Brock Osweiler understands the importance of Houston’s tilt with the Colts on Sunday, Dec. 11. The Texans are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South, as Houston, Indianapolis, and Tennessee all currently own a 6-6 record.
“This game Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis, this is the biggest game of our season,” Osweiler said. “I’m viewing our season right now as a one-game season and it’s a one game that we must win. I think our entire football team understands that. There’s great urgency in this building right now and it reflected at today’s practice. No doubt about it, we understand as a team how important Sunday is and you can expect our best effort come Sunday.”
The situation Houston happens to be in is a dangerously familiar one. Last season, the Texans, who were 6-7 at the time, traveled to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Colts, who were also 6-7. The winner of this game would take sole possession of first place in a pathetic AFC South, while to loser would need a lot of help to qualify for the postseason.
Houston managed to pull away with a 16-10 victory after scoring 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, and would eventually go on to clinch the division title and the fourth seed in the AFC playoffs. However, Indianapolis did not have their star quarterback, Andrew Luck, at their disposal for this game.
The winner of the Texans-Colts game on Sunday will control their own destiny to the postseason. In order for Houston to improve to 7-6, Osweiler knows he needs to play his best football.
“I always believe that I can play better,” Osweiler said. “I’m striving for perfection every single week and so there’s nobody that’s ever going to judge themselves harder than my own self.”
The Texans possess a stout secondary and have an excellent rushing attack. Meanwhile, the Colts’ defense is one of the worst units in the NFL, and have proven to be tough to trust under any circumstance. If Houston falls to Indianapolis on Sunday, it will be fair to wonder how much of the blame falls on Osweiler’s shoulders, as the Texans performance under center has been their biggest liability in 2016 so far.