Playoff Football Is Back In Houston

Outside Linebacker Whitney Mercilus Celebrates after a sack. Photo Courtesy of Houston Texans

Playoffs? You want to talk about playoffs?

After a 2-5 start that had the league counting Houston out of playoff contention and finishing 9-7 (good enough for the third AFC South Championship in five years)…

Yes, I want to talk playoffs. Houston Texans playoffs.

Even though the New Orleans Saints helped seal the AFC South Championship for the Texans by defeating the Atlanta Falcons before the game we were all tuned in to was even over, this team earned it. Like I said in the previous article, Bill O’Brien was not relying on the outcome of the other games to determine whether or not they would be crowned champions of the AFC South, the 2015 Texans wanted to did earn the crown.

 

With the playoff picture being set, the fourth seeded Houston Texans will host the fifth seeded Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on Saturday January 9th 2016 with kickoff set at 3:35 PM on ABC/ESPN.

 

The Chiefs finished their 2015 regular season campaign 11-5, riding a 10-game win streak into the wildcard match after a 1-5 start (the lone win coming at the hands of the Texans in Week One). It will not be an easy task to put up points on the Chiefs 7th ranked defense, however the Texans are surging at the perfect time. Alfred Blue is peaking, Brian Hoyer is managing the game the way he is being asked to, and Jaelen Strong is beginning to show signs of why many considered him to be a steal in this past April/May draft. Then, of course, there is DeAndre Hopkins, who if given the opportunity, can catch whatever is thrown in his vicinity. The offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders, at the right time.

 

… And then there are the Bulls on Parade.

 

Yeah, you read that right. During the final nine-game stretch of the season in which the Texans went 7-2, they ranked first in the league defensively. Ahead of Wade Phillips’ Bronco defense and Kris Richard’s Seahawk defense. It will not be an easy task for Alex Smith’s 27th ranked offense to throw the ball on an opportunistic Houston secondary. It will not be much easier to run the ball on Brian Cushing and company. Romeo Crennel’s defense has carried Houston and has been the silver lining throughout what we can call a rough season, to say the least. Remember, this is a team that has missed an injured Arian Foster since Week 7 and has started four different quarterbacks, but yet, still finished with a winning record. We already witnessed one Houston team win big with the UH Cougars in the form of a Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl victory. Why not have another Houston football team win big? Win it all? Only time will tell, and as fans, we have to take it the way the team takes it, one game at a time.

If there is a Cinderella team to cheer for in this year’s NFL playoffs, look no further than the Houston Texans.

 

At the end of the day, we all know how the saying goes:

Defense wins Championships.

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