How Will Our Texas Teams Do in the Playoffs This Weekend
After their defeat of the Oakland Raiders last weekend, the Houston Texans will travel to New England to face the Patriots in the AFC divisional playoff Saturday at 7:15 P.M. on CBS.
Houston comes in with the number one defense in the NFL, without JJ Watt mind you. But linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus along with cornerbacks A.J. Bouye and Johnathan Joseph have led the defense. Romeo Crennel is one of the most underrated defensive coordinators in the NFL. He'll have that defense ready for Tom Brady and company.
Houston's offense is a different story. While they have a playmaker like DeAndre Hopkins and a very good running back in Lamar Miller, quarterback play has been iffy at best. Brock Osweiler had an up and down season, was benched for Tom Savage for the final three weeks of the season but returned to being the starter after Savage suffered a concussion. Osweiler played well against the Raiders but I don't see that same performance against the Patriots.
I think Tom Brady will struggle against the Texans defense the first couple of series but I believe he will figure out what they are doing and lead New England to the AFC Championship 35-17.
I believe this will be the best game of the weekend.
The Green Bay Packers come to Dallas for the NFC divisional round at 3:40 P.M. on Fox.
The Packers are on a seven game winning streak since Aaron Rodgers made his "we'll run the table" comment. Green Bay struggled during the first half of the season. Their defense was not playing well at all and Rodgers was dealing with some injuries. Dallas came to Lambeau Field in week six during that time and ran over the Packers 30-16.
Aaron Rodgers has been nearly perfect in the Packers current win streak. Green Bay did lose wide receiver Jordy Nelson to a rib injury last weekend against the Giants. He will be a game time decision to play, but it's not looking too good. If he doesn't, that will be a huge blow to their offense. The Cowboys will still have to account for wide receivers Davante Adams and Randall Cobb and tight end Jared Cook. It will be a tough match up for the Cowboys defense.
The Cowboys are almost fully healthy on defense. Morris Claiborne has finally clicked as an NFL player. He had a great season but has been out the last few weeks due to injury. He should be back Sunday which is huge for the Cowboys defense. Overall, the Cowboys defense has been a pleasant surprise. They are not a great defense by any stretch but have gotten the job done this season. Sean Lee will play his first playoff game of his career. He will lead the defense against the tough Green Bay offense.
There's not much to say about the offense. Dak and Zeke have surprised the entire league. Jason Witten is Mr. Dependable. Dez isn't worried about "the catch that wasn't a catch" from the 2014 playoffs. The key for the Cowboys offense is the offensive line. If they take control from the first snap, Green Bay's defense will wear down.
I still see a close game but I think the Cowboys will win 38-31.
The other games are Seattle at Atlanta, Saturday at 3:35 P.M. on Fox. I think Atlanta takes the win. Then Pittsburgh at Kansas City, Sunday at 12:05 on NBC. This will be a another close game with Kansas City winning by a field goal.
Have fun this weekend and Go Cowboys!