The Texans are ready for the Jaguars.
After wrapping up the final regular season practice of 2018 on Friday at the Houston Methodist Training Center, confidence remained high.
Houston enters with a 10-5 mark, and a win over Jacksonville would give the Texans an AFC South title. After the way the Texans began in September, safety Tyrann Mathieu liked the position in which he and his teammates currently sit.
"Everything we ever asked for, really worked for, is right in front of us," Mathieu said. "I think the position we put ourselves in, especially after the 0-3 start, virtually going 10-2, I think this is a game you wanted to be in, playing for a division title."
Mathieu was encouraged by what he saw during Friday's practice, and explained how important a win Sunday is for Houston.
"I think it means a lot to everybody in this locker room," Mathieu said. "I thought guys had a pretty decent work week. I thought today was perfect, saying that it was a Friday. Looks like we're ready to roll."
Head coach Bill O'Brien echoed that idea, while acknowledging the Texans could move up in the AFC playoff seedings if they win, and see some combination of the Patriots, Chiefs and Chargers losing.
"You don't want to get too far ahead of yourself," O'Brien said. "The No. 1 thing is the Jacksonville Jaguars. We are in. We understand that we're in. We're not denying that, but we are totally focused on one team and then we'll figure out what to do after that game."
Kickoff with Jacksonville is at noon CT inside NRG Stadium. Houston beat the Jaguars in Week 7 by a 20-7 margin.
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 5/7/2021)