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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 18 if you are a Houston Texans fan

Week 18 is here and the Houston Texans are just outside the playoff picture. Who should Texans fans root for to help their chances?

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Update: The Texans win the AFC South with Jacksonville’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. They will host the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card round.

Update: The Texans have clinched a playoff spot after defeating the Colts 23-19 Saturday night. If the Jaguars lose Sunday against the Titans, Houston will win the AFC South and host a playoff game against the Cleveland Browns.


The Texans are in the race for both an AFC South title and a Wild Card bid as we head into Week 18. If you are a 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.

Texans vs. Colts

This is a must-win week for the Texans. If they beat the Colts, they are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Houston lost to the Colts earlier this season when Indy QB Anthony Richardson was still healthy. Indianapolis enters as a 1-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Jaguars vs. Titans

If the Texans win, this game will determine where they end up seeded. A Titans win would give the Texans the AFC South title and the fourth seed, while a Jaguars win would send Houston into the Wild Card mix. The Jaguars are 5-point favorites.

Bills vs. Dolphins

A Dolphins win combined with a Jaguars win would place the Texans at No. 6 in the AFC. A Bills win would bump Houston to No. 7. The Bills are 3.5-point favorites.