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The Texans are AFC South champions, and they’ll host a playoff game on Wild Card Weekend for the first time since 2012. This time it’ll be a Week One rematch, as the Chiefs take their 10-game winning streak into NRG Stadium.
The Chiefs have opened as a small favorite that’s getting smaller, according to RJ Bell. Jeff Sherman has the spread just as close, and has the total pegged for a low-scoring affair.
Brian Hoyer hasn’t been perfect, but he’s taken control of the Texans offense and led them to victories, Despite a 4-4 record as a starter, Hoyer’s thrown for multiple touchdowns in five of his eight starts this season.
In the first meeting between these teams, Hoyer threw an interception on the first pass of the game, giving Kansas City great field position and an eventual early lead. The Chiefs never looked back, winning the game 27-20. The interesting postscript is how both teams struggled after the game. Houston started 2-4 to start the season, and Kansas City started 1-5. Both teams righted the ship, and now they meet in an elimination game next week.
If the Texans are going to make a run in the playoffs, they’ll do so without their best lineman. Tackle Duane Brown was carted off the field during the team’s finale against the Jaguars, and will most likely miss the postseason. Brown is the longest tenured Texans of all-time, and was supported by the entire bench as was driven away.