The Saints weren’t exactly the easiest winners over the stingy Bears in Week 8, but winners are winners when you’re playing in a survivor pool.
We’ve spent the majority of this season avoiding the most obvious selections and going with some teams that are off the beaten path just a bit. This week, we’re not pulling any punches and simply going with the obvious choice.
The Texans are only 3-4, but they’re the best 3-4 team in the NFL at this point. They probably should have beaten both Seattle and New England on the road, and if they had done those two things, they’d probably be the biggest favorites of the entire season to date against the Colts in Week 9.
What Deshaun Watson has done at the start of his career is unbelievable. He hasn’t officially won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors yet, but the man is on a pace to throw 47 touchdown passes. So long as he stays upright for the next six or seven games, there will be no catching him.
With a competent quarterback under center for the first time in eons in Houston, both Will Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins are playing like the first-round picks they were in their respective NFL Drafts. Toss in Lamar Miller to this mix, and this cocktail is starting to get quite juicy in the Lone Star State.
The Texans made themselves immediately worse this week by trading Duane Brown to Seattle, but it’s not like Chris Clark hasn’t been an adequate left tackle for much of this season with Brown holding out for a new contract. It’s also not like the Colts have all that much of a pass rush.
For as bad as Houston has been defensively in big games this season, Jacoby Brissett has been running for his life behind a horrid offensive line. Jadeveon Clowney has to be licking his chops about what’s to come in this game. Don’t be shocked if he puts on a show for the ages.
But the most important factor here for the Texans is that they really have to win this one. They’re already a game behind both Jacksonville and Tennessee, and both teams are favored to win this week at home. If the chalk holds up, the last thing Houston can do is lose another home game to a divisional foe as was the case in Week 1 when the Jaguars came to NRG Stadium.
Indianapolis has been dreadful on the road this year, losing by 37 to the Rams, 26 to the Seahawks, 14 to the Titans and one to the Bengals in a game that should have been won. The Colts have lost five consecutive road games dating back to last season, and they’ve been beaten by the Texans three straight times after having never lost to them before that point.
We wouldn’t necessarily lay the two touchdowns with the Texans, but they shouldn’t have a problem beating the most hapless team in the AFC South.
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Past NFL Survivor Picks
Week 1: Steelers over Browns (W)
Week 2: Raiders over Jets (W)
Week 3: Packers over Bengals (W)
Week 4: Jaguars over Jets (L)
Week 5: Eagles over Cardinals (W)
Week 6: Falcons over Dolphins (L)
Week 7: Cowboys over 49ers (W)
Week 8: Saints over Bears (W)