Rooting Interests: AFC Playoffs

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Nov 18, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) makes a call at the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

 

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m trading in my orange-and-black stripes for a big blue Hoosier horseshoe this Sunday.

A win by the Indianapolis Colts over Houston would very likely drop the Texans to third place in the AFC, and then then set the stage for a Houston-Cincinnati matchup in the opening round of the playoffs the first weekend in January. As things stand now, the Texans and Denver hold first round byes, with the Bengals forced to travel to New England to try and pull off the upset.

And that, my friends, ain’t happening. The Patriots looked a bit sluggish last week against Jacksonville, which came on the heels of a loss to San Francisco. I don’t care about any of that. New England has (arguably) the best team in the AFC, (arguably) the best quarterback in the NFL, and (unarguably) the most postseason success of any team in the league over the past decade. The Patriots wrap up the season Sunday against 7-8 Miami, and are double digit favorites at home.

However, a win there for New England, coupled with an Indianapolis victory over Houston, would push the Patriots into the second seed in the AFC. That would make all the difference for the Bengals. Winning at Reliant Stadium would still be a tall task, but nothing like winning in Foxboro. The Texans looked awful in losing to the Vikings last week, and were crushed by the aforementioned Patriots 42-14 December 10. Prior to that Houston had to squeak out consecutive overtime victories against those noted powers Detroit and Jacksonville.

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