Despite opening the season with a 1-4 run, the Houston Texans (7-7) are in the driver’s seat in the AFC South, and can punch their ticket into the playoffs with a win over the Tennessee Titans (3-11) on Sunday.
The Texans took down the rival Indianapolis Colts in their last game, weathering a storm of bad luck at the quarterback position to pull out the 16-10 lead. They were benefited by some quarterback issues for Indianapolis as well, but they’re only focused on their own issues heading into Week 16 against the Titans.
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Only the Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stand in the Panthers’ way on their quest to finish the regular season with a perfect record. Head coach Ron Rivera has said that he would not rest Carolina’s starters as long as the games matter, and with the opportunity to secure the top seed in the NFC and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs on the line, Week 16’s contest certainly meets that standard.
The Vikings are on the opposite end of that spectrum, ranking eighth in the league in points allowed (19.4) and 13th in the league in total defense.
Veteran running back Adrian Peterson has spearheaded the Minnesota offense. Peterson has had a real return to form and comes into the week leading the league in rushing with 1,314 yards on the season. He’ll be going up against a Giants defense that ranks 21st in the league in rushing yards allowed per game. Peterson also has nine touchdowns on the year, and leads the league’s fifth-most productive rushing offense.
The game plan for the Vikings will be to run it early and often, though if they secure an early lead they will likely try to give Peterson a rest before next week’s showdown with the Packers.