The Texans may be in the playoff hunt, but head coach Bill O'Brien has one thing on his mind this week.
"The most important thing about this week is the Jacksonville Jaguars and that we are very, very focused on them," O'Brien said Monday. "Our guys really should not look at their record at all. It's a very tough football team in all three phases, and so our guys need to be very, very focused this week on the task at hand, which is trying to win the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars."
Houston defeated Jacksonville 27-13 in Week 14, but face the Jaguars with a different quarterback this time around. Case Keenum will get his second consecutive start with a full week of practice and meetings, something he didn't have heading into Sunday's game against the Ravens.
"Obviously the Jaguars are a totally different team than the Ravens, so we have to do a good job of preparing together, myself, George (Godsey), Case (Keenum) and then the team on offense of making sure we put together a good game plan and making sure that he knows it," O'Brien said. "Again, he'll make improvement just from being here for a week and getting back into the routine of the way we do things here."
The Texans need a win as well as losses by both San Diego and Baltimore this week. Kareem Jackson, coming off a two-interception game on Sunday, isn't preoccupied with the help needed from other teams to earn a playoff berth.
"I'm sure that's the case, but the only thing we can focus on is going out and winning this next game," Jackson said. "That's all we can do is do our part. We'll prepare this week and we'll go out and we'll play on Sunday and get a win."
The (8-7) Texans will host the (3-12) Jacksonville Jaguars in the final game of the regular season. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT on CBS KHOU-11 and SportsRadio 610.