Since beating Indianapolis, the Texans (2-1) have split with Washington and Dallas, but they littered the field with mistakes in both games. Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo have made life miserable for the secondary, completing nearly 73 percent of their passes for a combined 1,143 yards and six touchdowns. That's an efficiency rating of 116.9.
At least Gradkowski (71.8) doesn't reside in their echelon, presenting an opportunity for the Texans to start healing themselves. But Darren McFadden's emergence means the Texans' run defense can't get lazy. The Raiders' No. 1 draft pick in 2008, McFadden has gained 345 yards, third in the NFL behind the Texans' Arian Foster and Adrian Peterson of the Vikings.
The bottom line is clear to Kubiak. "We need to clean ourselves up," he said. "We can't hurt ourselves as a team. That's our focus right now.