Tyrann Mathieu Says Sunday Against The Titans Will "Be Like A Bloodbath"

Defense Is Looking To Improve After Week 1 Loss

The Bull Rush
September 13, 2018 - 6:39 pm

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As the Texans move closer and closer to their Week 2 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, they are ready to prove that the defense everyone saw in the second half of last week's game against the Patriots is the defense the league need to be ready to face the rest of the season.

Shaking off the rust of the offseason has been a prevailing theme amongst the Texans defensive players this week, but veteran Tyrann Mathieu knows they have the experience, especially in the secondary, to take move forward from their slow start in Week 1.

"We have a lot of veterans. Justin Reid’s probably the only rookie that’s playing, but he’s well ahead of his time. He’s very smart. We can bounce ideas, different things off of him. He’s been catching up really well, but I think the best thing that’s helped us is that we’re a veteran group," Mathieu said Thursday before practice.

The Texans have the "on-paper" makings to be one of the NFL's top defenses, but facing off against a perrenial AFC power in New England, while having many players coming back from injuries, had them reeling in the first half in Week 1.

They bounced back in the second half against the Patriots, but now is the time for them to build off of that momentum against a division rival said Jadeveon Clowney, "We need to. Got to. We don’t have a choice. Like I said, we’ve got a big game this week against Tennessee, a divisional game. We’ve got to get going. These guys know us, we know them. We just have to get after them and go get them.”

It will be the Texans second game on the road in as many weeks since the regular season started, but Mathieu says they just have to perservere and come out on top on Sunday, "We saw the schedule and when everybody saw it. We knew we were going to start on the road to begin with. So, we understand the importance of scratching out wins on the road, but like I mentioned, any time you play a division opponent, they know us, we know them. Their head coach was our D-coordinator last year, so it’s going to be like a bloodbath out there. Everybody’s trying to fight to survive. We just have to make sure that we’re the team that comes out on top.”

With the Titans missing multiple starting offensive lineman and possible without QB Marcus Mariota, it should be a very interesting day for a defense that's hungry to finally help their team get one in the win column.