The Houston Texans can make history by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16.
One win on Sunday, in Week 16, is all the Houston Texans need to clinch the AFC South championship with one week remaining in the regular season. It won’t be an easy task by any means, but that is what awaits the 10-win Texans.
Not only are the Texans on the road against a Philadelphia Eagles team that is playing for their playoff lives, but the Texans in four all-time meetings have never defeated the Eagles with Philadelphia being 4-0 in games against Houston.
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The first time these two teams played each other, according to The Football Database, was way back in 2002 when the Eagles won by a 35-17 score. From there they didn’t play each other again until 2006 when Philadelphia won 24-10. Next was a game in 2010 when the Eagles won 34-24, and the most recent meeting was in 2014 when Houston lost to the Eagles, 31-21.
This year could be different for the Texans as they are playing for a lot in their 2018 meeting. Houston is not only 10-4 entering Week 16, but the Texans are also just a single win away from clinching the AFC South championship. Not only that, the Texans are currently the No. 2 overall seed in the AFC playoffs, and a victory would go a long way to secure that spot too.
One issue for the Texans that stands out in this game is the fact they will be without starting running back Lamar Miller who is injured and didn’t travel with the team. This season, Miller has rushed for 917 yards and four touchdowns on 113 carries. Miller is averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
Houston, though coming off a win last Sunday, didn’t play their best game a week ago against the New York Jets, and will have to play much better this Sunday if they want to achieve the championship success that is so very close for them.
Stopping Philly isn’t easy, not just for the fact they are the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Eagles could be tied with the Dallas Cowboys after this Sunday in the NFC East standings if the Eagles defeat the Texans and the Cowboys lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Houston just needs to show improvement from their overall play from a week ago. If Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins are able to do what they do best on offense, while the defense of J.J. Watt and company disrupts the Nick Foles led Eagles offense, it can be a good day for the Texans, and a day where they earn the AFC South championship.
For that to happen, the Texans will have to do something they’ve yet to achieve in franchise history and that is defeat the Eagles which is easier said than done.