2019 NFL Playoffs: AFC Playoff Picture Through Week 13

Despite Houston’s big win over New England Sunday night, very little changed for their current playoff positioning.

Houston began the week with the #3 seed and finished the week still at #3.

Here’s the current outlook on the AFC Playoff Standings:

  1. Baltimore Ravens (10-2) *holds tiebreaker over NE with Week 9 win
  2. New England Patriots (10-2)
  3. Houston Texans (8-4) *holds tiebreaker over KC with Week 6 win
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4)
  5. Buffalo Bills (9-3)
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) *holds tiebreaker over TEN with conference record
  7. Tennessee Titans (7-5)
  8. Oakland Raiders (6-6) *holds tiebreaker over IND with Week 4 win
  9. Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
  10. Cleveland Browns (5-7)

If the playoffs were to begin today, the Texans would host the 7-5 Steelers.

The Steelers have won six of their last seven games and head to Arizona this weekend for a matchup with the Cardinals. After that, they face the Bills, Jets and Ravens, and none of those are sure-fire wins, even against the Jets.

The Texans are still in pursuit of a first-round bye, but they will need to beat the Patriots by two games down the stretch. New England plays the Chiefs, Bengals, Bills and Dolphins to close out the season. With likely wins over the Bengals and Dolphins, the Texans will likely have to win out if they want a shot at a bye.

The good news for the Texans is that they now hold the eventual tiebreaker over the Patriots and Chiefs if it ever got to that point. The Texans also hold the tiebreaker over the Chiefs by virtue of their Week 6 win in Kansas City.

On the flip side, the Texans are not the only team in their division that is in control of their own destiny. The 7-5 Titans, who currently sit in the #7 seed, racked up a huge win against the Colts this weekend and could very well swoop in to snatch the division from the Texans.

The Titans are winners of three straight and could make it four on Sunday with a game against the Raiders. The pair of games between the Titans and Texans could be the difference between winning the division and being in or out of the playoffs.

However, the Texans are focused on beating the Broncos at home Sunday. Any and all wins matter in December, and a win on Sunday could be win #9 for the Texans, which could be the magic number to qualify for this year’s playoffs in the AFC.

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