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Week 17 - Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans: Preview and Predictions

The Houston Texans finish out their 2013 season against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville at 12:00 p.m. CST today.  You can catch the game on CBS if you’re a glutton for punishment.

The only important thing about this game is that we lose.  This is a battle of two pretty awful teams, so other than J. J. Watt and Andre Johnson potentially having decent games, don’t look for anything enjoyable to happen. With a loss, the Texans lock up the 1st overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Considering how good Teddy Bridgewater looked in the Russell Athletic Bowl last night, it’s become even more important that we secure that pick. I know it’s early to be banking on names for the first overall pick when so many things (like coaching staff) are still up in the air for the Texans, but I couldn’t help but salivate ever so slightly while watching Bridgwater sling it all over the field from in and outside the pocket.

The Titans aren’t playing for anything so they have nothing to lose. They are sitting at 6-9 and funny enough are 2nd in the AFC South, that’s how bad our division is. They have already been officially eliminated from playoff contention and aren’t even in the race for the 6th seed.

Here’s hoping that Ryan Fitzpatrick and crew care enough to take the team to the win this week. After all, the Texans could barely beat the Titans at home in Reliant at the first of the season, and – as I feel I state every week – they’ve done absolutely nothing to prove they could win against this team on the road. I mean, hell. The Texans haven’t even named their starting quarterback as I type this in the wee hours of the morning.

With the Texans lunging closer to picking up Bill O’Brien (or possibly Ken Whisenhunt?) as their next head coach, having the first pick in the draft is vital. This ensures every option available to the team moving forward.

Best case scenario is we lose to the Titans and we lock up said pick. Worst case scenario: we win, the Washington Redskins lose to the New York Giants and secure the 1st pick for themselves which will subsequently become the St. Louis Rams’ pick (from 2012 trades) leaving the Texans with the 2nd pick in the draft.

Some fear that if the latter were to happen, the Texans are in danger of losing the best quarterback prospect to the Rams who may be looking to replace an overpriced, ailing Sam Bradford. I’m not quite convinced they’re ready to replace Bradford, but it is a possibility and I’d rather not risk it.

Tragically ironic that it takes the off season to make the team exciting. That’s how bad it’s been for us. That’s how terribly slow and painful this season has been. Look for the Texans to close out 2013 with a 14th straight loss… that in its own way would be the biggest win of the year. Hang in there, gang. It’s almost over.


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