Peter King at Sports Illustrated likes the Falcons to win the game.
Atlanta Falcons (7-4) at Houston Texans (8-3)
Sorry. I know it'd be a fabulous story, T.J. Yates beating his hometown team and rescuing the Texans in their time of great quarterback need. But the Falcons and Texans with their normal starting quarterbacks are very nearly a wash, and Matt Ryan and T.J. Yates, well, that's not a wash.
Everyone at ESPN picked the Falcons to win, not having much faith in T.J. Yates.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports likes the Texans and the rookie quarterback to pull off the upset:
Atlanta at Houston: Although it'd be easy to write off the Texans with their messy quarterback situation and a schedule that includes matchups with the Falcons and Bengals in the next two weeks, I can't. Why not? I never thought I'd say this with a Gary Kubiak-coached team, but their defense is simply too good. Wade Phillips' unit is downright ferocious. Rookie Brooks Reed - a guy I ranted and raved about during draft time and before the season - is making his claim for the All-Rookie team with sacks in five straight games and second-year linebacker Conor Barwin recorded four sacks in last week's win over Jacksonville. This defense and that home crowd are going to keep Houston in these next two games. Hell, I'm feeling good. Give me the T.J. Yates-led Texans over the Falcons in an upset on Sunday. When you're hot, you're hot. Houston's hot.
The Pick: Texans 21, Falcons 17