Houston seeks edge going into playoffs
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.
Texans running back Arian Foster missed most of the second half against the Vikings because of an irregular heartbeat.