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Fili
11-20-2012, 02:14 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000098298/article/houston-texans-can-clinch-nfl-playoff-berth-sunday
The 9-1 Houston Texans can be the first team to punch their ticket to the dance if the following goes down in Week 11:

Convoluted scenario No. 1:

Texans win + Titans loss or tie + Dolphins loss or tie + Jets loss or tie + Bengals loss + Chargers loss or tie

Sounds unlikely? Yeah, probably. How 'bout this one?



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Convoluted Scenario No. 2:

Texans win + Titans loss or tie + Dolphins loss or tie + Jets loss or tie + Bengals loss or tie + Steelers loss

What have we learned? Well, the Texans are unlikely to clinch a playoff spot in Week 11. But it is possible, which tells you a lot about how their season is going.

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TexansFanatic
11-20-2012, 02:16 PM
First team to clinch. That would be incredible.

DX-TEX
11-20-2012, 02:23 PM
First team to clinch. That would be incredible.

Scary IMO. I would rather they be in a dogfight to the bitter end.

TexanSam
11-20-2012, 02:31 PM
Titans vs Jags
Dolphins vs Seahawks
Jets vs Patriots
Bengals vs Raiders
Chargers vs Ravens

There would have be a few big upsets for us to clinch this weekend.

76Texan
11-20-2012, 02:34 PM
Hooray!

I hope we clinch the number one seed early so we can take it easy on some of the guys, but one game at a time, one game at a time.

Malloy
11-20-2012, 02:34 PM
Titans vs Jags
Dolphins vs Seahawks
Jets vs Patriots
Bengals vs Raiders
Chargers vs Ravens

There would have be a few big upsets for us to clinch this weekend.

Everything short of the Raiders winning sounds plausable

76Texan
11-20-2012, 02:36 PM
Titans vs Jags
Dolphins vs Seahawks
Jets vs Patriots
Bengals vs Raiders
Chargers vs Ravens

There would have be a few big upsets for us to clinch this weekend.

Just the Bungals and the Tacks.

The Tacks can lose for all we care, right?

76Texan
11-20-2012, 02:37 PM
Everything short of the Raiders winning sounds plausable

Boy, you are quick on the trigger; especially on the bet last week :)

ObsiWan
11-20-2012, 02:38 PM
Scary IMO. I would rather they be in a dogfight to the bitter end.

If you mean by the "bitter end" the Super Bowl and that we're playing in the it, I agree.

If you mean that we won't know whether we've made the playoffs until the last week of the season, then I think that's nuts.

So which is it?

76Texan
11-20-2012, 02:51 PM
If you mean by the "bitter end" the Super Bowl and that we're playing in the it, I agree.

If you mean that we won't know whether we've made the playoffs until the last week of the season, then I think that's nuts.

So which is it?

Not just that but we should'nt be in a dog fight 'less we already forgot about Vicks, LOL.

I need a JJWatt's finger waving emoticon here :)

Thorn
11-20-2012, 03:03 PM
We're 9-1. We'll be in the playoffs. No need to worry or rush things.

ObsiWan
11-20-2012, 03:07 PM
We're 9-1. We'll be in the playoffs. No need to worry or rush things.

Still, it wouldn't hurt my feelings one little bit if all those guys lost and we clinched a playoff berth in freakin' November!
:specnatz:

The Pencil Neck
11-20-2012, 03:10 PM
We're 9-1. We'll be in the playoffs. No need to worry or rush things.

Remember that one year when Shanahan's Broncos went 8-0 to start the season and then went 0-8 to finish it and missed the playoffs.

Yeah.

I won't believe we have the #1 seed until we have the #1 seed.

Thorn
11-20-2012, 03:19 PM
Still, it wouldn't hurt my feelings one little bit if all those guys lost and we clinched a playoff berth in freakin' November!
:specnatz:

That would be nice, and it might just get us a few seconds extra on NFLN if you can make it past them talking about the Jets or Cowboys. We could win 50,000 super bowls and be well on our way to the next stage of human evolution and they'd still be talking about the Jets and Cowboys before us.


Remember that one year when Shanahan's Broncos went 8-0 to start the season and then went 0-8 to finish it and missed the playoffs.

Yeah.

I won't believe we have the #1 seed until we have the #1 seed.

The number 1 seed will still take some doing, that's for sure. I hope we get it as well. Just making the playoffs at this stage is a done deal. Seriously.

TexansFanatic
11-20-2012, 03:33 PM
The number 1 seed will still take some doing, that's for sure. I hope we get it as well. Just making the playoffs at this stage is a done deal. Seriously.

Agreed --- there's hardly any way the Texans don't make the playoffs at this point.

But clinching a spot early means the team can then focus exclusively on clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

OzzO
11-20-2012, 03:58 PM
Remember that one year when Shanahan's Broncos went 8-0 to start the season and then went 0-8 to finish it and missed the playoffs.

Yeah.

I won't believe we have the #1 seed until we have the #1 seed.

I think I read in the chronic today that if we win 3 more, we clinch home field. But I ain't gonna try to figure all that fancy math to confirm... just let me know when we do.

brakos82
11-20-2012, 04:02 PM
We need to finish 14-2 to clinch HFA...

13-3 would still give us the division, an 81% chance of HFA, and 99% Top-2 seed.

TexansFanatic
11-20-2012, 04:08 PM
I think I read in the chronic today that if we win 3 more, we clinch home field. But I ain't gonna try to figure all that fancy math to confirm... just let me know when we do.

I wish that were true, but my math tells me that three more wins for the Texans equals 12 wins.

The Ravens have only lost 2 games and could thus conceivably win as many as 14 games. If the Ravens win 13 or 14 games while the Texans win only 12, then the Ravens win home field advantage.

The Patriots and Broncos have only lost 3 games and could thus conceivably win as many as 13 games, thus eclipsing a 12-4 Texans record.

ObsiWan
11-20-2012, 04:14 PM
Is it time to visit the playoff machine again?

http://espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/machine

You know, if you set "Offensive Ranking" as the determining factor. The Colts win the division and we get in as a wild card.

Oh, it gets better; we have to go play the Steelers IN Pittsburgh because they're division winners and we're the wild card team.

Yeah... forget patience, the sooner we clinch, the better.
:aggressive:

DocBar
11-20-2012, 04:17 PM
Meh. Just win out and go 18-1 for 2012. That would be tons better than NE's 18-1 season.:fostering:

TexansFanatic
11-20-2012, 04:20 PM
Meh. Just win out and go 18-1 for 2012. That would be tons better than NE's 18-1 season.:fostering:

Ha! Damn right. And just as good as Chicago's 18-1 season.

rush2112mn
11-20-2012, 04:20 PM
Doing my Spicoli impression from Fast Times at Ridgemont High
"Awesome.....totally Awesome"

:texflag::logo::wherewill

badboy
11-20-2012, 04:20 PM
My plan would be to keep winning the next one....

Marcus
11-20-2012, 04:47 PM
If you mean by the "bitter end" the Super Bowl and that we're playing in the it, I agree.

If you mean that we won't know whether we've made the playoffs until the last week of the season, then I think that's nuts.

So which is it?

I'd rather be in a dogfight to the bitter end. Being the first to the dance has a tendency to take the pressure off too long and lose focus. There have been way too many times that a team with the best record get its clock cleaned in its own house by some wild card team that's loose, and has everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

ObsiWan
11-20-2012, 05:00 PM
I'd rather be in a dogfight to the bitter end. Being the first to the dance has a tendency to take the pressure off too long and lose focus. There have been way too many times that a team with the best record get its clock cleaned in its own house by some wild card team that's loose, and has everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

I'll never understand that mindset.
It's the freakin' playoffs. EVERYONE is in the "everything to gain, nothing to lose" situation.
It's Win or Go Home for everybody.

TheMatrix31
11-20-2012, 05:10 PM
I want the home field advantage but part of me doesn't want a bye. We seem to always be sluggish after a bye. We're a momentum team more than many others, it seems.

ObsiWan
11-20-2012, 05:20 PM
I want the home field advantage but part of me doesn't want a bye. We seem to always be sluggish after a bye. We're a momentum team more than many others, it seems.

I hear what you're saying but it'll be tough to have the one without the other.

76Texan
11-20-2012, 05:38 PM
I want the home field advantage but part of me doesn't want a bye. We seem to always be sluggish after a bye. We're a momentum team more than many others, it seems.

You just want to watch more Texans football, admit it! http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/images/icons/icon10.gif

EllisUnit
11-20-2012, 07:03 PM
Well if you get a bye week you can pretty much count that as a win. I would rather have more time to get every as healthy as possible for the play-offs.

fiasco west
11-20-2012, 07:19 PM
I am hoping that the Colts draw the Broncos in the wildcard round.

Would be fun to watch at least.

GP
11-20-2012, 07:36 PM
If a fan doesn't want a playoff spot locked up in November, I have to really wonder about that fan.

It ranks up there with fans who get bummed if we don't face a fully stacked opponent. I mean, Lord forbid we have an easier game because opponents have significant players out of a game.

I have a feeling those fans also love Kubiak's "Get Cute" play calling episodes. After all, it wouldn't be fair to defenses if we played our cards straight.

Lucky
11-20-2012, 08:30 PM
If you mean that we won't know whether we've made the playoffs until the last week of the season, then I think that's nuts.

So which is it?
Nuts.
Remember that one year when Shanahan's Broncos went 8-0 to start the season and then went 0-8 to finish it and missed the playoffs.

I think you're referring to the 2009 season where Josh McDaniels began his had coaching career 6-0, then the Broncos went 2-8 the rest of the way.

12 of the past 14 AFC Champions had a 1st round bye. I'm hoping the Texans get that bye, myself.

ATXtexanfan
11-20-2012, 08:36 PM
hell yeah get that bye. a week off will make our guys hungry and we got a qb who hasnt played in the playoffs. man talk about an itch.

JCTexan
11-20-2012, 08:44 PM
I hear what you're saying but it'll be tough to have the one without the other.

Not just tough but impossible. The two bye teams will have the home-field advantage in the divisional round of the playoffs.

JCTexan
11-20-2012, 08:47 PM
As much as it would be nice to clinch that playoff spot this week, how about going into Tennessee and kicking their ass to wrap it up next week? That would be sweet. :evil:

ATXtexanfan
11-20-2012, 08:48 PM
As much as it would be nice to clinch that playoff spot this week, how about going into Tennessee and kicking their ass to wrap it up next Sunday? That would be sweet. :evil:

right and then we whip the pats just for fun

TexansFanatic
11-20-2012, 08:52 PM
right and then we whip the pats just for fun


It would certainly BE fun but that game with the Pats will almost certainly be very meaningful.

The Pencil Neck
11-21-2012, 12:35 AM
I think you're referring to the 2009 season where Josh McDaniels began his had coaching career 6-0, then the Broncos went 2-8 the rest of the way.


I'm just getting old and my memory isn't as trustworthy as I think it is.

I conflated McDaniel's 6-0 start with Shanahan's last season where he was sitting at 8-5 and lost the last three games. Either way, they both had promising starts to their seasons go down the tubes. Which was the point I was trying to make in a befuddled and brain-addled way. :)

Marcus
11-21-2012, 01:48 PM
I'll never understand that mindset.
It's the freakin' playoffs. EVERYONE is in the "everything to gain, nothing to lose" situation.
It's Win or Go Home for everybody.

I fully expect this team, the way they are playing, to have a playoff spot wrapped up, if not this week, it will be the next, and I'm perfectly fine with that. The likelihood of them "taking it to the bitter end" is about as likely as an actual day going by without GP pulling wild-eyed sh!t out his ass.

Norg
11-21-2012, 06:00 PM
win these next 3 games and we clinch THe Number 1 Seed


lose 2 games and we will be the Number 2 seed

lose 3 and we will have to play a WC game


O we can just pray NE and Denver IMplodes and makes it easy 4 us ..... LOL

darnbni99a
11-21-2012, 09:15 PM
it would indeed be epic if it happened this weekend. i highly doubt it though

Speedy
11-21-2012, 10:15 PM
Well if you get a bye week you can pretty much count that as a win. I would rather have more time to get every as healthy as possible for the play-offs.

Exactly! Getting the bye week is winning the 1st round without having to play it. Plus it means you're playing that 2nd round game at home instead of on the road.

ObsiWan
11-23-2012, 04:57 PM
Well, let's see how we're doing...

Convoluted scenario No. 1:
Texans win (check)
+ Titans loss or tie (@ Jags; possible only if Henne goes off on them like he went off on us)
+ Dolphins loss or tie (hosting Seahawks; maybe... Seahawks don't travel well)
+ Jets loss or tie (check)
+ Bengals loss (hosting Raiders so probably no go here)
+ Chargers loss or tie (hosting Ravens so not likely... It wouldn't hurt my feelings if they hung another loss on the Ravens though)

Sounds unlikely? Yeah, probably. How 'bout this one?

or...

Convoluted Scenario No. 2:
Texans win (check)
+ Titans loss or tie (see above)
+ Dolphins loss or tie (see above)
+ Jets loss or tie (check)
+ Bengals loss or tie (see above)
+ Steelers loss (@ Browns. I'd normally say "no go" but Pitt is down to their 3rd string QB and the Browns have been playing tough. And we certainly know how dangerous one-win teams can be)
Methinks it's still unlikely - but not impossible - that we clinch a playoff spot this weekend.

76Texan
11-23-2012, 05:07 PM
It doesn't matter to me. Clinching with a beat down on the Tits will be so fun to watch.

Lurvinator11
11-23-2012, 06:02 PM
The most unlikely one is the Titans game, but if they lose, I will have hope.

I can certainly see the Bengals losing, and I can see the Chargers losing.

I know the Ravens aren't too good on the road, but this Chargers team is imploding, and it wouldn't surprise me if they lose out.

Clinching a playoff berth is nice, but let's get the number one seed!

Lurvinator11
11-25-2012, 04:25 PM
Well since the Bengals and Dolphins won, guess we have to wait until next week.

Stemp
11-25-2012, 07:07 PM
Well since the Bengals and Dolphins won, guess we have to wait until next week.

I think we have the tiebreaker over the dolphins, so we just need to get up one more game on the Bengals.

ThaJokaa
11-25-2012, 07:16 PM
Damn those Bungles!!

brakos82
11-25-2012, 07:19 PM
Damn those Bungles!!
Signed, 2009.

MistaRed
11-26-2012, 11:03 AM
Texans clinch a playoff spot with a win at Tennessee Sunday.

NitroGSXR
11-26-2012, 03:17 PM
Texans clinch a playoff spot with a win at Tennessee Sunday.

Really? AWESOME! Who else can clinch this weekend?

Double Barrel
11-26-2012, 04:38 PM
There is something extra special about the idea of the Texans clinching a playoff spot with a win at Tennessee. Then Bud can wave his no. 1 finger for us!

Texas T
11-26-2012, 04:41 PM
Really? AWESOME! Who else can clinch this weekend?

Patriots with a win over the 'Fins will win their division.

thunderkyss
11-26-2012, 05:49 PM
Texans clinch a playoff spot with a win at Tennessee Sunday.

Surely they won't be caught sleeping for this one. I wonder if we might see a Matt Schaub called half. Remember Kubiak did that once, let Matt call the plays. I forget what the occasion was. But this seems like a great opportunity to let Matt let it hang out a littlel...... you know, after the suh thing.

MistaRed
11-26-2012, 05:59 PM
Really? AWESOME! Who else can clinch this weekend?



Atlanta can clinch the NFC South with a win and a Tampa Bay loss.

76Texan
11-26-2012, 06:15 PM
Texans clinch a playoff spot with a win at Tennessee Sunday.

There is something extra special about the idea of the Texans clinching a playoff spot with a win at Tennessee. Then Bud can wave his no. 1 finger for us!

Texans better have a good showing.

I had circled this date for a while now.

Go Texans