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"Steve to overcome. And I mean it failed out in this. It's worth mentioning that. Texans Deshaun Watson. Were flat out embarrassed in west of this a year ago I mean it was one of the worst performances. Maybe the worst of the Schon Watson's career. It was in many statistical the colder the colts put it to them in a game and that was not a result that we expected going into it that it was going to be that one sided at the time we said. Well imagine if the Shawn Watson Had good pass protection. What would that look like? And now he's got it. I mean they by any measure. They've had one of the best pass protecting lines in the league. They're pretty good run blocking and and when I look at the bills. They're very sound defensively. They're fine they're just the defense I mean. They just gave up the best game to Tom Brady that he's had in about ten weeks. They're fine I mean they're not going to shut down a guy who is making the right reads and his patient and I think this on Watson can do that because he has that protects and they I do not have much of a pass rush their sound enough that they can send some blitzes and still hold up at the back end but in terms of Shack Lawson and Trent Murphy Jerry Hughes. It's like they're fine. It's a fine defense. One of my. If if west of us is my favorite tradition at playoff time. It's the festival of lights. It is my second favorite tradition. Is Greg picking the wrong team in west of his time. Misreading the situation completely wrong about this every year where the more I dig in the Moratti not research. The more I watch games. It becomes so clear that one team is better than the other. The bills are better than are you gonNa are you gonNA. Yeah I'm locking at all. Appeals are better than the Texans I and what we have with the Willfuller thing I love it. I broke down the stats and Shawn Watson statistically as Patrick Mahomes With Willfuller on the field running a chiefs or saints caliber offense. You Take Willfuller off the field case. keenum numbers wise running a Colt Colts lions or giants caliber of offense. It's that drastic of a difference with these two teams. I just think the bills you take a look at a guy like Devon Single Terry Harry. You can be searched the bills off. I think it's foolish to forget about. What Josh Allen does in short yards conversion in fourth quarters when he came out athlete? Defense if you don't give him credit for that you're you're doing a disservice to your analysis. Devon Single Terry led the NFL and yours per carry. He's the best outside runner in the NFL. The Texans these are the worst outside run defense in the NFL since Jj Watt went down. Almost every single little match up in this game goes to the bills I did think if you just Kinda watch their teams. The bills awesome have been better over the second half of the season. Most of the good memories we have of the Texans. A lot of those good numbers are from the first. Half of the season is worse than the Dolphin. Even wins wins. The colts win like some of their bigger winds down the stretch. You didn't watch that and feel like they were at full flight. I'm not someone that puts a ton on momentum. I just kind of look at like Dan that the two ceilings. I feel like it's a coin flip. It does make a big difference to me where the game is. I think Houston is a is a pretty good home crowd when when they get going in. And I wouldn't trust this team Texans in buffalo and I give them a much better chance. I just to me the bills. Don't feel like because they're on the road owed they're going to change. I get it. I get concerned if I were buffalo. If you get the hot version of Shawn Watson for whatever reason and I hear you I think it's not a a good matchup for them especially without fuller but they up fourteen. Nothing then. Suddenly you have to have Josh Allen testing the field because what I feel like I see every game from him or two or three if not four or five five ridiculous overthrows are way off target passes and what is who is the guy that's going to create electricity pill and pull buffalo back if they get into a whole. That's your one an issue with Buffalo. Don't have that offense. I will say this. I agree with that. You're saying even you could point to the Texans big win of less six weeks which was going into Nashville and winning is not some dominant effort but show me the the bills win that. They've had the season in a huge spot. That was bigger than what the Texans did going into Nashville and stopping shopping. Titans play team playing as well as anyone in the league. Their ten themes for reasons that right after the broncos blew the doors off. Well you know I mean. I just know he'd been are inconsistent. And I acknowledge you pick a loss in a stretch of five games where they want four though and I mean they were they were outplayed by the buccaneers. They they got they they got blown out in Baltimore in. At least I agree there. An imperfect team Shawn Watson is fantastic and you see you can do all the analysis you want and he can make you look really foolish. Because he's great can these teams being the AFC championship game and a couple of weeks. Now I don't think so goes off the cliff on a bus. Losing to Shawn Gibson is a big deal to the Texans lost their starting safety their deep safety a week ago. I like that secondary so undisciplined. It gave up tons of big plays. And you don't see the Bill Secondary. Are you doing anything like it. Means a lot though. Even though I don't think either of these teams are going anywhere is worth looking at what. This game means the both franchises pretty massive Kabila. Brian pushed his chips in the table in the middle of the table for this year. I mean he made those trades and they've worked out Laremy Tunsil was a great trade and that will help the team for for years to come But this is an important game for bill. O'Brien after everything. He's done to consolidate power if you lose twice in a row to pretty mediocre teams at home in the playoffs it. I'm not saying he's defined important. It doesn't put his job in June. No no I'm not saying that I just mean they need. They need to show some evidence of of the they're part of the AFC power structure. Here it would be very argue that from compared to last year there are no farther ahead on that journey for me of viewing them as an AFC well goes go smack down the bills get too the division around and see what happens and then you can get there the bills on the other and I mean one of the last time they won a playoff game. It's been twenty years. I mean this is. This would be a massive motivate eight for the bills and their fan base. It's a couple years ago. It was like we're happy to be here this year. It's like go go in a game. This is a very winnable. beat the Texans and fourteen years and a lot of that stuff just nonsense sense. 'cause it's different names but I hope. J. Watt stays healthy by the way he came back. This it'll be sixty nine Santa big moment on west of this before probably another tenants also returned. This'll be as third return for major injury and it's taken them three games each time to get a sack after his. Return your engine not to mention. He's beating the typical time Timetable but by not days not weeks but like a month or two and I would be you know obviously concerned. You don't want him to see them get hurt again. How long does this return last? Is he pushing. It seems. It's like an injury that would be very easy to aggravate but you know he's got happy for him that he's plane. I mean that's cool. How many chances you get to play a playoff that sixty nine days from back from Sunday he tweeted my season's over and Life is terrible and now here he is playing on. Say before we get to the PATS. Let's pick the game formerly with the score mark pills. twenty-three Texans twenty two locking it up. No touch I know. You have way where you're going to lock. Tuck it up before we kind of get pushed into that really going to different bills. It'll be pushes west into anything bills. Twenty four Texans Thirteen. I like it I got. I said as a field goal game. It's a field goal game. Texans twenty to seventeen at the gun. I think it'd be a lot of scoring twenty eight twenty four Texans. I don't feel strong about this one at all. Feeling this coin flip okay. Let us now move to the Saturday night game in. This is the one that Greg is terrified. I don't even have to ask Greg. What has peace scale L. is it's high? It is through the roof and hill and he'll do the whole shtick like well. Why I couldn't ask for anything more after all these years and and it doesn't matter it matters it doesn't matter it matters? They'RE AFC east champions. I'm writing off of that user. Were Stung by what happened on Sunday against the dolphins as was all a Patriot nation. And now you find yourself vulnerable. It seems at home against the titans team that nobody wanted to draw in the first first round because few teams in the NFL or playing as well as the Tennessee. Titans right now so this is a great game. It's in Primetime Gray. has a birthday party earlier in the day day. You know what I messed up the weeks there. It's act that's next week. I oh that's good. I'm all day you just get to sit and stew in it and realize this. Is this the end after through this run. That's taken up. My entire adult. Life is at all over ten night right greg as a birthday party in the morning and a funeral in evening Saturday night dead got some Nice tweets for people like you really handle that dance being really hard. You know. It's not personal. We have again not personal. Mike Giardi. Who is personal? And it's coming back the next time the the jets blow week seventeen game and you're gonNa cry and then you come up to the studio Arken if you're telling me it's like Oh Patrick Law Kathy with the show today if you if if there's a scenario where the jets are playing something it'll be seventeen. I'll take it. I'll take that pain all right Mike. Dr Is on the line. Mike does awesome work. That doesn't usually do voice work. I really expect you shoot at Greg is GonNa shoot right back Mike Giardi. NFL Network does awesome stuff and he's joining joining us for the first time on the around the NFL podcast. What's up Mike? I feel like Greg a hug. I'm good a- It doesn't like human touch hearing your voice. Mike is is like a warm hug. From an Foxborough area. Mike you ours plugged in. Is Anybody into Patriot. Hatred nation. Right now what is the vibe right now around this team. Do you sense. Nerves in it around the Patriot way a or is this team really buying into the revenge tour. Everybody's against us so we have nothing to lose. Where where what are."