After winning the AFC South with an 11-5 record, the Houston Texans will see a familiar face when they open up the playoffs this afternoon at NRG Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts and Andrew Luck split their regular season matchups against the Texans this season. Coach Bill O’Brien says being familiar with a team doesn’t make the game any easier to win.
“It’s always challenging to play a team three times,” O’Brien stated.
J.J. Watt has been a limited participant in the first two practices with elbow and knee issues, but should play. Watt remembers the first time this franchise made the playoffs, after the 2011 season. He says this time around, there’s a different feel to it.
“I don’t really know how to describe it, but it’s just different,” Watt said.
Playing in big games is nothing new for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. He played in big games when he starred at Clemson. But he says you can’t compare that to the NFL.
“This is the hardest business. It’s top notch. It’s a whole new season; whole new speed of game,” Watson explained.
Kickoff at NRG Stadium is set for 3:35pm.