HOUSTON (AP) – The Houston Texans have answered all their skeptics so far with the first 4-0 start in franchise history.
Now the task is staying focused as the stakes get higher each week and they prepare for a nationally televised game against the Jets on Monday night.
Coach Gary Kubiak isn’t worried about his Texans getting caught up in the hype.
“I just think they’re very mature and I’ve told you all that,” he said. “It’s a good group of guys. They’re really hard on each other.”
Although Houston has become a popular pick to challenge for its first Super Bowl this season, Kubiak doesn’t want anything to do with questions related to the big game this early.
On Monday when a reporter asked him what the most important quality a team needs to get to the Super Bowl, Kubiak laughed and said: “Don’t get so far ahead of yourself.”
Houston wrapped up the first quarter of the season with a 38-14 win over AFC South rival Tennessee with the help of 14 points scored by the defense. It forced three turnovers by backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck after Jake Locker was injured on a sack in the first quarter.
This season, the nine turnovers Houston has forced have led to 41 points.
“They’re feeding off each other,” Kubiak said. “They’re playing very hard. The best thing we’ve done as a team is we’ve protected the ball and taken it away. Those two things together win games in this league.”
Kubiak has been particularly impressed with his defense through the first four games. The Wade Phillips-led group is allowing the fewest points in the NFL with 14, and the 273 yards a game the group has yielded are the second fewest in the NFL.
“You score 14 points on defense, four sacks total, three turnovers, when you’re doing that type of stuff, it’s special,” Kubiak said. “We forced quite a few punts as a defensive football team this year, got to be up there at the top. They’re playing well, and they’re doing it because they’re playing together and playing very hard.”