No parade yet for improving Texans' D

Things can change quickly, lockout or no lockout.

Houston was 30th in the league in overall defense last season. Through two games the Texans are first.

“It makes you feel real good,” Gary Kubiak said at his Monday news conference. “I think we’re surprised at how quick the process has taken place with no offseason with really Wade just having those guys for seven or eight weeks. When you watch the work that’s taking place every day, the energy that we are playing with, how hard we’re playing, you know why you are getting much better results.”

But let’s not jump to conclusions that this is a top defense just yet. Half of that rating comes out of a win against the Colts, who rank 29th in offense. Sunday’s opponent, the Dolphins, are now 10th.

New Orleans rates a far tougher test than either of those teams.

Drew Brees is the league’s third-rated passer and has thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s been sacked four times, and the Texans will have to boost that number to have success at the Superdome.