Usually by this time I have an “What To Watch For” and a “Preview And Predictions” already up before Texans game time. Unfortunately, every team has one bye week and this week the Texans along with five other teams have their Sunday off. Let’s take a look at the remaining schedule today for your viewing pleasure.
The 12:00 PM games have some potential but there’s not one must see matchup. Both the 49′ers-Jaguars and the Bills-Saints games should be blowouts. The Cowboys-Lions games does have some potential and should be interesting late. Both teams give up over 390+ total yards a game and both teams are capable of scoring in bunches. The Dolphins-Patriots game should also be an intriguing AFC East matchup. A Dolphins win on the road would close the gap between the two teams and push the Dolphins over .500. The Patriots are banged up on defense but should feature both Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski together for the first time this season. The Browns-Chiefs game may be a bit closer than expected though the Chiefs should be able to keep their undefeated record safe at Arrowhead Stadium. The final 12:00 PM game between the Giants and Eagles should see lots of scoring, but sometimes a game expected to be a shootout, ends up being a low-scoring game. You just never know in the NFL.
The 3:00 PM games are headlined by a Redskins-Broncos matchup. The Redskins may have found their groove on offense and the Broncos are certainly capable of giving up points. Both teams have high-powered offense and both defenses allow more than 28+ points a game. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a shootout like we saw when the Broncos faced the Cowboys a few weeks ago. This game may come down to whichever defense can make a stop late in the game. The Steelers and Raiders face off in a game that only their respective fan-bases and fantasy football owners are likely to watch. The Jets-Bengals is another solid matchup as the surprising Jets look to steal a game at Paul Brown Stadium where the Bengals are undefeated this season. That game could come down to a late field goal as that’s how both teams have been winning lately.
After a rough Thursday night game, the SNF and MNF games are also likely to be blowouts. On SNF the Packers face the Vikings in a matchup which may bring out the Packers second unit in the fourth quarter. The Packers offense should be able to move the ball at will and if the Packers defense can shore up some leaks they should have no problem with the Vikings offense. The MNF matchup between the Rams and Seahawks may not be much better. The Seahawks defense has allowed just over 16 points a game and it should no problem with a Sam Bradford-less Rams. With Kellen Clemens starting, the game should be out of hand pretty early if Russell Wilson and the Seahawks can score on a Rams defense allowing over 26 points a game.
What are your plans on this Texans bye week? Any football matchup you’re looking forward to watch? Let us know in the comments below!