(Eds: Adds details; quotes. With AP Photos.) By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer Just before the season, Houston defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was asked what he wanted from his defense in 2012 after the unit made a remarkable turnaround to finish second in the NFL in yards allowed last season.
Phillips didn't say a word. He simply raised one index finger.
The Texans haven't reached that mark yet, and they remain No. 2. That, they say, gives them something to work toward.
''We're working extremely hard to make that happen,'' defensive end J.J. Watt said. ''We attack every day with that intensity and that mentality.''
That was clear in Sunday night's 13-6 win over Chicago when Houston forced four turnovers.
The Texans are allowing 281.6 yards a game, behind only Pittsburgh. They are also among the top teams in several other defensive categories. Houston is third in scoring (15.9), tied for fourth in interceptions (11) and have allowed the third fewest touchdowns (15).