Gary Kubiak Admits to 'Total Domination' at Hands of Giants
The Texans entered Week 5 alone in first place in the AFC South, and when a 34-10 loss to the New York Giants ended at Reliant Stadium Sunday, the good feelings from three victories in four games seemed a distant memory. The Texans were dominated Sunday, Kubiak said.
And Sunday's result wasn't acceptable.
"I'm shocked by how we played," Kubiak said, calling the Texans' performance "undisciplined."
Kubiak added, "I would like to talk about something we did good today, but I don't think there was anything that we did good. I've got to look at myself from that standpoint. We had a good week at practice, and I thought we were ready to play. I thought we had a lot of energy the first five minutes of the football game; then, they just got after us for the rest of the first half.
"It was just total domination."
The Giants took leads of 21-0 and 24-3 in the first half, and the statistics reflected the domination. The Giants had 26 first downs overall to 11 for the Texans, and New York finished with a 414-195 advantage in total yardage.
Texans quarterback Matt Schaub completed 16 of 34 passes for 196 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, and he also was sacked three times. Running back Arian Foster, who entered the game leading the NFL in rushing, rushed for 25 yards on 11 carries.
"We were just undisciplined," Texans tight end Owen Daniels said. "There's no reason for it I don't think. It's just something that happens, a focus thing. That's not us. For whatever reason that happened today. Those type of things you can clean up. We're not happy with the way we played for sure."
A distrubing trend also continued for the Texans: an inability to stop the pass. Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 27 of 42 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks caught 12 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
"We've got to be more consistent as a group back there in the secondary," Texans safety Troy Nolan said. "We can't be one week on and one week off. We've just got to find a way to make it work and be consistent every week. Once we do that, then we'll be okay as a secondary.
"We've just go to find a way to be consistent as a group."
The same can be said of the entire Texans team right now. They won three of their first four games, and included in that run was a victory over the defending AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts. Since then, they have led or shared the lead in the South.
They still share the lead, but so does everyone else. The four teams in the AFC South are all 3-2, which means in a sense, the season starts over. And around Houston, the feeling's not as good as it was a month ago.
"This is an emotional game just being able to deal with the highs and lows and dealing with adversity that comes throughout a football game," Schaub said. "Our team handles that well, I feel. Obviously we're looking for people to step up and make plays. ...
"We just need to be better and pay more attention to detail specific to what we're doing and just come out and play better."