The Texans’ defense, which entered the game ranked second in the league, allowed a season-high 458 yards and 37 points to an offense that ranks dead last.
“I think that’s the NFL,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told Detroit reporters in a conference call Tuesday. “I mean obviously we didn’t play up to our standard but you’ve got to give Jacksonville a lot of credit. They made a ton of plays and a lot of times we were in position and they made the play and we didn’t.
“You just never know in this league week-to-week what kind of game you’re going to be in and we got caught in a shootout type of game with a lot of offense.”
The only statistic that really matters is that the Texans found a way to make a stop at the end of the game and found a way to win, but it's been a little bit of feast or famine for that unit this season.
Sunday’s game exposed some weaknesses in the Texans secondary, as did a six-touchdown performance by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in a Week 6, 42-24, thumping by the Packers.
The Texans secondary is coming off it's worst performance of the year against the Jaguars and could be without starting cornerback Jonathan Joseph, who didn't practice again Tuesday with a hamstring injury.
The big question is which Texans defense will show up Thursday. Will it be the one that couldn’t stop the Jaguars or the one that held Chicago and Buffalo to a combined 15 points the previous two weeks?
DELMAS HAS A 'CHANCE' TO PLAY
It’s a short week for the Lions as they get ready to play on Thursday and Schwartz wasn’t prepared to say whether Delmas would return to the lineup this week or not.
“I don’t know yet to tell you the truth,” he said. “The track would be short-track this week so he has a chance.”
Schwartz said his playing with the fourth-year pro would be a big boost for the defense, though.
“There’s nothing like having the leader or your defense, a guy who is literally the heart and soul of our defense, and a guy that’s been experienced and played well in our defense,” he said.
The Lions are 2-1 in games Delmas has played in this year.
Given the importance of Thursday's game and what it might mean for the rest of the Lions season, it would be surprising if Delmas wasn't on the field.
That has put Schwartz is in a position none of the last five head coaches have been in over the last 12 years. He has to worry about the left tackle position heading into a game.
“Just having that consistency as a coach when you’re game planning,” Schwartz said. “We were literally, before I came over here (for press session), we were talking about some of injury situations and what’s it look like, who’s going to be able to be active and stuff like that. And for his whole career Jeff was taking that off the table also. The O-line coach, the offensive coordinator, head coach, the fans, nobody had to worry about whether he would be out there.”
The Lions have to worry about it this week, but are confident rookie