Even though it's Christmas Eve, Bill O'Brien and the Texans don't have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. They're already thinking of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The morning after a 32-30 loss at Philadelphia, the Texans head coach met with the media at NRG Stadium. O'Brien said he and the 10-5 Texans were on the plane watching game film Sunday evening when they found out they'd clinched a playoff berth because of the Steelers loss. Getting set for Sunday's regular season finale versus the Jaguars, though, is the focus now.
"Jacksonville is an excellent team," O'Brien said. "I know what their record is. I don't really care. They have talent all over the place. They're very well-coached."
The Jaguars went to Miami Sunday and beat the Dolphins 17-7. The victory was Jacksonville's fifth of the year, and O'Brien reeled off a list of Jaguars on the defensive side of the ball who can cause problems. He also pointed to their run game as a positive, and said there are no cakewalks in the NFL.
"This is a hell of a football team, so we know the challenge," O'Brien said.
The head coach also said he thinks defensive back Kareem Jackson, who left the loss at Philadelphia because of a knee injury, will be able to suit up against the Jaguars.
Meanwhile, running back Lamar Miller, who missed the game against the Eagles with an ankle injury, "has a chance" of playing versus Jacksonville.
The Houston Texans took on the Philadelphia Eagles for Week 15 of the 2018 NFL season.