When the season started, the Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans game was expected to be a great late season showdown with playoff positioning on the line. Now it has become quite a laughable game on paper.
The Broncos travel to Houston to play the Texans in a game which was supposed to be one of the games to watch as the season winded down. Most fans would have even guessed that this could be a game worth flexing into Sunday Night because these two teams were the class of the AFC last season. Well, for one team, they still are. When I saw the schedule, this was one game I was looking forward to. Both teams with Super Bowl aspirations were going into the season battling it out for a first round bye and maybe even home-field advantage. However, while the Broncos were playing well for most of the season, the Texans have lost 12 straight games following a 2-0 start.
However, the Broncos should not take this team lightly. Most of the Texans’ losses have come in the final minutes. This team can be competitive if the Broncos fall into the trap. This team jumped out to a halftime lead against the New England Patriots a couple weeks ago, and the Broncos need to focus on the prize ahead. They can seal up the AFC West along with a first round bye if they win and get some help from Peyton Manning‘s old team the Indianapolis Colts. There is even a chance the Broncos can clinch home-field advantage this weekend if another team helps them out. Early scenarios are if the Patriots were to lose to the Baltimore Ravens and the Colts win against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos will pull off all three rewards — the division, a first round bye, and more importantly home-field advantage throughout. This weekend is a perfect chance to accomplish just that.
While the game could be interesting once it is played, on paper it just seems like a snooze fest between the best and the worst of the AFC.