That’s certainly easier said than done, and Kubiak is a bit concerned because he thought his team didn’t tackle very well in Sunday’s 29-17 win over Colts. He said that he’s putting extra emphasis on better tackling with Peterson coming to town.
He’s also hoping the Texans adjust well to facing a run-first team after weeks of dealing with pass-happy offenses.
“The thing that’s really difficult is we’ve been playing teams that are a lot different,” Kubiak said. “We’ve been playing teams that kind of spread us out, throw the ball. Now all of the sudden we’ve got to line up and tackle the best in football. So we’ve got our work cut out for us.”
It isn’t just the defensive front that is concerned about Peterson. Houston’s secondary knows the entire defense must be aware of what Peterson is doing at all times. Houston’s defensive backs know the Vikings could hurt them through the air, but with a passing offense that ranks last in the league, they’re much more worried about the running game.
“Obviously he can’t score a touchdown without running past the back end, and we know the secondary is the last line of defense,” cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. “You have to be on top of your tackling game 100 percent this week.”
Houston’s defense could get a boost this week by the return of linebacker Brooks Reed, who started the first 11 games for Houston before missing the last three with a groin injury. Kubiak said he returned to practice Wednesday and that he has a “good shot” of playing Sunday if he doesn’t have any setbacks in practice this week.
NOTES: Houston RB Arian Foster gifted each of his offensive linemen with a Segway personal transporter on Wednesday. The lineman squealed with delight when they discovered their presents, and learned how to ride them with help from Foster, who has had one for a while. “I can’t do anything without them,” Foster said of Houston’s linemen. “It was just my way of giving back to the big fellas.”