Like 49ers last week, Texans look to bounce back 

click to enlarge Niners safety Donte Whitner knows the Texans are a dangerous team despite their recent struggles. - KYLE TERADA/2011 USA TODAY SPORTS FILE PHOTO
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  • Niners safety Donte Whitner knows the Texans are a dangerous team despite their recent struggles.

Embattled Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub might be better off hitting the road and getting out of town for the weekend.

Many of his so-called supporters are practically calling for his head. Or, at least, for backup T.J. Yates.

A big sign above one freeway blares "Cut Schaub!"

Schaub has thrown pick-6s in three straight games.

"I don't have time to really even process any of that because it's on to the next one in our world," Schaub said.

Now, things get even tougher as they visit Candlestick Park to take on the 49ers (2-2).

"We expect him to go out there and prepare for us all week as if his life relies on it," said 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who made news this week when he announced he would be changing his last name to Hitner.

San Francisco understands all the scrutiny and sense of panic from fans.

It was crisis mode for the 49ers until they snapped a two-game losing streak with a 35-11 road rout of the Rams.

That after being held to 10 total points in the first consecutive losses of coach Jim Harbaugh's tenure.

"The fact of the matter in the National Football League is you lose a couple of games in a row, you're in a rut, you're in big trouble," Whitner said. "They can say that about us a couple weeks ago when we lost a couple in a row, and it was true. Same thing goes for the Texans."

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