Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans are (4-3) going into Sunday’s game with their bye week following right after.
“With this game coming up and then going into a bye, I mean a bye coming at a perfect time for us in the middle of the season,” defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said.
Momentum into the bye week will be key, but a challenge is ahead of them first. The Detroit Lions come to NRG Stadium for week 8. They have won three straight games over the Eagles, Rams and Redskins to put themselves also at (4-3) on the season.
The Lions offense ranks 5th in the NFL in 3rd down conversions, 7th in passing yards per play and 11th in red zone percentage.
“If we can get a win on Sunday, put ourselves (5-3), (2-0) in the division, 1st place in the division going into the bye week, everything else is irrelevant as long as we continue to get better and continue to win,” quarterback Brock Osweiler said.
All of the Texans’ wins this season have come at NRG Stadium. After Sunday and the bye week, 4 of their next 5 games are on the road.
“We understand that as an offensive unit and as a team that we need to play better on the road,” Osweiler said. “We need to find a way to do it, and now. We need to find that answer.”
The last time the Texans and Lions met was in 2012. The Texans won 34-31 in overtime and had over 500 net yards of offense. That will be a tough offensive number to duplicate given the struggles this season.
The Houston offense ranks 29th in total offense per game, 30th in passing offense per game, 31st in points per game and last in red zone efficiency.