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2016 AFC Playoff Picture: Week Twelve

There’s a new top dog in the AFC as the NFL prepares for the last quarter of the 2016 regular season. Find out which teams are seeded where on Battle Red Blog.

Houston Texans v Oakland Raiders
Celebrate now, Derek. It ain’t over yet.
Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

After the Raiders managed to beat the Texans in Mexico City two nights ago, the AFC playoff picture changed yet again. Not for the Texans, mind you; they’re still the third seed in the AFC and projected to host the Denver Broncos in the wild card round. No, the projected seeding changed at the top, with the 8-2 Oakland Raiders taking over the No. 1 seed in the AFC and the 8-2 New England Patriots falling to the second seed. Here’s a link to the entire current playoff picture.

In a game that does have the potential to affect the Texans, the Colts, currently a mere game out of first place in the AFC South, host the Steelers (also 5-5 and in the playoff hunt) in a prime-time showdown tomorrow night. The Colts will likely have to play that pivotal game without Andrew Luck, which would seem to dramatically decrease Indianapolis’ chances to move to 6-5. In turn, that could give the Texans the opportunity to stretch their division lead back to two games if they’re able to handle the Chargers at NRG Stadium on Sunday afternoon.