- Tania Ganguli, ESPN Staff Writer
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HOUSTON -- A weekly examination of what the Houston Texans must fix.
To better their chances of topping the Pittsburgh Steelers next week on "Monday Night Football," the Houston Texans will need to regain control of opponents' explosive plays. They were particularly problematic last week against the Indianapolis Colts, mostly because of receiver T.Y. Hilton.
Bomb after bomb went Hilton's way. He beat at least three different Texans defensive backs in one-on-one coverage and sometimes created space for himself to the point where there were no Texans around him. He caught passes of 49, 40, 37 and 33 yards and was part of why the Texans now lead the NFL in allowing plays that gain 30-plus yards. The Texans have allowed 12 -- 11 passes and one run.
Pittsburgh ranks second in the league in plays that go 30 yards or longer with 11 (the Texans have 10), eight of them passes and three rushes.
"We've just got to take coaching and do what we're supposed to do, play the call and just do it right and not try to help other people out would be good," Texans' cornerback A.J. Bouye said.
I asked if it was difficult to have that discipline, and he said it wasn't. It just takes trusting the calls and trusting your teammates. Another solution safety Kendrick Lewis offered on Thursday was better communication on the back end of the defense.