The Houston Texans can not only still make the playoffs, they can also still win the AFC-South. But it's going to take something Houston has never accomplished before: A six-game winning streak commenced with last weekend's win over Tennessee. I know what you are thinking: "Surely you CAN'T be serious!"
All it will take is a tough win on the road in Philadelphia for the Houston Texans to have a .500 record of 6 - 6 in the wake of the Eagles falling during what would be a two-game skid to 7 - 5 from their .700 winning percentage of just one week ago. Then, just follow that up with a Monday Night Football victory at Reliant Stadium against a brutal Baltimore Ravens team that is currently 5 - 1 on the road this season.
Next, pick up in week 15 at Tennessee with a continuation of the beatdown the Texans put on the Titans in week 12, demolish in the snowfall the trainwreck that is the Broncos, then finalize the best season in franchise history with revenge for the "Ah Hail, Mary!" in Jacksonville by winning against the Jaguars at Reliant in week 17.
That's all it takes. The Jaguars and Colts, each projected to finish at 9-7, will be left out in the cold due to the AFC WildCard berths being awarded to the Ravens and either Jets or Patriots (depending on which of those two teams wraps up the AFC-East.)
To Recap: just go into the den of a beast of a team against likely NFL MVP Michael Vick and win in Philly tomorrow night, and then pull off another tough challenge by defeating the Ravens on football's brightest stage at home with your city behind you the following week. All that would remain would be the Winter Wonderland Waltz of dishing out "just desserts" to division rivals and a defeat to the weakened organization that is the Denver Broncos. That's all it takes for the Houston Texans to pull off the best in franchise history trifecta of achieving a record of 10 - 6, going to the playoffs, and wearing the crown as AFC-South Champions.
I AM serious, and don't call me Shirley!