For all the complaints about falling short of expectations, seemingly year after year, your Houston Texans are one of just twelve (12) NFL teams still playing this season. Twenty (20) other franchises didn’t earn the right to participate in January football. Indeed, from 2002 until 2011, the Texans could only dream of playing on Wild Card Weekend.
Should they be fortunate enough to defeat the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium this afternoon, the Texans will find themselves in the NFL’s version of the Elite Eight. The Texans have advanced that far on three other occasions (2011, 2012, and 2016) in the eighteen (18) year history of the franchise.
They’ve never participated in a conference championship game.
The Lombardi Trophy is the goal, of course, but let’s not take the opportunity to see our beloved squad play in the postseason for granted. The Houston Texans are in the NFL Playoffs. That should never get old.
Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, and the rest of a team that’s exceptionally easy to root for aim to give you at least one more week in the sun. You can—and should!—talk about the likelihood of that in the space below.
We’ll find out who won’t dress out (with Will Fuller V as the usual chief concern in that regard) for today’s playoff opener around 2 p.m. CST, and we’ll get a post up listing the Inactives shortly thereafter. The first quarter thread will publish at 3:20 p.m. Until then, the floor is yours to dissect Texans-Bills.