3. Texans Schedule 2020: Week 16 vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 27)
Getting to face a rookie quarterback late in the season could be a trap for the Houston Texans or a blessing depending on the development of No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow once Week 16 arrives. Hopefully by this point of the season, the Texans know what they need to do as a franchise to reach the playoffs if they are still in the race to do so.
The Texans by this point will know what their team is made of, and in facing a team like Cincinnati — who had the worst record in the league last season — the visitors most likely won’t be battling for a playoff spot as they are in a division with the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Texans overall have a more complete roster compared to the Bengals, but the wild card in this game will be how Burrow has meshed with his new teammates, especially with A.J. Green and rookie Tee Higgins.
Also the Texans will get to face old teammate D.J. Reader, so that will be fun to see where the nose tackle stands with his new team late into the season, though most likely Reader will be having a productive season if he’s healthy and on the field.
If all is good for the Texans health-wise entering this game, the defensive front seven should win the battles on the line of scrimmage, and that will affect everything else in this game. Even late in the season, if the Texans can disrupt Burrow, that will be the key for the Texans to win this game.