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Texans excited for "really cool" chance to play in London

Smack dab in the middle of the 2019 campaign, the Texans will fly across the Atlantic for a November 3 contest against the Jaguars.

The AFC South foes square off at Wembley Stadium in Week 9, and defensive end J.J. Watt is enthused about the chance to play overseas.

"I've been over to London quite a few times and I really enjoy it over there, so I'm excited to see the fan base over there, I'm excited to see the people and to get to play over there," Watt said. "Wembley's such an iconic stadium. It's going to be really cool to have a chance to play over there and to showcase our skills to the London crowd and everybody over in Europe."

It's the second international game the Texans will participate in, as they faced the Raiders in a 2016 contest in Mexico City.

For Bill O'Brien, this will be his second time as a coach in the United Kingdom. In 2009 he was the quarterbacks coach in New England, and the Patriots beat the Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium in late October that season.

"It's a really unique experience," O'Brien said Wednesday. "The deal is, you've got to win the game. That makes it a great experience. You're able to organizationally go out to London, you're there to play a game, but it has that feel of overseas. A lot of things going on. A great city in London. We have to stay focused on the game, but it's a great opportunity to showcase the NFL in London."

O'Brien said the Texans currently have a few members of the organization in London, setting up logistics and other parts related to the trip.

"We have people over there right now, looking at London hotels, where we might be able to practice, those types of things," O'Brien said. "It's more about our administrative staff, who does a great job just going over there and making sure everything's in line so we can really hit the ground running when we get there."

The weekend after the London trip will be the Texans bye. They'll return to action on November 17 at Baltimore.

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