Hous­ton seeks edge go­ing into play­offs

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Kristie rieken

HOUS­TON — The Hous­ton Tex­ans need a win this week­end at Indianapolis to se­cure a bye and home-field ad­van­tage through­out the AFC play­offs.

They also want to build some mo­men­tum in­stead of limp­ing into the post­sea­son de­spite their 12-3 record. Hous­ton had a chance to se­cure home­field ad­van­tage last week, only to post its worst of­fen­sive per­for­mance of the sea­son in a 23-6 loss to the Vik­ings.

“It’s not im­por­tant, it’s cru­cial, be­cause in or­der for you to get to where you want to be, you have to be play­ing your best ball,” veteran line­backer Bradie James said. “And that’s what we’ve been work­ing on this week. Guys have been frown­ing dur­ing the hol­i­day time. So that means we should re­spond well.”

They now have to win at Indianapolis, where the Tex­ans are 0-10. The Colts, who went 2-14 last sea­son, are 10-5 this sea­son and have al­ready se­cured a play­off spot.

“This is like a play­off game for us,” quar­ter­back Matt Schaub said. “This is a team that is in the play­off them­selves and we’re in their build­ing. With all that we can gain from play­ing well and get­ting a win on the road, it’s def­i­nitely a play­off-type game.”

Schaub and the of­fense should get a lift from the re­turn of run­ning back Arian Fos­ter, who missed most of the sec­ond half of Sun­day’s game be­cause of an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat in a game in which Hous­ton rushed for a sea­son-low 34 yards. He has prac­ticed all week and coach Gary Ku­biak said he will play Sun­day.

He said since it had hap­pened to him be­fore, the med­i­cal staff knew ex­actly how to han­dle it on Sun­day.

“Any­time some­thing

Tex­ans run­ning back Arian Fos­ter missed most of the sec­ond half against the Vik­ings be­cause of an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat.

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