Whether they win or lose Sunday in Nashville, the Texans know they'll be at NRG Stadium next weekend as the 4-seed in the first round of the AFC playoffs.
But don't tell Bill O'Brien it's a meaningless contest.
"There's always something to be gained any time you line up and play an NFL football game," the head coach said on Friday. "I think there's always something to be gained."
Pro Bowler Jadeveon Clowney, running back Lamar Miller, outside linebacker John Simon and fullback Jay Prosch won't suit up veresus the Titans because of injuries.
After finishing 9-7 in each of his first two seasons as the Texans head coach, O'Brien and company are aiming for an improvement in the regular season and success in the playoffs.
"First two years here with this coaching staff we're 9-7, these players," O'Brien said. "And to take a step towards a double-digit win season you know would be important."
The Texans are 9-6, and Tennesse is 8-7. Kickoff for the Week 17 matchup at Nissan Stadium is at noon CT.