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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 16 if you are a Houston Texans fan

Week 16 is here and the Houston Texans are on the bubble of the playoff picture. Who should Texans fans root for to help their chances?

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The Texans face the Browns this week, and if they win, they will improve to 9-6, and the Browns will fall to 9-6. There are currently four teams with 8-6 records, and the Texans are looking to make the jump to 9-6 while as many AFC teams as possible fall to 8-7. Houston closes out the season with games against the Titans and the Colts. They grabbed a much-needed overtime win over the Titans in Week 15.

If you are a Houston Texans fan, you’ll have a few games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their chances of a playoff berth. The Texans are 2.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Result: Texans got boat-raced by Joe Flacco, Amari Cooper and the Browns 36-22. The loss of CJ Stroud was too much for the Texans, while the Browns have been playing great with Flacco. It’s a tough loss for Houston. They’ll be looking for help, which they got with a Colts loss. They now hope for the Buccaneers to beat the Jaguars.

Buccaneers vs. Jaguars

Result: The Buccaneers beat the Jaguars 30-12. This was a huge result for the Texans, as they stay tied in the win-loss column for the division. Unfortunately the Jaguars hold the tiebreaker.

The Texans have the division title in the AFC South within reach now that their record is tied with the Jaguars. Texans fans should be hoping for a Tampa Bay victory this week to give Houston a shot at taking the division lead and placing them into the fourth seed in the AFC.

The Jaguars are 1-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Bengals vs. Steelers

Result: Steelers beat the Bengals 34-11. This doesn’t impact the Texans that much since the Texans already own the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Bengals.

The Bengals are currently ahead of the Texans, but this game is fairly inconsequential in terms of the Texans’ current path into the playoff picture. Fans could root for the Steelers here to give the Bengals a worse record than the Texans, but the Texans also have a head-to-head victory over the Bengals, which would help them in a tiebreaker.

The Bengals are 1.5-point favorites DraftKings Sportsbook

Falcons vs. Colts

Result: The Falcons beat the Colts easily, 29-10. This is good news for the Texans who lost to the Browns today. Houston will remain behind the Colts in the playoff standings, but at least they didn’t lose ground on them.

The Texans could use a Colts loss here to boost them up, as the Colts currently have an identical record with Houston and are one spot ahead of them in the tiebreaker. A Colts loss and a Texans win would put Houston firmly in front heading into Week 17.

The Falcons are 1-point favorites DraftKings Sportsbook