It’ll be Texans-Patriots
The Houston Texans will reach the AFC divisional round, but shall go no further.
In their rematch with the Cincinnati Bengals from the 2011-12 playoffs, the Texans find themselves in favorable circumstances. They’ve lost three of their last four games and appear to be imploding, but the Bengals have yet to beat a playoff caliber team. The Bengals won six of their last 10 games, all against non-playoff teams, with their Week 17 win coming against the Ravens who were resting their stars.
Andy Dalton, the Bengals’ second-year quarterback, has had trouble with consistency. It’s like a match made in heaven for the suddenly struggling Texans, who have too much talent to let the Bengals come away with an upset. The problem is the next matchup for the Texans gets significantly harder. There’s no way the Texans can come into Gillette Stadium (they’ll face the Patriots next if they beat the Bengals), or travel to Mile High Stadium and pull out a win against two of the most solid teams in the league.
Right now, with the way Matt Schaub is playing (84 of 131 passing, 946 yards passing, 1 TD, 3 interceptions, 78.6 quarterback rating in last four games), that’s just unbelievable against Tom Brady and Peyton Manning led football teams.