The Texans took the field against Tennessee on Sunday with full knowledge that their playoff seed wouldn't budge, win or lose. Numerous key players never saw action but those who did provided some highlights and kept the Titans on edge into the fourth quarter.
The page will turn quickly after this one but we'll remember A.J. McCarron's fast start and Deandre Carter, Duke Johnson and Jordan Akins providing a big lift in the receiving game. Taiwan Jones also gave a spark, rushing for 40 yards on nine carries, a week before his former team invades NRG Stadium.
The playoffs are here and the Buffalo Bills are on the way. They won 10 games this season and have one of the league's top defenses. We all saw up close how tough they were last year and they're better this year.
Josh Allen, in his second season, is more polished and still likes to do damage with his running ability. This, combined with backs Devin Singletary and Frank Gore, who's been in the league three fewer years than the Texans franchise, gives them a potent rushing attack. And, oh yeah, they have a 1,000-yard receiver in John Brown.
Like the Texans, the Bills knew their playoff fate heading into Week 17, so some key players didn't see action.
It's going to be a big week of preparation and it's an honor to be a part of it. There are 20 teams in the NFL would love to be playing in January, so it's not something to be taken lightly by the fans.
Sunday's result means that the AFC South has two teams in the postseason for the third-consecutive year. And the Texans and Titans have made it in two of the three seasons. Don't let anyone tell you this isn't one of the best divisions in the NFL. It's a fact.
But the Bills might remind you that they now have been to the playoffs in two of the last three years. Two seasons ago they lost to Jacksonville on the road. This team is more explosive and will provide a big test next weekend.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, the postseason. And the Texans are in it for the fourth time in five years. It's crucial that they hunker down and get prepped well for one of the league's best young teams, for a chance to advance.
Houston Texans take on the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium for Week 17 of the 2019 NFL season.