By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans blew a chance to clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with Sunday's ugly loss to Minnesota.
They'll get another opportunity to do it in the regular-season finale at Indianapolis next Sunday.
But first, coach Gary Kubiak is looking to correct many problems on his team. The biggest one, he says, is improving on third downs. Houston (12-3) has struggled in that area for three weeks, and against the Vikings was worst on third downs since Kubiak took over.
He says there are many reasons the Texans are struggling on third downs. A glaring one is that they have routinely faced long third downs because of an inability to run well on first and second downs .
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