Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/12/13
The buildup for the AFC Divisional round matchup between the No. 2 seed New England Patriots and visiting Houston Texans sounds a lot like that of late 1980’s Mike Tyson fight.Of the four playoff games on tap this weekend, the Texans are being given the least chance of pulling off the upset.  There is very good reason for this, starting with the 42-12 shellacking they were subjected to in their Week 14 meeting with the Patriots. Houston entered the Monday Night meeting as the AFC’s No. 1 seed, having lost just once thus far. This beating triggered a slide that saw them limp to the finish line in the regular season, losing three of their last four games and falling to the 3rd seed, thus forfeiting the much coveted bye week. In those three losses, Houston was outscored 93-36, and quickly became the popular pick to be the team expected to bow out early in the playoffs. Thanks to Cincinnati’s unexpectedly horrid showing in last week’s first round game in Houston, the Texans were able to...
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