With Sunday's loss at Green Bay, the Texans are now 6-6.
They remain atop the AFC South because of a spotless record in three divisional games. But with road contests remaining next week at the Colts and in the finale at Nashville, head coach Bill O'Brien said what would already be an intense December just got ratcheted up a level or two.
"These last four games are all playoff games," O'Brien said after the defeat at Lambeau Field. "That's how
The Traveling Texans showed up strong in support of their favorite team on Sunday in Green Bay.
we have to view them. Three of the four are divisional games."
In between the road trips are home dates with Jacksonville in Week 15 and the Bengals in Week 16. Before all that, though, there's the work and evaluation that comes the day after a game.
"There's no time to get discouraged," quarterback Brock Osweiler said. "All we can do is show up on Monday, be honest with ourselves when we watch the film and then when we hit that practice field on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, treat those like games and strive to get better. Moving forward, every game's a playoff game, starting next week in Indianapolis."
Osweiler threw a pair of touchdown passes, and completed 22-of-35 passes for 202 yards.
The defense held Aaron Rodgers to just 209 passing yards, but the Packers were able to find the end zone twice in the fourth quarter. For linebacker Brian Cushing, the objective over the final quarter of the season is simple.
"Just gotta win them all," Cushing said. "Starting with Indianapolis next week at their place. It's a huge game for us."
O'Brien said his players are focused and ready for what's next.
"They know it's going to be a quick turnaround now to tomorrow, to start getting ready for Indy," O'Brien said.
The Colts play the Jets tomorrow night in New Jersey.
The Texans faced the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 13.