Welcome to the playoffs! The NFL postseason begins with our first AFC wild card game and it could be a fun one: The Buffalo Bills vs. the Houston Texans.
The Bills have turned things around and had a great 2019 season. They have been to the playoffs, but they have not won a playoff game since 1995. Over twenty years ago. The last time they won a playoff game, I was in fifth grade. Sean McDermott has turned things around and keeping him after their subpar 2018 has turned into a good idea. He has a quarterback in Josh Allen. Allen has been a great running quarterback, but he’s failed to throw for more than 300 yards in his career. John Brown has been helming the Bills wide receivers, having arguably his best season as a pro with 1,060 yards and six touchdowns. The Bills also have some decent production from Frank Gore and Devin Singletary. While everything is solid with the Bills, there’s nothing that really stands out on the offensive side of the ball. The defense has been difference maker for the Bills, however even that has folded in the worst times. The Bills are probably the most balanced team in the NFL...but they don’t excel in anything.
On the other hand is the Houston Texans. They had quite the offseason, trading for Laremy Tunsil and it’s certainly helped quarterback Deshaun Watson get protection. It might help in the future and keep him from retiring early like Andrew Luck. The Texans also get J.J. Watt back from a pectoral injury that was seen as possibly season ending. Watt is a different type of human being, however, so he can come back from that sort of thing. The Texans might be the winners of the AFC South, but you can’t help but wonder what stares are on Bill O’Brien if he loses this game. Given what they gave up for Tunsil, I doubt a loss leads to his firing, but the Texans have sort of taken the mantle of the Cincinatti Bengals where they don’t advance far in the playoffs. They’ve won playoff games...with Brock Osweiler of all people, but they haven’t gotten over that hump. Firing O’Brien could be risky, but the Texans definitely should have the firepower to make a run.
Being that both teams have quarterbacks in the top-5 for rushing the ball, expect some fun football from this one.
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
When: January 4, 2020 | 1:35 p.m. PST
Announcers: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland
Radio: Texans Radio | Bills Radio
Online Streaming: ESPN
Bills blog: Buffalo Rumblings
Texans blog: Battle Red Blog