Cincinnati Bengals (5-8-1) at Houston Texans (8-6), Saturday Dec. 24, 8:30 PM ET
Line: Texans -2.5
This is a weird week for the NFL, thanks to the holidays. The NFL may run roughshod over most things, but apparently not over Christmas. Sunday is Christmas, so most NFL games are taking place on Christmas Eve, which is a Saturday. So for the second week in a row, we have Saturday Night Football on NFL Network. Alas, we must have been naughty, because this is a pretty mediocre game.
The Bengals aren’t going to the playoffs, and they won’t have a winning record. Houston is vying for the AFC South, despite the small stumbling block that they are a terrible team. They rank 30th in DVOA, and they had to come from behind to beat the Jaguars, who were so disappointed in their loss that they fired their head coach. The Texans have even benched Brock Osweiler for Tom Savage. This is not a team that should be making the playoffs. For the purposes of all our sanity and happiness, we kind of need to root for the Bengals to win, to keep Houston out of the playoffs. The Texans may be 6-1 at home, but how can you pick a team that will probably be starting Savage under center?
Prediction: Bengals 24, Texans 13