Texans vs. 49ers: ‘It’s a long week’


Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak stands on the sideline during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak was asked a question regarding how the players responded during the course of the week, following their 23-20 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Kubiak described the week as being long, but also a good week:

"It’s been good. It’s a long week. When you get beat in this league, it’s a very long week. I thought we practiced very well (Friday), very upbeat. (San Francisco is a) tough team to prepare for on both sides of the ball.”"

Kubiak also stated about this past week in preparation for the San Francisco 49ers:

"We handled noise pretty good all week long. We’re prepared. We could probably use a little extra rest. We’ll get some playing Sunday night. So I think we could probably use a little bit of that. We’ve got a long trip ahead of us, tough football game, but we’ve prepared for it well.”"

This week could be the most important week for the Texans thus far this season. I’m not going to say this is a must-win game, but losing three consecutive games in the NFL is never a good thing, especially after just five weeks worth of games.

One thing to watch out for with Kubiak and his offensive coaching staff is the play calling. Something needs to change with how the Texans call their game, at least on the offensive side. The play calling at times has been stale, and as also been described here at the Toro Times, predictable.

This isn’t a season defining game, but a win, or at least a loss without late glaring mistakes by the either the offense or defense can go a long way as the season continues.

The Texans have a good, competitive chance to win this game, but besides the game against the Seahawks last week, this will be the toughest test to date for the reigning AFC South champions.