Injuries are mounting at linebacker, secondary
Houston (11-1) faces its biggest test on Monday night at New England.
HOUsTON — The Houston Texans aren’t content with their accomplishments after clinching their second straight playoff berth over the weekend.
They plan to build on their franchise-best 111 start to improve their playoff position. The Texans are also dealing with mounting injuries in the secondary and to their linebackers.
“Now every time we step to the plate we can probably gain something else,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “So we just have to stay focused on that. Our last month is going to be difficult, but when it’s difficult, that’s what gives you the best chance to prepare to be a good football team in January.”
The first step is a Monday night matchup at New England. They’ll have to face Tom Brady and the Patriots without cornerback Brice McCain, who will be placed on injured reserve list/designated for return after surgery to repair a broken left foot Monday.
Kubiak is concerned about facing a top quarterback with an inexperienced secondary.
“Well it’s Monday and it’s scary so I’m sure it’s going to be real scary getting toward the end of the week,” he said. “We know we’re going to play a great player and one of the top passing games in the business for a long, long time.
Running back Arian Foster ran for only 38 yards Sunday, but his 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave the Texans a 21-3 lead.