Tough task ahead, Texans staying positive

Tough task ahead, Texans staying positive
October 29, 2013, 12:00 pm
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The big news from Reliant Stadium on Monday was the announcement that Case Keenum will be the starter against the Colts this Sunday.

But it won’t be just his first home start; it’ll be a playoff game too. Well, sort of. As Ed Reed said before the team broke for the bye week, “it’s playoff football from here out.” And that’s pretty fair.

Keenum, the 25-year-old former undrafted rookie, will lead the team in the most important game of the season. At 2-5 after the bye week, the Texans have a seemingly monumental task in front of them to reach the playoffs.

“Everybody’s optimistic,” Arian Foster said. “Anything can happen in this league. You don’t want to bank on that. Of course, you want to set your own fate. We just have to continue to work on us. Anything can happen. We’re just going to continue to work.”

Despite the extremely tough road ahead of them, several players claim that the team is staying positive. And several said they think this team is capable of the type of play to be a winning team.

“Even though we’ve lost five-straight games, I don’t think the attitude around here has been negative at all,” wide receiver Andre Johnson said. “I think everybody’s been positive because we know that we can get it turned around if we go out and play the way that we know how to play. I think that’s just the biggest thing is nobody getting down, nobody getting negative, everybody staying positive. But at the same time, I think we all, as a team, have to take our game to another level.”

The worst record of an AFC playoff team in 2012 was 10-6. To get there, the Texans would need to go 8-1 in their remaining nine games. In 2011, the Broncos made the playoffs with an 8-8 record but they won their division. Just to get to eight wins, the Texans would need to go 6-3.

At 2-5, the Texans are third in the AFC South – three games out of the division lead – and nine teams are ahead in the wild card race.

“That’s the age old saying, ‘Winning kind of takes care of everything.’ Winning kind of covers everything,” Antonio Smith said. “I think the same way. I think we need that confidence. You need that mojo back. You’d be surprised just how much playing with confidence can do for you and how far it can take you, especially when you’re fighting and battling and get into a losing mind frame. You’re just thinking everything that can go wrong will go wrong and it’ll get you down and discouraged. We need a win.”