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January 8, 2013

No room for errors

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HOUSTON —

“We’ve just got to finish,” Kubiak said. “We moved the heck out of the ball and had a good day offensively. We’ve got to finish, got to put those points on the board.”

Especially this week when the Texans face a New England team averaging an NFL-best 34.8 points a game. Houston is averaging 26 points, but managed more than 20 points just once in the last five games.

The Texans are 91⁄2-point underdogs in this one. Kubiak doesn’t think his players are concerned about that.

“We know that our effort and how we performed last time wouldn’t give us a chance against anybody on the road,” Kubiak said. “It’s about right now refocusing on all the things we have to do to go down there and have a chance to be successful, and I’m sure that’s what they’re thinking about.”

That’s doesn’t mean the Texans haven’t noticed that almost no one is giving them a chance to win on Sunday. Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy’s piece in the Sunday newspaper called the Texans “fraudulent,” and said all the Patriots have to do to get to the AFC championship game is “beat the terrible Texans.” It got the attention of Arian Foster.

The star running back responded by changing his Twitter avatar to the first three paragraphs of the column on Monday.

Foster had 32 carries for 140 yards in Houston’s wild-card win, and the Texans will certainly need another big game from him against the Patriots. They faced Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins of Cincinnati and not go up against another in Vince Wilfork.

“If you sit there and think you’re going to run it at him consistently, it’s very difficult,” Kubiak said of Wilfork. “They’re very good against the run ... the thing that is so difficult, is he plays everywhere. So it’s not like you go the other way with the ball or try to avoid something. You’re going to have to deal with him all day long.”

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