USA relates the Texans past "respect" problems and their climb on the status pole.
Texans very ready for primetime
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Given that the Texans are 0-5 in prime-time road games, Monday represents an important steppingstone game.
"As an organization we still have a lot to prove," Cushing says. "Yeah, we're 4-0 for the first time. Until last year, we'd never won a playoff game. People are going to continue to doubt us until we really prove ourselves as an organization.
"This is a chance to show we're for real.
"To be 4-0, a lot of America will be watching to see if we're legit or not. But we'll prove it."
The wounded Jets (2-2), reeling from a 34-0 trampling by the San Francisco 49ers, figure to be dangerous even after losing top receiver Santonio Holmes to a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury.
The Jets are 2-0 vs. the Texans with Rex Ryan as coach and Mark Sanchez at quarterback.
Ryan was embarrassed by his team's inept performance against the 49ers, as his vaunted defense surrendered 245 rushing yards and three touchdowns and was accused of quitting by San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers.
"Obviously, we have to get a heck of a lot better, and we have to do it in a hurry," Ryan said. "This football team we're playing is arguably the best team in the league.
"I don't know what to say. But I'd much rather play my son's high school team than the Houston Texans."
Word should be fed back to Ryan that the Texans, on the other hand, WILL be playing a high school team this Monday night.