In many ways, this season was a new frontier for the Houston Texans, who captured their first AFC South title, earned their first postseason berth, and then cemented their first playoff win with a 31-10 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday evening.
So reaching the AFC divisional round is quite an accomplishment for this franchise, but just making an appearance against the Ravens on Sunday isn’t the objective, according to Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson.
“We want to win,” he said during a conference call Wednesday with Baltimore media. “You don’t come to the playoffs just to get here and be happy about it. We want to win. That’s what our goal is. There [are] no moral victories here.”
The oddsmakers don’t appear to agree with Johnson as the Texans are at least a seven-point underdog. But that doesn’t concern the team.
“I don’t really get into that too much,” Houston coach Gary Kubiak said. “I try to keep my guys focused on us. You know, I don’t want to be redundant, but we had not played very well the last three weeks of the season. We turned the ball over. We committed a lot of penalties. So the things that we weren’t doing early in the year, when we were winning, we started to do, and we got our butt kicked a few times. So [we are] trying to stay focused on correcting our football and making sure we can play as well as we can play and see what the heck happens. We try to stay focused on that, and we don’t get involved in those other things.”Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times