From the latest edition of Rivers McCown’s always indispensable preview of this week’s Texans game:
The Houston Texans come into Tennessee for a game that will define the rest of their season. It is by no means do or die, but a loss would effectively confine the Texans to the fourth or sixth seeds in the playoffs, and force the return match against the Titans in Week 17 to be a must-win. A win would allow them to all but clinch the division. Their magic number with Tennessee would be one and, if Indianapolis wins to stay alive, their magic number with the Colts would also be one. It would also keep the Texans in contention for the No. 3 seed with a tiebreaker with the Chiefs that could come into play, as well as the vague possibility of a No. 2 seed should they manage their way to a tie with New England or Kansas City for that spot. It will also set the terms by which we see the entirety of Houston’s win-now moves — no pressure!
There’s a lot at stake on Sunday in Nashville. Here’s what you need to know to catch the Texans’ first game against the Titans this season:
Kickoff Time: 12 p.m. CST on Sunday, December 15th.
TV Broadcast: CBS.
Radio Broadcast: Sports Radio 610 (AM), 100.3 (FM), and SXM 227. NFL Game Pass also provides an audio streaming service.
Online Streaming: Viewers in the U.S. can use the NFL Mobile app if they have a Verizon subscription. Everyone else can use the NFL Game Pass subscription service to watch the game.
Opponent Blog: Music City Miracles.
Facebook: Sure, you like us. But do you really, really like us?
NFL Network Replay: To be determined.
In terms of what we'll be doing for the game itself, expect "Countdown To Kickoff" to post at 8 a.m. CST on Sunday, with the first open thread for the game posting promptly at 11:45 a.m. CST. We'll add live open threads each quarter after that, and then we'll have a post-game reaction thread as soon as the game's over.