In week 10 in the NFL, the Texans went on the road and impressed a lot of people, beating the Bears 13-6 on a wet, blustery night in Chicago. If they are to do it again and come closer to clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, they will have to face similar conditions once again, this time in Foxboro, Massachusetts, against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.
In two of the best prime-time matchups of the year, Mother Nature has not been and will not be kind. In week 10, both teams were 7-1. The Bears were one of the most dangerous teams, and most feared defenses, in the NFC. The Texans were the most balanced team in football. Instead of a brilliant display of athleticism, we got a slog through the rain and whipping winds at Soldier Field.
This week, the Texans face Tom Brady and the Patriots' high-powered offense -- the best offense in the NFL. The Texans are right on their heels offensively and remain the most balanced team in the league. The Texans are 11-1 and the Patriots are 9-3, both battling for home-field advantage in the AFC. The Texans have the inside track, win or lose, but a win would virtually guarantee they play every playoff game in the friendly confines of Reliant Stadium.
Unfortunately, the weather will probably keep this from being an aerial display, which is probably to the Texans' advantage. The weather is forecast to be cold -- in the 40s -- with a 70 percent chance of rain after a full day of rain beforehand. This has all the makings of another wet, ugly game.
The wind should not be quite as much of a factor as in Chicago, but the rain could be coming down in buckets, though there is a chance it will begin to let up as the game progresses -- I wouldn't call it a good chance, however.
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The only numbers that matter in this case are the ones on the scoreboard when the game is over. If the Texans win that battle, no one will care about the 40-degree weather or 90 percent chance of rain.