KRAVITZ: Conversation with Houston Chronicle Texans' beat reporter John McClain

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt celebrates with defensive back Johnathan Joseph after sacking New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 23 in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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(WTHR) – Bob Kravitz talked with Houston Chronicle Texans' beat reporter John McClain:

KRAVITZ:

In 40,000 words or fewer, what is going on with the winless Texans? I don’t know about you, but I thought with all the injured guys coming back, they’d compete with Jacksonville for the division title. I don’t get it.

MCCLAIN:

They've lost three games by 7, 3 and 5 points. Blew a chance to win all three, not because the defense made plays, but because they didn't. Mistakes -- physical and mental -- are killing them. They never win at Gillette Stadium, so that was expected. But they should have won at Tennessee. Down 14-0, led 17-14, then the defense allowed Blaine Gabbert to lead two field goal drives to win the game. They should have beaten the Giants. Behind 20-3, pulled within 20-15, needed a defensive stop, but Manning takes them 77 yards for what proved to be the decisive touchdown.

Deshaun Watson has made nine starts in his career. He spent the offseason rehabbing. He's improved each week except for throwing interceptions in the end zone -- three in three games. O line is terrible. Again. They had four new starters going into the season, and they've been forced to make changes at three positions because of injuries. J.J. Watt is outstanding again. Jadaveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus, who spent the offseason, camp and preseason, haven't done much. Oh, and the corners can't cover very well. Other than that, they're fine. They're trying to avoid their first 0-4 start since 2008, Kubiak's third season.

KRAVITZ:

What’s head coach Bill O’Brien’s employment prognosis? I’ve got to think a lot of folks are getting antsy.

MCCLAIN:

This is the last year of his contract, and the four-year extension he signed in January kicks in after Jan. 1. He’s in no danger of being fired.

KRAVITZ:

Well...that answers that.

Ok the picks: For the first time all year, I’m taking the Colts in a close one. Indy, 24-23. A lot will depend on who returns from injury for the Colts, but they should figure out a way to do something they don’t often do: Win a close game.

What's your pick?

MCCLAIN:

Colts, 24-20. I picked the Texans to lose to NE and beat Tennessee and NYG. I missed the last two. No way I’m picking the Texans to beat the Colts!

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