HOUSTON - The Texans are flying high after grabbing their fifth straight win, but they know they still have their hands full this week with a tough matchup on the road at Denver.
“When you watch Denver from the defensive standpoint, Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, those are two of the best players we’ll play all year,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said at a press conference Monday morning.
With Will Fuller out for the season after tearing his ACL against the Dolphins, it would be nice to see Keke Coutee back out there this Sunday, but O’Brien said it’s still too early to tell.
“I think we’ll continue to work with him throughout the week and see where he’s at.”
Since joining the team, safety Tyrann Mathieu has brought an obvious spark to the team both on and off the field.
“(He's been a) Big addition to our team. Big addition to our locker room. He means the world to me. He brings a great attitude every single day to the locker room,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien also talked about how much Mathieu has helped the younger guys around him, in particular, Justin Reid.
O’Brien was very impressed with the play of the offensive line in Thursday’s win over the Dolphins and said he’s seen tremendous growth from them week to week.
“I think they’ve really improved, I think they’ve worked hard to improve. We’ve been able to run the ball the last couple weeks, I think we have a huge challenge here being able to go up against Denver’s front. Denver’s got a great front. It’s a big challenge. I think our guys understand that. But I think those guys have really improved they’re a great bunch of guys.”
O’Brien admitted that some of his guys may feel good about where the team is at now, but said the Texans' veterans leadership helps keep everyone hungry, knowing their work is not finished.
“The younger guys may be dancing around, five in a row, this is great, this is unbelievable. Yeah right, wait 'til you get to Mile High.”
Denver is known to be tough not only because of the great home field advantage but because of the difference in altitude.
“Altitude is a factor for everybody whether you’re injured or not. That’s something we’re talking about with all the resources we have here,” O'Brien said.
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