NFL playoff picture: How Texans’ win over Titans impacts AFC South, wild-card races
(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/72/4f/ryan-tannehill-102119-getty-ftr_d0761jqjedbn1im5r1q7m8frn.jpg?t=-242822611&w=500&quality=80 How the Titans still can get an AFC wild cardThe Bills (10-4) clinched at least a wild-card berth with their win over the Steelers (8-6) on Sunday night. That also means the Steelers and Titans still have identical records.The Steelers have the tiebreaker for now with a better conference record, 6-4 vs. 6-5. That situation wouldn’t change if both teams finish 2-0.Say the Titans win out and the Steelers go 1-1 after losing to the Bills: The Titans are then 10-6, the Steelers are 9-7, and Tennessee is the playoffs.Say the Titans go 1-1, beating the Saints but losing to the Texans, and the Steelers go 1-1, losing to either the Jets in Week 16 or the Ravens in Week 17: The Steelers also get in with a better conference record in that scenario. The Texans (9-5) beat the Titans (8-6) in Tennessee on Sunday to maintain first place in the AFC South through Week 15. It was a big boost to Houston’s playoff chances and a big blow to those of Tennessee.Anything is possible regarding the NFL playoff picture over the final two weeks of the 2019 season, so the Texans can’t feel comfortable, and the Titans can’t afford to pack it in. Here’s breaking down what the result means going into Week 16. How the Texans move up from the No. 4 seedHouston still remains a game behind Kansas City (10-4) and two games behind New England (11-3). The Texans beat both the Chiefs and the Patriots earlier this season, so they have a chance at either getting No. 2 and a first-round bye or No. 3.The Texans would jump the Chiefs if they finish 2-0 or 1-1 and the Chiefs finish 1-1 or 0-2, respectively. The Chiefs do have tricky games at the Bears and vs. the Chargers, so that’s within the realm of possibility. The Texans would jump the Patriots only if they finish 2-0 and New England loses out. The Patriots face the Bills at home in Week 16 and finish with another home game the Dolphins, so it’s hard to expect them to help the Texans. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9a/69/deshaun-watson-102318-getty-ftr_e19843cxgd391nzhfoms1wv27.jpg?t=-1576470418&w=500&quality=80 MORE: Full NFL playoff picture in Week 15How the Texans win AFC SouthHouston holds a one-game lead and the head-to-head edge over Tennessee. The third tiebreaker is division record. The Texans can finish no worse than 4-2 in the AFC South should they lose at home to the Titans in the Week 17 rematch. The Titans can finish no better than 3-3, even in avenging their loss to the Texans.So if both teams win out, the Texans are division champs.Say the Texans go 1-1, beating the Buccaneers in Week 16 but losing to the Titans: If the Titans go 2-0 by also beating the Saints, it will make no difference. With both teams at 10-6 in that scenario, the Texans win the division.Say the Texans go 0-2: If the Titans do win out, that would be the only way for them to win the division. MORE: Updated NFL Draft order for 2020Say the Titans go 1-1, losing to the Saints but beating the Texans, and the Steelers go 1-1. Both teams would be 9-7 overall and 7-5 in conference play. The tiebreaker would come down to strength of victory, which tilts toward Tennessee.The Titans have better wild-card life thanks to the Steelers losing. They have the much tougher schedule, however, especially when you consider the Steelers may get a resting Ravens team in the finale.