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Houston Texans Have a Chance to Clinch AFC South Title Against Bucs

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The Houston Texans have the opportunity to clinch their second straight AFC South championship as well as a berth in the playoffs with a win in their pending match with the Buccaneers. They would also join the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs as the only NFL teams having four or more division titles since 2015. The match between the Texas and Tampa Bay teams takes place on Saturday, December 21, 2019.

According to report, the Houston Texans quarterback, Deshaun Watson, will return to play in Tampa for the first time since he led his Clemson Tigers team to victory there in 2016 over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national college championship game. This should set the stage for some good memories for the QB, which will hopefully translate on the field in Saturday’s game. In addition, Houston Texans wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, who presently leads the team with 99 receptions for a total of 1,142 yards (and seven touchdowns), only needs one catch to become one of only two on the team to have more than 11 receptions in consecutive seasons (joining Andre Johnson in that class). However, in a press report on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, it was revealed that Hopkins was out due to illness and wasn’t practicing with the team this week.

Houston Texans Have a Chance to Clinch AFC South Title Against Bucs

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In week 16 of the season, the Houston Texans are up against a strong team for the second week in a row, having come from a win against the Tennessee Titans just last week, at 24-21. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won their last four games in a row, which included two over former AFC South opponents. Their defense is also considered first in the league against the running game. That being said, the Texans may need some non-traditional ways to run the ball to earn a win. Likewise, with a prediction for rain in the forecast, ball handling will be at a premium for Houston, with the Bucs having sixth place in the league for takeaways, grabbing the ball 25 times this season.

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