Dec 21, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium. The Texans defeated the Ravens 25-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Texans need one more improbable weekend to make the playoffs. One more miracle to happen and this time it’s not in their hands. It’s going to be in the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns. We’re going to take a breakdown of the two games to see how much help from the football gods the Texans will need to make that last wild card slot theirs.
San Diego at Kansas City:
The Chargers are coming into this game with some problems. They lost starting right guard Johnnie Troutman on Injured Reserve after he suffered a season ending knee injury in the chargers wild come from behind win over the San Francisco 49’ers. This loss makes their other problem, Phillip Rivers even more serious. Rivers is playing with a bulging disc in his back. You ever wake up after sleeping wrong? Yeah, triple that and then go play football. Give Rivers daps for standing strong, but every Charger fan has to be worried now that a key starting lineman is down.
The game will be played in KC, where the Chiefs are 5-2 against a Chargers team that’s 4-3 on the road. It’s going to be a tough game for both sides as the Chiefs are having their own problems protecting Alex Smith and may be without the services of Dwayne Bowe’s services due to a bad shoulder. This one is a toss up, and will be decided by which squad wants to win more, advantage Chiefs, but only just so.
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Cleveland at Baltimore:
The Ravens are home for the final game and had a long flight back to consider their trouncing at the hands of the Texans. This is a good football team playing a must win game in the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium against a Browns team with nearly as many quarterback issues as the Texans. Season start Brian Hoyer was benched in favor of 1st round draft pick Johnny Manziel, however Johnny Football failed to produce flopping in his first start and then suffering a season ending hamstring injury in his second start. Hoyer is injured and the Browns have been forced to sign Tyler Thigpen, who last saw action in 2012 for Buffalo.
The Ravens should win this game. They have to bounce back from the worst game in recent memory to keep their hopes alive. Unless Joe Flacco has some health related issue no one knows about or the Browns defense steps up chances are the Ravens will be playing in two weeks while the Texans look towards the draft.
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