LB Christian Kirksey told Texans now is not the time to panic

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The Houston Texans dropped their Week 3 encounter with the Carolina Panthers 24-9 Thursday night at NRG Stadium.

The Texans fall to 1-2 on the season, and it appears the rest of the NFL is leaving them behind.

However, the Texans still have 14 games to go, and no one is running away with the AFC South just yet.

The way linebacker Christian Kirksey sees it, the Texans have the talent and the ability to compete for greater things other than higher positioning in the 2022 NFL draft.

“Like I was telling my guys in the locker room, it’s not time to panic,” Kirksey said. “It’s not time to worry about anything. We’re sitting here at 1-2. We still got a lot of football left in front of us. We still got all our goals right in front of us, and it’s very reachable. So, we’re going to take this time where we got a couple days where we can get our bodies back, reflect on where we at right now, and then see what we can do to correct our mistakes or get better as a team and just take it one day at a time.”

Kirksey finished with 10 combined tackles against the Panthers, who were able to generate 407 yards of total offense led by quarterback Sam Darnold completing 23-of-34 for 304 yards.

“That’s the fine line between losing and winning, getting over that hump and in close situations coming out on the other side,” said Kirksey. “That’s the league. But it’s definitely on the bright side showing that we have the talent. We have the guys in the room to go out there and compete, and now we just got to figure out how to get over to the other side.”

The Texans will get a chance to get back on track against the Buffalo Bills Oct. 3 at Highmark Stadium.