The Houston Texans (6-3, 1st AFC South) took care of business at home against the Detroit Lions (5-4, 1st NFC North) two weeks ago, on the road last weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7, 4th AFC South)and now will head across the border to take on the Oakland Raiders (7-2, 2nd AFC West) on Monday Night Football next week.
“We’re excited about that,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Monday. “I know that (team owner) Mr. McNair and the NFL feel strongly about international play. It’s a pretty short trip for us. We know we’re going to have a lot of fans down there, which is great for our team and our organization.”
The Texans were on the road against the Jaguars last weekend and collected their first road win of the season. For the ailing Jaguars, they have yet to win at home.
“We have to play the game the way we see it playing out,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “We don’t worry about stats. I think everyone needs to understand that in the National Football League it’s all about winning. It’s about winning. Whatever it takes to win that is what we try to do. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but six times this year it has worked out and three times it hasn’t. Hopefully, we can be on the positive side of the ledger.”
The Texans will now set their sites on the 7-2 Oakland Raiders in Mexico City.
“I think they’re playing as one of the best teams in the league,” O’Brien said. “I think that they’re very athletic. I think offensively just watching a lot of their film here over the last couple days, big, big offensive line. Downhill running attack. Derek Carr is playing very, very well.”
There is no letting up for the Houston Texans who are now being led (and quite successfully) by former Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden. Weeden, who could not win a quarter while serving his term with “da boys” has now led the Texans to two straight victories including running for a touchdown and throwing for two more in a 34-6 romping of the Tennessee Titans.
“We needed this one,” Weeden said. “As a team, we needed this one. It feels good personally, I’m more excited for this team.”
Now the Texans hold their fate in their hands as they face the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) this weekend and a victory is a must.
“We have to play to win,” Houston coach Bill O’Brien said of his approach against Jacksonville. “I think the bottom line is we need to win. I don’t think we can look at any scenario, this scenario, that scenario, I believe that we need to play to win.”
Arian Foster on offense and J.J. Watt on defense. If only the Jacksonville Jaguars had that to deal with, but the Houston Texans brought all guns blazing. Foster ran for 149 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown and Ryan Fitzpatrick was a smoking 13-19 for 135 yards and a rushing touchdown.
“We are in a must-win situation now,” star defensive end J.J. Watt said. Watt finished the game with 3 sacks and 5 QB hits. “We have strung two together and we need to continue to do it. We need to go on the road (at Indy) and try to do it again this week.”
As Watt said, his Texans are on the road next week facing the hot Indianapolis Colts this week. The Colts have reeled off three wins in a row, defeating the Cleveland Browns yesterday on a last minute drive orchestrated by Andrew Luck.