The Oakland Raiders will face Houston and struggling QB Brock Osweiler in Mexico City on Monday night.
Oakland has ruled DT Stacy McGee out for Week 8 with a knee injury.
The Oakland defense is last in the NFL in pass defense, surrendering 330.6 passing yards per game.
The Oakland defense turned in an improved performance in Week 3, sparked by rookie SS Karl Joseph.
Raiders CB Sean Smith allowed 172 yards and a touchdown on three receptions in Week 1 at New Orleans.
The Oakland defense will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17, who have turned the ball over just 13 times in 15 games this season.
The Raiders will play without DL Mario Edwards (neck) on Thursday, and the rookie will miss the remainder of the season.
The Oakland defense has recorded 19 sacks over the last five weeks, leading all NFL defenses in that span.
Kansas City QB Alex Smith is 5-1 in his career against the Oakland Raiders, with 14 touchdown passes to just one interception.
The Oakland defense has surrendered 189.0 rushing yards and 28.7 points per game over the last three weeks.
The Oakland Raiders travel to Detroit in Week 11 to face the Lions, who lead the NFL in turnovers.
The Oakland Raiders will host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10, who could be without starting QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion).
The Oakland defense is preparing to face New York Jets running back Chris Ivory, who is one of seven NFL backs with 500 or more rushing yards this season.
The Oakland D/ST travels to San Diego to face the Chargers in Week 7, who lead the NFL with 433 yards of total offense per game.