Playoff picture: Texans one game out of Wild Card

Despite losing three consecutive games, the Texans are still only one game out of the second wild card spot in the AFC. Even the 1-10 Cleveland Browns are techincally still alive in the 2009-10 postseason race, although no team with a losing record ever has made the NFL playoffs outside of the strike-shortened 1982 season.

Here's a look at the AFC playoff picture through 12 weeks of the 2009 season. I'll update this list every Tuesday from here on out.

Who's in: Indianapolis Colts (11-0, clinched AFC South)

Division leaders: Colts, Cincinnati Bengals (8-3, AFC North), San Diego Chargers (8-3, AFC West), New England Patriots (7-4, AFC East)

Wild Card leaders: Denver Broncos (7-4, AFC West), Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5, AFC South)

In the hunt: Baltimore Ravens (6-5, AFC North), Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5, AFC North), Miami Dolphins (5-6, AFC East), New York Jets (5-6, AFC East), Tennessee Titans (5-6, AFC South), Houston Texans (5-6, AFC South), Buffalo Bills (4-7, AFC East),

Staying alive:Kansas City Chiefs (3-8, AFC West), Oakland Raiders (3-8, AFC West), Cleveland Browns (1-10, AFC North)

Tie-breakers: If the Texans finish the season with an identical record to a division opponent, the first four tie-breakers for the Wild Card are: 1. Head-to-head, 2. Division record, 3. Common games record, 4. Conference record.

If the Texans finish the season with an identical record to a non-division AFC opponent, the first four tie-breakers for the Wild Card go like this: 1. Head-to-head (if applicable), 2. Conference record, 3. Common games record (minimum of four), 4. Strength of victory.

For a full explanation of tie-breaking procedures, click here.

Upcoming matchups:The five remaining opponents of the Texans and each team ahead of the them in the Wild Card standings:

Broncos (7-4): @ KC, @ IND, vs. OAK, @ PHI, vs. KC
Jaguars (6-5): vs. HOU, vs. MIA, vs. IND, @ NE, @ CLE
Ravens (6-5): @ GB, vs. DET, vs. CHI, @ PIT, @ OAK
Steelers (6-5): vs. OAK, @ CLE, vs. GB, vs BAL, @ MIA
Dolphins (5-6): vs. NE, @ JAC, @ TEN, vs. HOU, vs. PIT
Jets (5-6): @ BUF, @ TB, vs. ATL, @ IND, vs. CIN
Titans (5-6): @ IND, vs. STL, vs. MIA, vs. SD, @ SEA
Texans (5-6): @ JAC, vs. SEA, @ STL, @ MIA, vs. NE

Texans' next game: On the road at Jacksonville. The Texans are 3-2 on the road this season and 3-4 all-time at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. In Week 3 of this season, the Texans lost 31-24 to the Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Quarterback Matt Schaub had 300 yards passing and three touchdowns, but a late fourth-quarter drive stalled at the one-yard line when Texans running back Chris Brown fumbled into the end zone.

A handy reference:The full NFL standings, divided by conference, on NFL.com

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