At the glitzy age of ten years and fourteen weeks, the Houston Texans finally clinched their inaugural AFC South division title and accompanying playoff berth. And they couldn’t have done it more dramatic fashion. Without their best quarterback and wide receiver, the team once again rallied around third-string passer T.J. Yates, who capped Houston’s most important drive ever with a last second TD strike to Kevin Walter.
With the win, and Titans loss, they clinched at least a 4th seed in the postseason and effectively ended Cincinnati’s playoff bid. And with only Carolina, Indy, and Tennessee remaining on their schedule, fantasy owners can look for the Texans offense to continue to put up big numbers, as they continue to ease Yates into comfort at the starting spot.
Nobody expected Oakland to legitimately compete against Green Bay, and things played out exactly as the gurus predicted, maybe even a tad worse. Carson Palmer laid an egg with 4 INTs, probably because his top three receivers were watching from their televisions. While the Raiders shot repeatedly themselves in the foot, Aaron Rodgers had his first bad game and posted his only sub 100 QB rating of the season. And by bad game I mean he threw 2 TDs and a pick for 281 yards. At this point, let the 16-0 talk start waterfalling. The most the Pack has been down during a game has been 14 and their closest contest came last week against the Giants. Other than that, blowouts have become just another day at the office. They look much stronger than New England did at this point in the season and with the Chiefs, Bears, and Lions left they’ll finish the season riding the current strong. They’ve been completely unbeatable for over a year now and nothing has changed at all.
— In the “Gotty Vs. David D. Bowl,” the Saints edged out a win over the Texans 22-17 behind Drew Brees’ 337 yards and two touchdowns.
— While Green Bay flirts with perfection, Indianapolis continues to drive towards the most infamous record in football as they fell to 0-13 following a 24-10 loss to Baltimore. Peyton for MVP?
— Michael Vick returned to the line up and temporarily helped stopped the bleeding that is the Eagles season. Even with a 26-10 loss, however, Reggie Bush continues his break out season in Miami with 103 yards rushing.
— The Broncos did it again. That’s pretty much all that needs to be said. Two wins in a row was a fluke, but what this team is doing now – not just Tim Tebow – is something to take serious notice of. At this point, do you really want to see this Denver team in the playoffs?
— The Falcons continue to stay in arms length of the Saints following their 31-23 victory over Cam Newton and the Panthers.
— Jacksonville put up 41 on Tampa Bay en route to an easy 27 point victory. This Buccaneers team is undoubtedly one of the season’s more disappointing stories.
— Closer they would have liked, Tom Brady and company left the nation’s capital with a 34-27 win over the Redskins. A little bit of history was made during the game as well. Rob Gronkowski, with his 15th touchdown reception, became the all time single season leader for TD’s by a tight end.
— It was all good for the Cowboys up 12 with five minutes to go. What happened next – Dallas losing 37-34 in a last second thriller – put Tins on suicide watch and the Cowboys “in the hunt” where they were “division leader” before kickoff. The poor guy hasn’t been the same since the Finals and now he has to deal with this. That said, it may be time to give Eli his just due as one of the better quarterbacks in football.