Tuesday October 7th, 2014

Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said he needs to play better so the team can avoid starting slow, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fitzpatrick has led the Texans to a 3-2 start, but he has already thrown six interceptions and only has five touchdowns. The Texans have averaged 7.6 points in the first half this season and were held scoreless in Sunday's overtime loss against the Dallas Cowboys.

Fitzpatrick, who is in his first season with the team, took responsibility for his play.

"For this offense to get better, I have to play better," he said. "I met with coach O'Brien and went over some stuff and talked through some things. I'm just constantly evaluating what I'm doing, plays that we're getting in and all that stuff with the tools that we have on offense.

"A lot of it's not necessarily the physical part. It's the mental part - the confidence, the swagger. I have to, especially early in the game, play better, maybe play with more confidence. Maybe some of that is up-tempo, but some of that, for me, is just finding a better way to get going early."

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The Texans rank 24th in passing yards and 23rd in points per game this season. Running back Arian Foster leads the team in rushing with 404 yards despite missing a game and being limited in another. Second-year receiver DeAndre Hopkins has three touchdowns and leads the team with 354 receiving yards, 34 more than Andre Johnson.

Houston hosts the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

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