Andre Johnson: Facing Patriots 'biggest game in franchise history

  • By Kareem Copeland
  • Around the League Writer
  • Updated: Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.

The Houston Texans have rolled through the regular season and are one of two one-loss teams in the league. Still, many don't consider them the AFC favorite. The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos are getting a lot of that love.
The Texans have the chance to prove naysayers wrong Sunday with a road trip to Foxborough, Mass.

Andre Johnson summed up the magnitude of the game.

"You know how big it is?" Johnson told the Houston Chronicle. "The biggest game in the history of this franchise. As long as we keep winning, every game is going to get bigger and bigger.

"When you've been somewhere you've never been, everything gets bigger."

It's hard to say a regular-season game against the Patriots is the biggest in franchise history when the Texans have all but locked up a top-2 seed. The stakes are fairly low. The Texansdid make the playoffs for the first time in 2011 and advanced to the divisional round. But we see what Johnson trying to say. And he should know considering he's been with the franchise for 10 of its 11 years in existence.
The Texans are still fighting for respect as a newcomer to the upper echelon of NFL franchises. They have to beat the Patriots and Steelers and Packers of the world to be fully considered on that level.
And don't think Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the crew don't want to send a little message of their own about who is still the class of the National Football League.