Tom Savage debuts as the Texans starting quarterback Saturday night, as Houston host Cincinnati to close out Saturday’s action. The Texans are only a two-point favorite according to OddsShark.com, but early results on Saturday could have a huge impact in the standings.
If the Jaguars beat the Titans earlier in the day, the Texans, because of a tiebreaker over the Colts, will clinch the AFC South. Even if the spot is locked, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien gets a good look at Tom Savage before he names a postseason starter. The Bengals have only surrendered three 300-yard passing performances this season, two of those coming in blowout wins.
The Texans are adding Savage, but subtracting Lamar Miller from Saturday’s offense. Miller was arguably the best free agent signing in the NFL last season, rushing for over 1,000 yards in his first season in Houston. Miller is dealing with an ankle injury, but is expected to return for next week’s season finale against Tennessee.
The Bengals have been hit hard by injuries on both sides of the ball, and Andy Dalton will continue to play without his top two weapons. Tyler Eifert continues to miss time, and A.J. Green still hasn’t been cleared to return from a hamstring injury.
Last week the Bengals could have risen to the occasion against the Steelers, but fell flat in the second half and lost. This game is huge for the Texans, and they’ll play better with Savage calling the shots.
Heavy’s Pick: Bengals 23 Texans 27. Texans -2. Over on the Point Total. (42)