Ok, I’ve examined the remaining schedule (Week 8 and forward) and ascertained, myself, the result of every game involving AFC teams, and then extrapolated the effects on the AFC standings, specifically as relates to playoff eligibility. My findings are below, but first, a few preliminary points … 1. For those of you who even now are typing away your response that includes the words “let’s not look ahead …” or “… let’s just stay focused on Buffalo”, hear this: I was recently laid off from my job, so with all this extra time on my hands I’ve already established, wallowed in, and then lost focus on the Buffalo game – yes, it’s very important to win this game, as are they all, as you will see. For you time-challenged “focus” nerds, there are other threads that transfix on the upcoming Buffalo game, blatantly refusing to look ahead - this is NOT one of those threads. 2. As I will show, the time to hunker down and win our every possible remaining game is now, and I know this because I have seen and understand the future, courtesy of my Time Machine (patent pending). You will see what I have seen. 3. Each of you can go through the same exercise as I did, and your findings will be substantially the same. For the most part, I gave the benefit of the doubt to the teams that most threaten the Texans’ playoff hopes, so this can be considered, if not a worst case scenario then at least a very likely toughest row to hoe. I would be surprised if it’s any worse than this. 4. I have (I predict) the Texans losing only 2 more games between now (Week 8) and Week 16 inclusive. This exercise leaves open the importance and outcome of only our final game in Houston against the New England Patriots. I believe the outcome of that last game will be critical to both teams and this should be, surely will be, further discussed. The expected outcome of other teams' Week 17 games is included in my summary. 5. For those interested, I have the Texans losing only the Indy game away (Nov. 8), and the Miami game away (Dec. 27). So, besides the win this weekend at Buffalo, I include wins at home against Indy (Nov. 29), and importantly on the road against Jacksonville (Dec. 6). These are IMPERATIVE wins as you will see. You want to switch one of those with the Miami game – OK; or call one of those a loss instead - then get on your own time machine and tell me who will be our 1st-Rnd draft selection next April with the 17th-ish pick. 6. This is not intended to be a doomsday prediction, but the bottom line is that when the best team in the NFL (Indianapolis) is in our own division (again, still), we immediately default to a “leftovers” playoff-wanna-be group encompassing the entire rest of the conference’s also-rans. And when you (carelessly) lose 3 early games, 2 AT HOME to contending also-ran teams (NYJ & JAC), your options are severally limited, as you will see. That is the bed we’ve made for ourselves, so without further ado, the pertinent standings after Week 17 games will be (not sure how this will format so bear with me) … Indianapolis 13 wins, 3 losses Houston 10 wins, 5 losses … Week 17 New England game pending Jacksonville 10 wins, 6 losses New England 10 wins, 5 losses … Week 17 game @ Houston pending New York Jets 9 wins, 7 losses Pittsburgh 12 wins, 4 losses Cincinnati 11 wins, 5 losses Baltimore 10 wins, 6 losses Denver 11 wins, 5 losses San Diego 9 wins, 7 losses Resulting in the following playoff rankings … 1st Week Bye, Home Field Advantage throughout: Indianapolis (13-3) 1st Week Bye, Home Field Divisional Game: Pittsburgh (12-4) Division Winner, Home Field Wild Card Game: Denver (11-5) or New England (11-5) Division Winner, Home Field (NE?) Wild Card Game: Denver (11-5) or New England (10-6) Wildcard #1: Cincinnati (11-5) or Houston (11-5) Wildcard #2: Jacksonville (10-6), Baltimore (10-6), or Houston (10-6) Also-rans contending Weeks 16/17: San Diego (9-7), New York Jets (9-7) What I’m basically saying is, if we go to the playoffs it will be because we hereafter only lose 2 games, MAXIMUM 3 games. If we lose 3 games and finish 10-6, we might squeak by on second-tier stats, but definitely NOT if we lose a 2nd game to Jacksonville. Some of you operating your own time machine may want to throw in an extra loss at home to Seattle, or for argument’s sake this weekend in Buffalo, or blabber from the “any-given-Sunday” soap box – FINE, then I advise that you stand before the mirror and perfect forthwith your “wait ‘til next year” diatribe so you can be ever the more convincing come January 4. As you can see, the Texans would be wise to heed this visionary alert and immediately without the slightest delay and continuing uninterrupted through January, finally and convincingly resemble, and precisely and absolutely become the competently-coached, high caliber, bone-crunching, yardage-defending, posterior-kicking, mega-point-scoring, , game-WINNING, nationally-embraceable, awe-inspiring, CowboysFan-jaw-dropping, take-the-bull-by-the-horns, deliver-the-goods, NFL playoffs-bound professional-frigging football team that they aspire to be and that by-golly we believe they can, should and will be. Now!! Discuss ….