Texans take 'Bush Bowl'

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

It's hard to believe one of the biggest draws in the final week of the NFL calendar is between two teams that have a combined five victories this season.

But this is the case as the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers square off in the 'Bush Bowl' Sunday.

With Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush likely leaving school and heading into the draft, the Texans appear to be the frontrunners to land the No. 1 pick if they lose Sunday. On the flipside, a win means the 49ers, plus the Packers, Saints and Jets, might all have a shot at drafting the talented running back.

As always, it should be interesting.

Houston -1/2 at San Francisco: Texans 16 49ers 6.

Denver +9 1/2 at San Diego: Neither team really has anything to play for but the Chargers will likely want to spoil Kansas City's playoff party. Chargers 31 Broncos 17.

N.Y. Giants -8 1/2 at Oakland: Home-field advantage is everything in the NFL, so the Giants are gunning for the win so they can clinch the NFC East. Giants 27 Raiders 15.

Buffalo -1 1/2 at N.Y. Jets: When Kelly Holcomb takes the majority of the snaps, the Bills have a chance. So, expect Holcomb to be the man in the pocket against the Jets, who just want to put this season behind them. Bills 20 Jets 7.

UPSET OF THE WEEK:

Carolina -3 1/2 at Atlanta: Carolina hasn't made things easy on themselves by losing to Dallas last weekend, however, they're still in the driver's seat. Although, a bitter OT loss last weekend that pushed the Falcons from the playoff picture is reason enough to play spoiler Sunday. Falcons 28 Panthers 24.

Detroit +14 1/2 at Pittsburgh: The Steelers couldn't have it any easier to earn a wild-card berth. As long as Pittsburgh doesn't look past the lowly Lions, this one's in the bag. Steelers 31 Lions 10.

Arizona +6 1/2 at Indianapolis: Tragedy and non-starters aside, the Colts are still going to win this one and move ahead. Colts 24 Cardinals 13.

Seattle +2 1/2 at Green Bay: Hands up if you thought Seattle would be tied for the best record in the NFL going into the final week of the regular season -- I didn't think so. The Seahawks should end on a winning note anyway as coach Mike Holmgren will allow Shaun Alexander to get his record-setting 28th major. Seahawks 26 Packers 15.

Miami +5 1/2 at New England: The Pats are playing great ball right now and Tom Brady is arguably having his best regular season ever but the red hot Dolphins will get their fifth straight win because the Patriots will most likely limit their starters' playing time. Dolphins 30 Patriots 21.

Cincinnati +7 1/2 at Kansas City: The Chiefs have made it interesting trying to keep their playoff hopes alive but even with a win against the Bengals, which is very likely, they'll have too many other teams to rely on to get the wild card. Chiefs 34 Bengals 28.

Baltimore -3 1/2 at Cleveland: The Ravens have been playing some really good ball lately and this weekend should be no different as they face the struggling Browns. Ravens 24 Browns 13.

New Orleans +10 1/2 at Tampa Bay: The Bucs can thank the schedulemakers for this one. Tampa Bay, who have battled adversity all season long, get a gift Sunday as they will clinch the division title against the Saints. Buccaneers 33 Saints 20.

Tennessee +3 1/2 at Jacksonville: Byron Leftwich has started practicing again and should be ready to go this weekend. However, the Jags, who can't improve their standing either way for the playoffs, will rest Leftwich and keep going with David Garrard. Jaguars 17 Titans 10.

Chicago +3 1/2 at Minnesota: Rex Grossman will get some snaps just to keep his comeback on track but after that he'll be on the bench with the rest of the Bears starters. Vikings 23 Bears 17.

Washington -6 1/2 at Philadelphia: Three weeks ago, the 'Skins were faced with the task of winning out against some good football teams -- well they're going to do it. Redskins 28 Eagles 20.

St. Louis +11 1/2 at Dallas: Dallas has continued to surprise all season but this game should come as no shock at all. Cowboys 24 Rams 17.

How I did: It was a good Christmas for me as I was 10-6 against the spread, which now brings my total to 81-80. Straight up I was also 10-6 (108-53).


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