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  • HOUSTON (AP) — The Texans became the first team since 1925 to win seven straight after starting 0-3 with a victory over Washington on Sunday.They go for a franchise record for consecutive wins when they host AFC South rival Tennessee next Monday night. Despite their streak , they know that they have plenty more work to do to get to where they want to be.“We’ve done a great job of digging ourselves out of a hole, but we don’t want to be known for a record that was set in 1925,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “My point is we haven’t done anything. We’ve got a very, very difficult opponent coming in here on Monday night that beat us earlier in the season. We’ve got to get back to work because in the end, what have you done?”Houston’s 23-21 win over the Redskins on Sunday was its second straight win by two points after the team beat the Denver Broncos 19-17 on Nov. 4 before its bye week. The Texans did some good things in Sunday’s win, but also committed three turnovers to underscore O’Brien’s point they need to continue to improve if they hope to continue winning.O’Brien likes to remind his team of the competitive balance in the NFL and how close many of Houston’s games have been this season.“It’s been a slim margin,” he said. “I think guys have improved in their individual play, I think that we make more plays now in critical moments than we made earlier in the season, I think we’re coaching better, but I think … our guys understand (that) if we don’t continue to work, put the time in, understand the detail of each play, the situation that we’re in Womens Jadeveon Clowney Jersey , then we’re going to be back where we were.”Houston has been able to pile up so many wins in part because so many players have made big plays. Sure, stars like J.J. Watt, Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins and Jadeveon Clowney have had their share of important plays over the last seven games. But the Texans have also gotten key contributions from their lesser knowns.On Sunday that player was third-round pick Justin Reid, who returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown. It was the second-longest interception return for a touchdown in Texans history and longest since a 102-yarder in 2004. The play also tied for the second-longest interception return for a touchdown by a rookie in NFL history, trailing a 103-yarder by Pete Barnum in 1926.Watson loves that so many different players have been contributing during the streak.“It’s top-notch,” the quarterback said. “Somebody is going to step up and make a play. It’s what got us to seven wins in a row, so it’s pretty incredible.”Reid’s long return was the talk of the stadium on Monday.“I haven’t been around too many pick-6s for 101 yards or whatever it was, but they’re exciting plays,” O’Brien said. “You can tell right away that it’s going to go because you can see it kind of open up and it’s coming toward you. That’s a pretty cool feeling if you’re the coach of that team.”Along with looking for ways to limit their mistakes and improve this week, the Texans will try to give receiver Demaryius Thomas a bigger role. Sunday was the veteran’s second game with Houston after being traded from Denver on Oct. 30. Thomas had three receptions for 61 yards in his debut, but didn’t have a catch on two targets Sunday.“He did some good things,” O’Brien said. “He ran some good routes. The ball just didn’t go his way. We’ll continue to work with him. I think he’s a great teammate , he understands, he just wants to win, but I think we need to work at really getting him more involved in the offense. No doubt about it.”While O’Brien spent most of Monday talking about needed improvement, he did acknowledge that cleaning up little things is way easier when you’re winning.“When you’re winning, you’re able to stand up in front of your team, put the film on and say: ‘Look, this is good, but this still is not very good, and if it doesn’t get better, it’s not going to be very good on Monday night,'” O’Brien said. “So, I think that that’s a big thing, and they’ll look at the tape … and they’ll say: ‘Yep Jordan Thomas Jersey , we do need to improve on that. We can’t do that again.'” Mike Vrabel knows Houston coach Bill O'Brien pretty well after spending the past four seasons working as a Texans assistant, including 2017 as defensive coordinator. Now Vrabel has his own team in Tennessee, and the rookie is about to square off with his former boss looking for his first victory as an NFL head coach.Vrabel hopes his familiarity with Houston helps Sunday in the Titans' home opener if only by explaining some Texans skills and tendencies.He cautions what he knows will help only so much."They've added some new stuff, and they're doing new things, and they've got some new personnel," Vrabel said. "Hopefully we can get prepared enough to go out and win a game on Sunday."When Vrabel worked for O'Brien, the Houston coach says they didn't talk about whether the former NFL linebacker wanted to be a head coach. O'Brien says Vrabel was too busy coaching linebackers or coordinating the defense."Smart guy, leader, very, hard worker, played in the league for a long time, knows the game," O'Brien said. "He's got all the qualities of a head coach."Vrabel went winless in the preseason as he and the Titans focused on trying to get to the regular season healthy. After a 27-20 loss in Miami Womens Will Fuller V Jersey , the Titans put tight end Delanie Walker on injured reserve and two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan is recovering from a concussion. Quarterback Marcus Mariota also hurt the elbow on his throwing arm .Houston has dominated this AFC South rivalry lately, but the teams split the season series last year, each winning on its home field. Houston visited Nashville last December with quarterback Deshaun Watson healing up from a torn ACL, while Mariota left the Titans' loss in Texas with an injured hamstring.Watson was back for the Texans' opener, but Houston lost 27-20 at New England. The Texans are back on the road for a second straight week, and neither team can afford falling to 0-2, raising the stakes even higher."We want to win very badly," Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan said. "It's a divisional game. You don't want to start out 0-1 in the division. You want to get some momentum and go from there."Some things to know about Texans and Titans:WATSON FACTORThe Titans faced Watson only once last season before he tore his right ACL , and once was enough . Watson led Houston to franchise records with most points (57), touchdowns (seven) and largest margin of victory (43). The Texans also put up 445 yards in total offense and scored on five of their first six possessions in Watson's fourth NFL game."We just went out there and had fun," Watson said.AIR BATTLEThe Titans have bolstered their secondary by signing Logan Ryan and drafting Adoree Jackson in 2017, then they signed cornerback Malcolm Butler as a free agent this March. The group has been trying to live by the phrase "My Man Catches No Balls" this season, a mantra that will be tested strongly by the Texans' potent wide receivers. All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins led the NFL with 13 touchdown receptions last season DeAndre Hopkins Jersey White , and now Will Fuller V is expected to be available after dealing with a hamstring injury.REPLACING WALKERThe three-time Pro Bowler came into this season with the most catches by a tight end in the NFL since the start of the 2013 season, and he has been Mariota's favorite target the past three years. Now the Titans will have to see if second-year tight end Jonnu Smith, veteran Luke Stocker and likely Anthony Firkser, who played at Harvard, can help catch the balls Mariota would have thrown to Walker.STRONG AT SAFETYTyrann Mathieu made his Houston debut last week by becoming the first Texan with an interception and fumble recovery in the same game since Week 13 of the 2012 season. He also had five tackles after signing with the Texans this offseason. The Titans counter with All-Pro Kevin Byard, who led the NFL with 10 total takeaways last season and tied for the league lead with eight interceptions.OFFENSIVE LINE SHUFFLEThe Texans placed right tackle Seantrel Henderson on injured reserve , and rookie Martinas Rankin is expected to start at either left or right tackle. The Titans are waiting to see if Lewan clears the concussion protocol, with Kevin Pamphile his likely replacement, and Dennis Kelly at right tackle until Jack Conklin returns from the left ACL torn in January.AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken contributed to this report.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker