Can the Texans really make the playoffs?

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The Houston Texans might still be in the playoff hunt, but they have a tough road ahead.

Last week’s win over the Arizona Cardinals was a big one for the Houston Texans, because it gives them a slimmer of hope when it comes to making the playoffs this season.

With the Texans currently 2.5 games out of first place in the AFC South, I wouldn’t get my hopes up about winning the division, but it could end up happening. The more likely route would be as a wild card team.

When you look at every second place team in the AFC, only the Jacksonville Jaguars (7-4) and the Buffalo Bills (6-5) have winning records. the other two teams are 5-5.

If the Texans can get a win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night, it would be a big help. But ultimately it looks like one of the wild card teams in the AFC may end up having an 8-8 or 9-7 record and this means that Houston has a chance to clinch a playoff berth down the stretch.

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One problem for the Texans is that two of the final six teams that Houston plays this season have losing records. Everyone else, except for the Ravens (5-5), have a winning record. Also, three of their final six games are divisional match-ups.

If the Texans are going to sneak into the postseason this year, they’ll need to win the games they’re supposed to win when they play the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers. They will also need to pull off a couple of upsets against teams like the Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers or the Tennessee Titans.

Heading into Monday’s game against the Ravens, I’m not very optimistic that the Texans will make the playoffs. But a win on the road against a good Baltimore defense, might change my mind.

Comment below and tell us whether you think the Texans can make the playoffs.