The final game of the divisional playoffs in the NFL brings an AFC matchup between the No. 3 seed Houston Texans on the road to face the No. 2 seed New England Patriots. These two teams played a few weeks ago in New England with the Patriots pounding the Texans and this game looks like it could have a similar ending.
New England’s high-powered offense is nearly impossible to stop and while Houston has a very good defense that can stop almost anyone, the Patriots are a different beast. Houston is going to need to get into an offensive shootout to have any hopes to win and move on. If the Texans can hold New England under 28 points, that will be their lone chance of victory. Matt Schaub and Arian Foster must combine for over 500 yards to keep pace with the Patriots’ high-scoring offense. Tom Brady should be able to throw for over 300 yards in this game for New England with 8-10 catches by Wes Welker.
New England is just too good for Houston here and while the Texans would love to get past this round after falling in the divisional round last year, it isn’t going to happen. I’ll take New England 38-21 to advance to the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots should be able to go up and down the field with ease and if Houston can’t slow down New England at all, this game may be over by halftime. It looks like the Patriots are on their way to being one step from returning to the Super Bowl.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.