If all goes as planned in Vegas, the Houston Texans will be the eight-seed in the AFC on Monday.
A quick look at the schedule, which features among other games the 5-5 Texans against the 6-3-1 Cincinnati Bengals, and Vegas’ Week 12 betting lines shows a fun expectation for local fans.
Houston is not only favored to win on Sunday at NRG Stadium, but based on how other games are expected to shake out, also climb three spots in the conference.
The teams between the Texans and the AFC’s second Wild Card spot:
6. Kansas City Chiefs, 7-4
7. Miami Dolphins, 6-4
8. San Diego Chargers, 6-4
9. Baltimore Ravens, 6-4
10. Cleveland Browns, 6-4
Nearly all of those teams are favored by Vegas to lose.
Miami +7 @ Denver Broncos
San Diego +5 vs. St. Louis Rams
Baltimore +3 @ New Orleans Saints
Cleveland +3.5 @ Atlanta Falcons
Houston is a 1.5-point favorite against Cincy at NRG Stadium, where they’ve won three straight in the series. They’ve also won five straight overall.
Kansas City did Houston a huge solid last night, face planting against the Oakland Raiders, 24-21.
St. Louis, by the way, upstaged Denver at the Edward Jones Dome just last week.
Even if the Rams can’t upset Chargers, who’ve lost three of their last four games, if all goes how Vegas expects it to, the Texans would vault all the way up to eighth in the standings on tiebreakers. Namely, what would become their 5-2 conference record.
6. Kansas City, 7-4
7. San Diego, 7-4
8. Houston, 6-5
9. Miami, 6-5
10. Baltimore, 6-5
11. Cleveland, 6-5
It’s a great opportunity, should the Texans handle business.
If they can’t, well, probably time to start thinking about 2015 NFL Draft positions.
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