The Houston Texans pushed their AFC South record under Bill O’Brien to 14-3 since he took over, with the three losses coming to the Indianapolis Colts. The team is undefeated against the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars under O'Brien. O’Brien is 10-1 in their last 11 AFC South games. The Texans have won their second AFC South crown under O’Brien and are one game away from posting their best record of the O’Brien era.
“I feel great for this team. I don’t care about myself, I feel great for this team,” declared O’Brien regarding the Texans winning the AFC South. “I think that this team is a tough team, I think that they work hard in practice, they’ve given us everything that they can give us and I just feel great for this team.”
This was a team which saw multiple injuries hit the defense with J.J. Watt and Kevin Johnson missing most of the season, plus John Simon, Whitney Mercilius, Jadeveon Clowney, Kareem Jackson, Jonathan Joseph, and Quentin Demps missing multiple games. Despite the injuries, the Texans go into week 17 with the top ranked defense in the NFL.
O’Brien continues to sing the praises of Romeo Crennel and the job he has done.
“Romeo’s been around a long time. He’s just a very experienced guy. He’s dealt with all kinds of different issues in his career,” O’Brien explained. “If you really think about his career—I mean, think about all the things he’s gone through. So, maybe losing a player here and there to injury, that might not be the biggest thing he’s gone though in his career.”
Savage too was happy that the defense continued their solid play in his first career start.
“It’s this dominant defense and you see right there if you protect the ball, we’re going to find a way to win and that’s ultimately what it comes down to,” said Savage.
The Texans held the Cincinnati Bengals to only 50 yards on the ground. That proved to be enough to allow the defense to hold them to 10 points, clinching the win.
“We played physical upfront with the offensive line and not getting knocked back and you know, boxing the man to make them stay inside and that’s what we did,” said Jadevoen Clowney of stopping the Bengals on the ground. “Everybody got to the ball.”
The Texans will host a Wildcard game at NRG Stadium either against the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins or the Kansas City Chiefs.