Bob McNair is raising the stakes in Houston. The playoffs are no longer good enough for the Texans owner. Now, it's Super Bowl or bust.
After winning back-to-back AFC South titles and making back-to-back exits in the divisional round of the playoffs, Texans players have embraced the concept of taking the next logical step: bringing home the Lombardi Trophy.
''It's obviously our main goal and our final goal,'' linebacker Brian Cushing said. ''There's a ton of steps before we start talking about the Super Bowl and it becomes a realization. It's one of those things that we have a lot of work to do.''
This could be the Texans' breakthrough season. With many of the expected AFC title contenders already dealing with major injuries, Houston appears in solid shape. It plays in a division with the surging Colts and two teams still trying to rebuild, Tennessee and Jacksonville. Houston just can't afford another early postseason exit.