Baltimore clinched the AFC title and are anxiously awaiting to learn who their team will face after their bye-week. It’s hard to say if either the Texans or the Bills will come up on top of the NFL Wildcard Round but I’ll make your decision easier.
Both the Bills and Texans lost their last regular season contest and rested many of their critical starters in their respective contests but are anticipating the return of many key players.
Texan fans are expecting JJ Watt to play in tomorrow’s matchup after CBSsports reported that he practiced in full in the upcoming days before the game. However, Will Fuller is still not anticipated to play due to his ongoing groin injury which will hurt the Texans offensively.
The Bills have four starters who are not expected to play in tomorrow’s matchup and who were limited participants during Thursday’s practice. Andre Roberts, Levi Wallace, Shaq Lawson, and Ty Nsekhe are questionable for Saturday’s game which will toll the Bills on both sides of the ball.
Despite both teams injuries, they both have 10-6 records after closing the regular season but the Texans have more impressive wins under their belt. The Texans defeated the Patriots after a close game which was unexpected by nearly everyone. However, the Bills lost to the Patriots. Twice.
With Frank Gore healthy for the Bills, we can expect him to dominate the field and be incredibly hard to stop. However, he’s not alone. Texan DeAndre Hopkins is a dominant receiver and Watson’s favorite target but with Tre’Davious White receptions won’t come easy.
Even if Hopkins is held to minimal receptions, which is very much a possibility considering he is coming off of illness and White is covering him, I believe the Texans will come up top. Hopkins was held to 5 receptions, 64 yards, and no touchdowns against the Patriots but Watson found other ways to come out with the win. Therefore, even if Hopkins is held to an unproductive game, I still believe the Texans will come up on top and face the Ravens in the second round of the playoffs.