The Houston Texans have been without J.J. Watt, and Brock Osweiler threw for just 99 yards on Sunday. Nevertheless, the Texans got their first road win of the season, beating Jacksonville, 24-21.
Houston (6-3) has now won three of its last four games.
How are the Texans getting it done without one of their best players?
“It’s just us coming together as a defensive unit and just all having the same goals in mind,” Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “That’s to go out and be a dominant unit. With J.J. being out, we definitely have some guys (stepping) up and playing some big-time ball. Jadeveon Clowney has been doing a great job this year. We have some younger guys stepping us as well. Just as a unit (we’re) coming together and wanting to be dominant on Sundays.”
The Texans didn’t get much from Osweiler yardage-wise on Sunday, but they also didn’t need much from him. That’s because Jackson had a 42-yard pick-six just a couple of plays into the game that put Houston up 7-0.
Jackson did a little high-stepping on his way to the end zone, which was unplanned.
“Most of the time when you get an interception and you kind of break free and you get a chance to let something out, your mind just kind of goes to another place,” Jackson said. “When you think back, you’re like, ‘Man, I should have did this,’ but for me, whatever comes out of me, that’s just all the natural reaction – just being excited and being in the moment. At the last minute, it just kind of came out of me a little bit.”
Looking ahead to Week 11, Houston will face Oakland (7-2) in Mexico City on Monday Night Football.
“I don’t think (our preparation will) change one bit,” Jackson said, referring to the game’s location. “We’ll prepare the same. The only thing (is) we’ll have an extra day because it’s a Monday Night game, but for us, we’ll approach everything the same as it was a Sunday game.”
The Texans will hope for a better game from Osweiler, who, despite being up and down this season, has Houston in first place in the AFC South.
“Brock’s a great guy,” Jackson said. “I definitely enjoying being around him. He’s a great leader for us. It’s always going to be like that in some aspect of the game. Regardless of how you play or how you perform, there’s always going to be somebody that has something to say. At the end of the day, we’re 6-3, we’re sitting in first place. Whatever happens, if the offense goes out and puts up 40, and if we can’t stop anybody, they’ll definitely cover for us and vice versa. But at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is us going out and getting that W.”