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The Texans advanced inside the Cardinals 20-yard line four times in the game, and came away with only three field goals. Their lone touchdown came on Schaub’s 44-yard pass to Andre Johnson in the first quarter.
“We’ve got to do something better down there, we were 0 for 4,” Kubiak said. “We just didn’t finish down there. We didn’t finish plays. We’ve talked about trying to run the ball better. It’s a point of emphasis, and we’ll go back to work on that.”
The Texans’ starting offense and defense looked impressive in the first quarter, building a 10-0 lead.
Schaub completed 5 of 6 passes for 78 yards and Johnson caught three passes.
Defensive end Mario Williams, slowed by a hip injury early in training camp, had two sacks, linebacker Brian Cushing forced a fumble and safety Bernard Pollard delivered a crunching hit on Arizona running back Tim Hightower before Kubiak called on his backups.
The Cardinals rallied from a 16-0 deficit to win in the fourth quarter, but Kubiak was encouraged by how well his first unit played.
“We’ve got to keep it in perspective,” Kubiak said. “Our first group felt really good about themselves when they walked off the field. That’s important, and that’s all they got to play. That’s not their fault they didn’t play four quarters, that’s on me.”
Kubiak said receiver Andre Davis (bruised tailbone) and fullback Jack Corcoran (shoulder) had the only other significant injuries in the game.
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