Sunday, October 20, 2013
Texans coach Gary Kubiak is worried about his team entering one of the most hostile environments in the NFL on Sunday, Arrowhead Stadium.
What may concern him most is a single statistic that also might be the biggest reason his team is scuffling toward a losing record and Kansas City is undefeated: Houston is the worst team in the AFC at turning over the ball, and the Chiefs are the best at taking it away.
"We're mentioning that a lot," Kubiak said. "You get to the point sometimes where, 'Are you talking about it too much? Are your guys pressing?' ... I know one thing, we have to improve."
That's because the Texans (2-4) have already turned over the ball 15 times, and their minus-12 turnover differential is second only to the New York Giants for worst in the NFL.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are plus-12, a full 24 possessions better than the Texans, and have a league-leading 18 takeaways during their impressive 6-0 start.
"Something has to give there," Kubiak said. "We continue to put ourselves in poor position because of helping other people ... The switch has got to be flipped to get going the other direction."
It's not just the quantity of turnovers, though. It's the quality of them.