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NFL Picks Week 5: Houston Texans and 3 Teams That Will Win Ugly Games

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 02: Tight end Owen Daniels #81 of the Houston Texans celebrates his touchdown against  the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 2, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.Texans won 17 to 10. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2011

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis said it best when he said "Just win baby!" Maybe his reasons for saying that were a little different than mine, but it holds true.

It doesn't matter how you win in the NFL so long as you win. No one is judging the wins on style.

That's good for the following three teams. These teams will win ugly games this week.


Houston Texans

Finesse teams with explosive offenses like the Texans don't often win ugly, but they will this week against the Oakland Raiders.

They will be without Andre Johnson and that means that they will be turning to the running game for more production. That's fine since they have Arian Foster back there, but it will make for a much more physical game.

The Raiders defense is also underrated. Without Nnamdi Asomugha, their secondary is a mess, but their front seven is still solid and they like to get physical. I don't know that the Raiders are good enough to give the Texans a big challenge, but they will at least be able to get the Texans to play their style of football.


Cincinnati Bengals

With an offense that is built around a rookie quarterback and a defense that has been better than advertised, the Bengals are the poster child for winning ugly games.

Their opponent in this game, the Jaguars, plays ugly games as well, but that's largely because they haven't been any good this season.

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 3:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bobbles a snap from center against the Indianapolis Colts October 3, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Expect the Bengals defense to bottle up the Jaguars offense, led by Maurice Jones-Drew, on the way to getting a win.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are playing well this season, but for many, they still need to do more to prove they are real contenders in the NFC South. The 49ers, their opponent this week, are one of the biggest surprises this season.

Both teams play a brand of football that is not particularly aesthetically pleasing. Both prefer to get their points on the ground.

The Buccaneers will end up getting a win this week in a physical game that will come down to which defense forces the quarterback to make mistakes, taking potential points off the board.

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