In­juries are mount­ing at line­backer, sec­ondary

Hous­ton (11-1) faces its big­gest test on Mon­day night at New Eng­land.

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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.

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