Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans – NFL Week 9 Game Preview

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The Philadelphia Eagles are set to travel to NRG Stadium to take on the Houston Texans in a week nine matchup. The Eagles are coming into the game as the only remaining team in the NFL with a perfect record. They currently sit at 7-0 and despite this historic start, they still do not have a large lead in their division. While they hold the first-place spot, the New York Giants are still hot on their tails making this a must-win game for the Eagles. The Houston Texans enter the contest with a 1-5-1 record and sit in last place in the AFC South. Coming into the season, the consensus believed that the Texans would be one of the worst teams in football, and thus far they have proven everyone right. They are in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it is crucial for the Eagles that they do not lose their perfect season in a trap game like this one. 

Philadelphia Eagles Look to Avoid Trap Game and Continue Their Perfect Season

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off of a dominant performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. In this game, wide receiver A.J. Brown led the charge with three first half touchdowns. Brown finished the game with an astounding six catches for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 35-13 win over the Steelers. He will be looking to do the same thing this week against a shaky Houston Texans defense. 

On the defensive side of the ball, Philadelphia should have no trouble keeping up their recent run of dominance. Even against some of the top offenses in the league this year, the Philadelphia defense has not wavered and has put together a very impressive first half of the year. 

After the trade deadline, the Eagles are beginning to look like the NFL’s version of the Avengers. They are incredibly talented at almost every position on the field. It is clear that this is a Super Bowl-caliber team and as long as they show up to play on Sunday, they should come out of this game with another cakewalk of a victory. 

Houston Texans Hope to Pull Off What Could Be the Upset of the Year

On the flip side, this is an almost unwinnable game for the Texans. They are up against one of if not the most talented teams in the league. Houston has struggled to get anything positive going this season on either side of the ball and it is clear that they have a couple more years of rebuilding before they are ready to once again contend for a playoff spot. However, if they are able to come out of the gates hot and catch the Eagles sleeping, they may be able to pull off what would be the biggest upset of the season. If they were to pull this off, they would have to play an almost perfect four-quarters of football which is something they have not proven they are capable of yet this year.