In the ongoing NFL season, the Houston Texans, led by their first-year head coach DeMeco Ryans and rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud, have emerged as one of the most unexpectedly successful teams.
As we approach Week 13, the Texans boast a 6-5 record, securing the 8th seed in the AFC playoff standings with victories in four of their last six games. This sets the stage for a significant Sunday clash against the high-performing Denver Broncos, who have triumphed in their last five consecutive matches.
Adding to the Texans’ optimism for the upcoming game is the expected participation of rookie wide receiver Tank Dell, as communicated by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Twitter. Dell, with notable statistics of 47 catches, 709 yards, and seven touchdowns in 10 games, has been instrumental in Houston’s unexpected achievements this season. Over his recent four appearances, the rookie receiver has scored five times, showcasing a rapid and effective connection with quarterback C.J. Stroud.
#Texans WR Tank Dell, listed as questionable with a calf injury, is expected to go today, source said. Coach DeMeco Ryans was confident all week he would.
In addition, WR Noah Brown, who hasn't played since early November because of a knee issue, is also expected to go.
This Sunday, Houston, along with their dynamic rookie duo, will host the Broncos and quarterback Russell Wilson at their home stadium. Denver, rebounding from a challenging 1-5 start to the 2023 season, now holds a 6-5 record, securing the 9th seed in the AFC.
With both teams poised on the edge of playoff contention, the significance of Sunday’s matchup in Houston cannot be overstated. A victory not only elevates the winning team in the playoff standings but also establishes a crucial head-to-head tiebreaker in the event both teams conclude the 2023 season with identical records.