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Depending on who you believe, the Texans are still very much alive in their quest to mathematically win the division. Oh sure, the defense is absymal, the offense is mistake-prone, and they'd need a lot of help in front of them. But rally forth, good sirs, because today is a new day. Or something like that. I can't really fake optimism about this stuff.
The two games that directly impact our "playoff chances" today are the Cowboys-Colts game and the Jaguars-Titans game. As much as it pains me to admit this, we probably should be rooting for both of the teams we despise the most should we have any hope of winning the division. That would keep the status quo, as each team would be just a game ahead of the Texans and the Texans would have games to play against Tennessee and Jacksonville still.
Personally though, while I can see good cases for both the Titans and the Cowboys to win, I can't predict either of them to do so. Dallas still starts Jon Kitna and still has a very suspect offensive line. I don't think they can throw the ball on Indy. While the running game should keep it close and their defense has played better since they fired Wade Phillips, I don't think they can stop Peyton Manning.
Meanwhile, in Tennessee, I think you can make a pretty good case that the Titans quarterback play has completely sunk their season. Maybe Chris Johnson is better than Maurice Jones-Drew, but is he better with nine men in the box? Kerry Collins will be better than Rusty Smith was, but is he that much better? I can't see a single position outside of offensive line that the Titans are better at than the Jags on offense right now, and while the defense will keep it close, I think the Jags will eke out the win in Nashville as well.
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