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Texans Looking For Improvement After Getting First Win

Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) makes a catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) makes a catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

The Houston Texans finally picked up a win this weekend in their first game since coach Bill OBrien was fired.

HOUSTON: The Houston Texans finally picked up a win this weekend in their first game since coach Bill OBrien was fired.

Now the Texans are looking to build on what they did in the victory over the Jaguars with interim coach Romeo Crennel and improve this week when they are scheduled to visit the Titans.

Were not looking four to six weeks down the road or anything, quarterback Deshaun Watson said. We expect to win each and every week, and were going to go into each game and youre going to get our best, and youre going to get everything we got. We have nothing to lose.

The Texans finally stopped the run and ran the ball in Sundays 30-14 victory after entering the game ranked last in the NFL in both categories. Houston also forced its first two turnovers of the season and scored a touchdown after both of those fumble recoveries.

Crennel noticed an attitude from the team that he hadnt seen earlier in the season when they dropped to 0-4 for the first time since 2008.

I saw the fight during the course of the game, Crennel said. I didnt see anybody going to the tank when things went wrong, they said: Lets go, lets pick it up, and then boom, thats what they did. They picked it up and they fought all the way to the end.

The Texans improved in many areas on Sunday but know that theyll have to do more than they did against the Jaguars to beat Tennessee. The Titans are 3-0 and lead the AFC South heading into Tuesdays coronavirus-delayed game against the Bills, and the Jaguars dropped to last in the division with Sundays loss.

Were very pleased with the way we played on defense, defensive end J.J. Watt said. We have to continue to do that and improve and get ourselves even better.

And the Texans had 12,413 fans on hand to see their first win of the season.

WHATS WORKING

Stopping the run and running the ball were the biggest improvements the Texans made on Sunday. They held the Jaguars to just 75 yards rushing after entering the game allowing 181.8 yards a game. Houston also discovered its run game, finishing with a season-high 129 yards rushing after averaging 73.5 yards through the first four games.

David Johnson, who came to Houston from Arizona in the trade for DeAndre Hopkins, ran for 96 yards in his best game as a Texan.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Houston needs to improve its turnover margin after committing seven turnovers in the first five games and getting just two takeaways. The Texans are the only team in the NFL without an interception this season and Watson threw a season-high two interceptions on Sunday.

STOCK UP

Brandin Cooks led the team with nine receptions for a season-best 161 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. His big game came after he didnt make a catch in Week 4. Its the most yards receiving for Cooks, who is in his first season in Houston, since he had 186 in Week 15 of 2016 with the Saints.

The reason hes here is because he has ability and has produced in this league, and so (Sunday) we were able to see what he can do, Crennel said.

STOCK DOWN

WR Keke Coutee, who is healthy, hasnt been active in the past three games after losing a fumble following a reception in Week 2.

INJURED

ILB Benardrick McKinney (shoulder) and TE Jordan Akins (concussion) both missed Sundays game and Crennel said Monday that he wasnt sure if either player would return this week.

KEY NUMBER

11 Sunday was Watsons 11th career game with three or more touchdown passes, which ranks second in franchise history behind Matt Schaub (12).

NEXT STEPS

The Texans did a good job of containing rookie James Robinson and Jacksonvilles running game Sunday, but things will be much more difficult this week when they try to stop Derrick Henry. He has 319 yards rushing in just three games and ran for 211 yards in his previous game against Houston.

If you let him get started and get that long stride going, hes hard to tackle, Crennel said. If he can get to the second level, generally he gains several yards after that. If we can keep him on the first level, then that will improve our chances.

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