Joel Blank: Role players will be X-factor for Rockets in postseason

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Joel Blank: Role players will be X-factor for Rockets in postseason
Watch for players like Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, and Gerald Green to continue to make a big impact for Houston. Courtesy photo

The difference for the Rockets down the stretch will come from the depth of their roster. The Warriors may have an All-Star starting lineup, but that came at the expense of their bench. Expect to see more big contributions from players not named James Harden and Chris Paul as the playoffs approach.

If you want an in-depth look on the Rockets' roster depth, check out Joel Blank's article on SportsMap.

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How good will the Texans be this season? Composite Getty Image.

Shannon Sharpe and Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson recently reacted to Bleacher Report's offensive power rankings, which have the Dallas Cowboys (9th) ranked ahead of the Houston Texans (12th).

Both Sharpe and Johnson believe Houston should be ranked ahead of Dallas, especially after the additions of Stefon Diggs and Joe Mixon. Outside of superstar receiver CD Lamb, the Cowboys don't have any playmakers on the level of Diggs, Nico Collins, and Tank Dell.

In fact, Sharpe goes as far as to rank the Texans in the Top 10 above the Bengals and Bills.

Which we completely agree with. We have the Texans firmly inside the Top 10 and maybe as high as seventh overall.

That covers the offense, but here's the real question:

How many games will the Texans win?

The Texans win total is out, and Vegas has the team's over/under set at 9.5. We think that sounds about right with a very tough schedule on the horizon.

But NFL Network's Maurice Jones-Drew has the Texans going 8-9, with them losing 5 straight games to finish the season!

Don't miss the video above as we react to Sharpe and Johnson's thoughts on the Texans offense, Jones-Drew's win prediction for Houston, and the latest updated odds out of Vegas.

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