It has a chance to be a very Merry Christmas for the Watt Brothers on Tuesday.
After all three brothers saw their teams win pivotal week 15 games last week, J.J. Watt’s Houston Texans and T.J. Watt’s Pittsburgh Steelers could join Derek Watt’s Los Angeles Chargers in the upcoming NFL postseason if the chips fall correctly.
Even though they currently occupy the No.2 seed in the AFC, the Texans (10-4) still haven’t firmed up their spot in the six-team field. That could change Sunday, needing only a win at defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Sunday afternoon to lock in their spot. The Texans could get more bounty, as a win and losses by the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts would clinch them the AFC South. Those results and a loss by the New England Patriots would clinch Houston a first-round bye.
Headed to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time, JJ was huge for Houston in its win over the New York Jets two Saturdays ago, finishing with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
After a home win over the Patriots halted their three-game losing streak, the Steelers (8-5-1) can clinch the AFC North division with a win at New Orleans Sunday and a loss by the Baltimore Ravens, who play Derek Watt’s Chargers Saturday. Pittsburgh can clinch a playoff spot with a win and losses by Indianapolis and Tennessee.
The only team in a holding pattern are the Chargers (11-3), who need to win out and get some help to win the AFC West, get a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. If Kansas City (11-3) wins its final two games, the Chiefs would be the No.1 seed throughout the playoffs and a potentially 13-3 Chargers would be the No.5 seed in the playoffs.
The Chargers should get a boost with former Kenosha Bradford and Wisconsin tailback Melvin Gordon back from injury after missing three games. Gordon was selected to his second Pro Bowl this week.
If the season ended today, T.J.’s Steelers would host Derek’s Chargers in the wild-card round.
J.J. played in the playoffs in 2011, 2012 and 2015, and T.J. played in the playoffs last year as a rookie. Derek has never been to the playoffs with the Chargers, which last made the trip in 2013.