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Texans can clinch a playoff spot this week

Arian Foster AP

Every week in December, the NFL distributes a master list of all the weekly playoff scenarios, detailing what has to happen for each team in the playoff race to clinch a spot in the postseason. But this year, the Texans are so far ahead of the pack in the AFC that the NFL has distributed the playoff scenarios in November.

The NFL confirmed today that the Texans could clinch a playoff berth if they beat the Lions on Thursday and enough other AFC playoff contenders lose this week. If the Texans beat the Lions, the Texans need one of these two combinations of losses or ties:

1) Titans loss or tie + Dolphins loss or tie + Jets loss or tie + Bengals loss + Chargers loss or tie OR

2) Titans loss or tie + Dolphins loss or tie + Jets loss or tie + Bengals loss or tie + Steelers loss.

In other words, assuming no ties, the Texans need to win, and they need the Dolphins, Jets and Bengals all to lose, and then they need either the Chargers or the Steelers to lose. That probably won’t happen, but it says something about the Texans (and says even more about the rest of the AFC) that we’re already talking about it, and it’s only November 20.

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13 Responses to “Texans can clinch a playoff spot this week”
  1. blacknole08 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:35 PM

    Texans probably win Thursday, but the Bengals will delay the Texans celebration for at least another week.

    All those other teams could legitimately lose this weekend.

  2. dvdman123 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:39 PM

    I just don’t see the Texans in the Super Bowl this season. You don’t barely win in OT to the worst team in football at home and just say it’s a bump on the road we’ll be fine.

  3. blacknole08 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:40 PM

    But it says something about the Texans (and says even more about the rest of the AFC) that we’re already talking about it, and it’s only November 20.

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    2 more things:

    1. Texans play in the easiest division this season

    2. It’s not inconceivable that they could clinch a spot this weekend. GB clinched a spot after beating the Lions on Thanksgiving last year.

  4. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 20, 2012 2:41 PM

    how poorly their D played last sunday, the playoffs should be the last things on their minds, letting the jags score 37 points on them…..disgrace!!!

  5. weepingjebus says: Nov 20, 2012 2:44 PM

    The Mayans were right.

  6. kramerbarthomer says: Nov 20, 2012 3:09 PM

    dvdman123 says:
    Nov 20, 2012 2:39 PM
    I just don’t see the Texans in the Super Bowl this season. You don’t barely win in OT to the worst team in football at home and just say it’s a bump on the road we’ll be fine.

    Well then I guess you’d say the same thing about 9-1 Atlanta who needed a miracle to beat Carolina and Oakland at home and barely scraped by Arizona..once again at home… Or New England, who lost to horrendous Arizona at home…

  7. ttommytom says: Nov 20, 2012 3:17 PM

    You missed the point.

    This combo WILL happen but will take a week or three.

    Also means the Texans only need to win 2 more to be in, regardless of the rest…

  8. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 20, 2012 3:19 PM

    The AFC is a joke.

  9. raymondtx says: Nov 20, 2012 3:20 PM

    “I just don’t see the Texans in the Super Bowl this season. You don’t barely win in OT to the worst team in football at home and just say it’s a bump on the road we’ll be fine.”
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    Who will beat them in the AFC? The Pats? They LOST at home to a horrible Cardinals team. The Texans beat the Broncos (on the road), beat the Ravens…by your logic of taking single game results as absolute…then the Texans are already in the superbowl.

  10. texasdyack says: Nov 20, 2012 4:57 PM

    easiest division in football? im betting the colts get in a wild card. have you seen the afc west lately?

  11. cynicalvision says: Nov 20, 2012 6:32 PM

    How can you possibly assume no ties???

  12. txtuff says: Nov 20, 2012 11:47 PM

    blacknole08 says:
    Nov 20, 2012 2:40 PM
    But it says something about the Texans (and says even more about the rest of the AFC) that we’re already talking about it, and it’s only November 20.

    —————————————————–

    2 more things:

    1. Texans play in the easiest division this season

    2. It’s not inconceivable that they could clinch a spot this weekend. GB clinched a spot after beating the Lions on Thanksgiving last year.

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    Last weekend with updated records the Texans had the 9th toughest schedule to date. Not the hardest but by far not the easiest.

  13. angrywil says: Nov 21, 2012 8:43 AM

    I’m not a fan of the Texans but I do like you and please stay healthy for the Patriots. have you ever noticed any team above 500 must play at Gillette Stadium; makes you say mm

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