So, erm, the Texans are taking a well-earned break this week. There’s still some football that matters to us.
The ‘Boys have struggled this season. The links between Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten carried this team last season when Tony Romo went down. A season later, and it’s not working out so well for Jerry’s guys. Fortunately they get the chance to right the ship against the winless 49ers, who have been mired in sh!ttiness for several seasons now. Realizing what all Texans fans know, that Brian Hoyer is warm dumpster juice, the 49ers have made a quarterback change to C.J. Beathard. I hate to break it to 49ers’ fans, but it won’t help them, at least not this game. If you’re in Texas, this is your game.
So this is a division matchup between Ben Roethlisberger and Andy Dalton. Even the most diehard Katy resident will acknowledge Big Ben is the better quarterback, even in this difficult season. A.J. Green, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and T.J. Watt should make this interesting to watch for Texans fans. Most of Texas gets this as the late game on CBS.
It’s hard to see this as a victory for Philip Rivers’ men, given Denver’s strength and their overall badness, but they’ll play anyways. Jamaal Charles, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and C.J. Anderson should be Trevor Siemian’s primary targets, while Rivers should be aiming for Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates. The Amarillo and El Paso markets will get this game on CBS.
Big Blue finally won a game last week against the Broncos, so that monkey’s off their back. It’s hard to see a team as bad as this year’s Giants doing anything in the postseason, but you can’t spell elite without Eli (Manning). The Seahawks have traditionally struggled when traveling east, but that issue tends to predominate when they play early games. This is a late game, so the Giants can’t count on jet-lag to help them this game. Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham and Tyler Lockett should help the Seahawks dominate Manning and his targets. No one in Texas is getting this game without the aid of Sunday Ticket.
There’s your four games to dissect. Enjoy!