When the Texans (11-2) were manhandled by the Green Bay Packers on national television earlier this season, it was a forgivable blip on the radar. An aberration. Houston's second loss raises unsettling questions. We all know about the battered defense. Injuries have taken a toll, and opponents are picking the Texans apart in the passing game, something New England (10-3) capitalized on early.
"Before we knew it, it was 21-0," Texans inside linebacker Bradie James said. "We had to settle down and get back to doing some things."
That never really happened for the Texans. Houston is struggling to do the things it did so well at the start of the year, and -- a problem for January -- they can't stop premier passers.