Ultimate Texans » Struggling Texans bashed by national analysts, dubbed ‘elephants on parade’: "Texans fans aren’t the only ones puzzled by the team’s late-season swoon. Radio and TV analysts studying the Bengals-Texans playoff game Saturday also struggle to comprehend the elements of Houston’s fall from AFC favorite to repeat wild-card weekend host.
But here’s the unkindest cut of all: Even if the Texans can prevail Saturday at Reliant Stadium, most AFC playoff speculation already has moved on to anticipate a Peyton Manning-Tom Brady reunion in a Broncos-Patriots championship showdown for a spot in Super Bowl XLVII.
Still, even under that scenario, Brady and Manning need foils, and it is in that light that much of the chatter about Bengals-Texans unfolds.
“These are two of better defenses in the league,” said Mike Mayock, who will call the game on NBC with Dan Hicks. “I don’t think Houston will be able to score 31 points (as it did in last season’s wild-card game against the Bengals). It’s a game of two elite defenses against two kind of struggling offenses.”"
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