For two NFL teams in different conferences and time zones, the 49ers and their Week 5 opponent do have this in common: They haven't performed as consistently as they would have liked through four games in 2013.
Both at 2-2, San Francisco and the Houston Texans have been felled by seemingly lesser opponents. As they've each shown, however, a lot can change in one week. Take the 49ers, who lost to the Indianapolis Colts at home before throttling the St. Louis Rams on the road in Week 4.
It's worth asking: Does a team become dangerous after a loss?
"I would say (the Texans are) a dangerous team because you can't base it off the simple fact that they've lost a couple games," 49ers tight end
"This is the NFL. You have to be on your toes."
While the Pro Bowler added that he and his teammates learned from the Texans 23-20 Week 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, he said their sole focus is now on Sunday night. Davis, who missed the Colts loss due to a hamstring tear but returned to catch a touchdown against the Rams, was a full participant in practice on Wednesday.
"I feel absolutely amazing," the always-upbeat Davis said. "I think this week will be another test for me to see how I really feel."
For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee found that the Houston Texans are read-option ready.
Bill Williamson of ESPN.com covered the Seattle Seahawks waiver claim of ex-49ers rookie B.J. Daniels.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com relived Texans coach Gary Kubiak’s 1994 season in San Francisco.
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