figure it out. We’re going to be a good team."

Texans safety Kareem Jackson didn't say the season is over, but the longest-tenured Texan acknowledged that he and his teammates can't act like the season isn't starting to slip away following Sunday's 27-22 loss to the New York Giants.

"Not when you're 0 and 3," he said. (We're) Definitely worried. It's still early, long season. We just got to figure out what it is that we're not doing as a team and correct it."

Sunday's game looked eerily similar to the Texans' season-opening losses in New England and Tennessee. They fell behind 20-3 only to pull within five points when Fuller caught a 6-yard touchdown pass with 7:43 to play, but as was the case in the first half, the Texans defense couldn't get off the field and Eli Manning drove the Giants 77 yards for a game-sealing score. 

"We were shooting ourselves in the foot," Jackson added. "We're doing a terrible job of playing complimentary football right now. We couldn't get off the field on third down early. All those things come back to bite you in the ass."

The good news for the Texans is that after Sunday nobody in the AFC South has jumped in front of the pack. The Texans sit in the division's cellar, but with Tennessee's win over Jacksonville, they are only two games out of first place with five division games remaining. 

"I can give you a bunch of teams that have not started the way that they wanted to, so like I said, it all starts with the leadership and it has nothing to do with coaching, it’s the way we practice and the way we execute once we get on the football field,” Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu said. 

Coming into the the 2018 season, 173 teams had started 0-3 since 1980. Only five of those teams wound up making the playoffs, the last coming with the 1998 Bills. There's no question that the deck is stacked against the Texans, but don't tell that to Mathieu who was already looking ahead to next Sunday's game in Indianapolis.

"We'll be back next week, that's the good thing about this league, we always got a game next week. It's a division game, so we gotta have a great week of practice and hold everybody accountable."