To kick off the NFL’s postseason slate, the Cincinnati Bengals will travel to Reliant Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the Houston Texans in a game featuring two teams headed in the opposite direction.
If not for Week 14's 20-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Bengals would be entering Saturday's contest on an eight-game winning streak and playing a home game with the Indianapolis Colts as the AFC North champions.
Instead, Cincinnati is the sixth seed and draws, quite possibly, a more favorable matchup in the Texans—who enter the playoffs losers of three of their final four games, falling out of the AFC's top spot they held for much of the season.
On paper, these two teams are quite comparable. However, the NFL has shown itself to be a league that thrives on momentum.
The NFL has also taught us that anything is possible.
Here are five bold predictions for Saturday's Bengals-Texans tilt.