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The Houston Texans are 1-6-1 and closing in on the top pick in the NFL draft, while the New York Giants have emerged as a surprise contender at 6-2. Kickoff for today’s showdown between the Texans and Giants is scheduled for noon at MetLife Stadium. Chron’s Josh Criswell will provide updates and commentary throughout the game.

Houston struggling early | 1Q

It’s not looking good for the Texans early in this one. Through two drives, they have negative-seven yards on six plays. The Giants, meanwhile, have the ball back up 7-0 after a 10-play, 73-yard touchdown drive on their first possession.

Texans look to strike first | 1Q

The Giants won toss and deferred to the second half. Quarterback Davis Mills and the Texans will start the opening drive from the New York 38-yard line.

Texans look to end woes vs. Giants

The Houston Texans will attempt to pick up their first win over the New York Giants since 2002 on Sunday. The Texans took the first meeting between the teams, but New York has won the past four.

Given the way the Houston Texans’ season has unfolded, it’s only natural for fans to look ahead to the 2023 NFL draft. Some popular trends have emerged in recent mock drafts regarding who Houston could take with its two first-round picks. Read more >>

How to watch and listen

CBS will carry the television broadcast for Sunday’s matchup between the Texans and Giants. The game can be heard on SportsRadio 610 and 100.3 FM in the Houston area.

Betting odds

Despite a fairly significant gap in 2022 results, the Texans enter Sunday’s game at just five-point (-110) underdogs on DraftKings. They are listed at +185 (i.e., a $100 bet on Houston to win outright would net $185 in winnings) on the money line. The Giants are -215 on the money line, with the over-under set at 41 1/2 points.

Recent results

The Giants made an unexpected run into the playoff picture with a four-game winning streak, but that was snapped with an underwhelming finish against the Seattle Seahawks two weeks back, as they gave up 14 unanswered points after tying the game early in the fourth quarter. After a week off, they have a perfect bounce-back opportunity against the lowly Texans.

Houston has lost three straight games since picking up its first win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 9, but there were some promising moments in a 29-17 Thursday night loss to the league-leading Philadelphia Eagles. One of these bright spots was the play of rookie running back Dameon Pierce, who erupted for 139 yards on 27 carries, breaking a run of at least 20 yards for the fifth time in the last six games.