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At 5-7, the Houston Texans are two games behind the Jacksonville Jaguars in the race to capture the AFC South title, and speculation persists that head coach Gary Kubiak could be looking for a new job if the Texans fail to cement their first postseason berth in the franchise's nine-year history.

But the Ravens have insisted all week that Houston is a dangerous opponent, and coach John Harbaugh said the team's sub-.500 record is misleading.

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"They're a team that was, by many people, a favorite to win the AFC South before the season started," he said after the team's practice Saturday. "They're one of the most talented teams in the league – by far. We understand what kind of team we're going down there to play, and we understand their mindset going into the game."Monday night's contest is the third primetime showing this season for the Texans. Although Houston is just 3-6 in night games, fans have been encouraged to wear red, be loud, and generally make life miserable for the Ravens, who are well aware of what awaits them at Reliant Stadium.

"We know how important of a game it is to the Texans," Harbaugh said. "The Texans have got seven losses, and the way the AFC is going, this is it. So we have to go down there and take care of our business, but I think we know that the environment we're going to be in. … We had the home environment last Sunday, which was good for us, and now that'll be an advantage for them."

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