Winners and losers from NFL Week 13

9Winner: Texans angling for first-round bye after dominant win

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The Houston Texans are on fire.

Sunday’s blowout win over the previously red-hot Cleveland Browns highlighted the two reasons why the Texans are so dangerous right now. And why they’re legitimately in play for a first-round bye.

First, Lamar Miller has become an integral player and is running perhaps better now than he has at any point in his career. He went for 103 yards on the ground Sunday, his second 100-plus-yard game in a row and the third in his last five games.

Secondly, Houston’s defense is a buzz saw. It forced four turnovers Sunday and has seven takeaways in its last three games, along with two defensive touchdowns.

The Texans are peaking. And it’s hard to know if they’re even close to hitting the high-water mark during this nine-game win streak.

 

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.