HOUSTON (AP) -- 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 home-field 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 ...