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2016 AFC Playoff Picture: Week Thirteen

Although they’re still atop the division, things have gotten a bit bleaker for the Texans when it comes to playoff seeding.

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We can hardly believe it either, Ryan Griffin.
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For most of the 2016 season, your Houston Texans have been in steady control of the third seed in the AFC. They’ve invariably trailed the Patriots and whoever was winning the AFC West that particular week, but they’ve also remained comfortably ahead of whoever was in first place in the AFC North.

No longer.

The AFC Playoff picture entering Week 13 of the season has the Texans as the fourth seed in the conference as they hold onto their lead in the increasingly precarious AFC South. If the playoffs started today, the Texans would host the Kansas City Chiefs (who are 8-3 to the Texans’ 6-5 after eleven games) in a rematch of their Week Two clash.

Should the Texans lose to the Packers in Green Bay this week, there could potentially be a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South. The Titans are off this week, so their 6-6 record will remain static. The Colts, however, could improve to 6-6 if they beat the Jets in New Jersey.

It’s not time to panic yet, but things are getting dicey for the defending AFC South champs.