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December 23, 2018

Live updates/open thread recap: Eagles 32, Texans 30

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After a huge upset win over the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles' playoff hopes were renewed, as they still have a shot at getting in if they take care of business against the Houston Texans on Sunday, and the Washington Redskins Week 17.

As we noted in our five matchups to watch, the Eagles' greatest strength, their defensive line, should create problems for the Texans' biggest weakness, their defensive line.

Carson Wentz aside, the Eagles' biggest injury issues this season have occurred in their secondary, where they will be without four of their top five defensive backs, in Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Rodney McLeod, and Sidney Jones. The Birds should have their hands full with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Here are the Eagles' and Texans' inactives, with analysis.

The Eagles are currently 2.5-point favorites. Here's who PhillyVoice's staff is picking, as well as other writers from around the country.

In case you missed our non-Eagles rooting guide, in addition to winning their last two games, the Eagles need help from around the league to get into the playoffs. Most notably, you should be rooting against the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks. Here are the rest of the games around the league. 

Early games:

  1. Bengals at Browns
  2. Buccaneers at Cowboys
  3. Vikings at Lions
  4. Giants at Colts
  5. Jaguars at Dolphins
  6. Bills at Patriots
  7. Packers at Jets
  8. Falcons at Panthers

Later games:

  1. Rams at Cardinals
  2. Bears at 49ers
  3. Steelers at Saints

Sunday Night Football:

  1. Chiefs at Seahawks

Monday Night Football

  1. Broncos at Raiders

Feel free to discuss the game below.