Texans vs. Patriots: TV Schedule, Predictions for 2017 AFC Divisional Game

January 14, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL postseason has a remarkable habit of stunning unsuspecting fans with enthralling tales of underdog heroics. A single-game elimination system sets the table for dramatic twists and turns more commonplace for a Hollywood thriller. Sometimes the football gods grease the wheels for an upset with a fumble or remarkable Hail Mary loaded with the power to defy the odds and rewrite history.
This will not be one of those times.
Although the tight-lipped New England Patriots would never say it aloud, they will essentially receive their second straight bye when hosting the Houston Texans.
New England once again ended 2016 atop the NFL mountaintop with a league-leading 14 wins and plus-192-point differentials. Houston, on the other hand, crawled past a mediocre AFC South without J.J. Watt and received another fortunate break when the Oakland Raiders were forced to start third-string quarterback Connor Cook rather than budding star Derek Carr.
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