NFL Nation: 2013 Week 1 NFL Buzz HOU-SDG

Locker Room Buzz: Houston Texans

September, 10, 2013
Observed in the locker room after the Texans beat the Chargers 31-28:

New feeling for a vet: Off in an auxiliary locker room for visitors that included specialists and some undrafted rookies, punter Shane Lechler mused about what a cool feeling this was for him. "I was thinking after we won, how long it’s been since I’ve been 1-0," the former Raider said. "It’s been a while. That was fun. Just to see the fight and the grit and grind of this team and witness it firsthand. To witness it firsthand was quite an experience."

Succinct description by Tate: "We played like crap," backup running back Ben Tate said. "It’s the NFL. You can’t play like crap." Tate refused to offer an explanation for their play. "That’s all excuses, we just played bad." What changed? "We played good the second half. That’s what good teams do."

What to do with the game ball: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he gave the game ball to kicker Randy Bullock, who made the game-winning field goal. Bullock said he wasn't quite sure how to pack it, or if it would fit in his bag.

Patient rookie: Rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins waited for a crowd of reporters who blocked his locker. Hopkins used his phone to take a picture of Andre Johnson, beside him, who was the focus of the media crowd.

Locker Room Buzz: San Diego Chargers

September, 10, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- Observed in the locker room after the San Diego Chargers' 31-28 loss to the Houston Texans on Monday night:

Quiet, please: Predictably, this was not a cheery place. It was very quiet. Few players talked among themselves. The Chargers were polite with media, but there weren't many who wanted to rehash the details of blowing a 28-7 third-quarter lead.

A 'sick' feeling: As always, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers stood to face the questions. The loss was bitter, he said, but he was dealing with it. “There was never a feeling of desperation,” Rivers said. "We were in control. We stayed poised. ... We're sick, I'm sick, that we're not 1-0."

Falling short: San Diego cornerback Shareece Wright bemoaned the fact that the Chargers' defense couldn’t make many big plays in the second half.

Learning experience: New San Diego pass-rusher Dwight Freeney called it a lesson. That said, Freeney is a newcomer. Many of these Chargers have been here before -- and watched a 24-0 halftime lead turn into a 35-24 loss to Denver last October.