Santa might get a late start this year in order to catch Saturday’s game between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals. While the old guy won’t say who he’s rooting for, his workshop always stops to watch the Christmas game every year.

Houston is favored to win, as they’re playing at home. The Bengals are out of the running for their conference championship, so they might not play their hearts out against the Texans. Meanwhile, the Texans are on a roll: not only are they first place in the AFC South, but their win last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars potentially cost the Jaguar’s head coach, Gus Bradley, his job.

While it sounds like long odds for the underdogs, the Bengals could pull off a Christmas miracle. The Texans benched their star quarterback, Brock Osweiler, during their win over Jacksonville last week. Osweiler, who’s contract is worth $72 million, threw two interceptions during the first half and was replaced with QB Tom Savage. Texan head coach Bill O’Brien has decided to stick with Savage this Saturday, even though Savage has never thrown a touchdown pass.

Even though the Bengals are out of the running, an upset win against the Texans could throw Houston off the top of the AFC South heap. That would make for a very unhappy Christmas Morning in Texas.

Tune in to NFLN on Ch. 212 Saturday, December 24 to see which team wins, and which team winds up with lumps of coal in their lockers.