Well, that was an ugly week, wasn't it? Despite nearly everything that could go wrong doing so, however, the Texans are currently sitting atop the AFC. Let's review, shall we?
Texans @ Jaguars - Texans Win (+)
49ers @ Ravens - Ravens Win (-)
Patriots @ Eagles - Patriots Win (-)
Steelers @ Chiefs - Steelers Win (-)
Bills @ Jets - Jets Win (Meh)
Buccaneers @ BE-SFs - BE-SFs Win (-)
Bears @ Raiders - Raiders Win (-)
So that puts us at 1-6-1 for the week. Hit the jump for this week's slate of rooting interests as more and more teams become irrelevant while the playoff picture crystallizes.
Let's hope that this "T.J .Yates Just Wins Games" meme can stay strong. These next two games are going to tell us a lot about what we can expect from the Texans in the playoffs.
The #1 Seed Race
The Ravens visit the Factory of Sadness to inflict another crushing defeat on the Browns. Let's hope the Browns can defy fate and take the Ravens down a notch.
Indianapolis Derps (0-11) @ New England Patriots (8-3) - Colts
How hilarious would it be if the Colts could upset the Patriots at ho--- I'm sorry, I can't even finish typing that. Next!
This one requires some forward-looking schedule analysis, so strap in. With a crowded AFC North looking to send three of its teams to the playoffs, this is far from cut and dry.
The Steelers remaining schedule includes the Bengals, the Browns, the 49ers, the Rams, and the Browns again. They should win both Browns games and the Rams game, while the Bengals and 49ers are potential losses. This means the Steelers should finish either 11-5 or 12-4.
The Bengals are yet to play the Steelers, the Texans, the Rams, the Cardinals, and the Ravens. They should beat the Rams and the Cardinals, giving a likely range for their final record of 9-7 to 11-5.
The Steelers currently represent a bigger threat because of their higher potential finish, but that could change if the Bengals get on a roll and beat both the Steelers and the Texans, especially since the Texans have the benefit of a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Steelers.
If the Texans finish 11-5 with a loss to the Bengals, hope for the #1 seed lies in the Steelers beating the Bengals and dropping a game to one of their remaining opponents, as well as the Bengals dropping a game to the Cardinals or the Rams, but beating the Ravens. For now, we want the Bengals to win, but we could change our minds after next week.
Oakland enters the conversation for the #1 seed by virtue of getting to play the AFC West twice this season. They get to play Green Bay next week, so hopefully they're clobbered out of this category by Week 15.
The Rest of the AFC (That Matters)
Mark Sanchez continues to get bailed out by God-knows-what. NFC over AFC.
Methopotamia BE-SFs (6-5) @ Buffalo Bills (5-6) - Buffalo
The Bills are looking to stop a 4 game skid. Who better to do it against than the fine folks in Tennessee? Maybe CJ2YPC will freeze to death in Buffalo.
Currently, the Ravens and the Patriots have the inside track to first round byes with the softest remaining schedules. If the Texans can get out of this two game stretch with wins or even a split, they might be able to keep pace.