Kubiak looks to shore up Texans run defense



HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Gary Kubiak says Saturday’s win over San Francisco had the feel of a regular-season game and offered a helpful gauge of where the Texans are three weeks before the games count.

Kubiak liked most of what he saw in the Texans’ 20-9 victory — the continuing improvement of receiver Lestar Jean, developing depth on the right side of the offensive line and sharpness from quarterback Matt Schaub and star receiver Andre Johnson.

But the second-team offense sputtered and the 49ers broke off a handful of first down runs, new areas of concern for Kubiak.

Linebacker Brian Cushing bruised his ribs in the game, but Kubiak said no one else was injured. The Texans (No. 6 in the AP Pro32) play at New Orleans (No. 9) on Saturday.


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