The Texans will face a big challenge in an undefeated Atlanta Falcons team this Sunday. The upcoming matchup, though, is no bigger than any other, according to Vince Wilfork.
"Every week is a big week," Wilfork said Thursday. "I don't care if a team is 0-3 or 3-0. Each week is a big week, so we treat every week different. We treat each week big. Name a game, let's win it. That's the key. We're going to do everything in our will power to try and walk away with a W. That's our goal."
It's their goal, to win on the road against a Falcons team with a red-hot offense right now. After starting the season with two consecutive losses, the Texans made a point of getting off to faster starts and playing with more consistency.
Wilfork likes the progress that's been made, resulting in Sunday's 19-9 win over Tampa Bay. The Texans allowed just one third down conversion in the win and rank second in the NFL in third-down defense. Opponents have converted just 8-of-38 third downs (21.1 percent) for the season. The offense finished with both a 100-yard receiver (DeAndre Hopkins) and rusher (Alfred Blue) for the first time since Oct. 20, 2014 at Pittsburgh.
"The things we're doing around here have gotten better," Wilfork said. "We're happy with the way they're getting better. We just have to be able to build from that moving forward. We can't take a step back. I'm looking forward to it. I think this team is looking forward to it, going on the road against a good football team and see what we can do."
The (1-2) Texans will kickoff against the (3-0) Falcons on Sunday at noon CT.
The Texans defeated the Atlanta Falcons 17-10 at Reliant Stadium on Dec. 4, 2011.