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Posted Nov 28, 2009
Charlie Bernstein


It was a tough week for the Texans as they dropped a heart-breaker to the Tennessee Titans. If Houston is going to turn things around and earn their first playoff berth, they are going to need to take care of business on the field and get some help. We're going to look at some of the help they need.

Carolina vs. New York Jets - At 4-6, the Jets are pretty much out of it, but not mathematically. Just like any AFC vs. NFC matchup, the Texans need the NFC team to win. Odds of that happening? Pretty good, as the Jets are in a serious swoon, dropping six of their last seven games.

Miami vs. Buffalo -
The Texans need the Bills to put forth the same effort they did last week against Jacksonville, but finish the job this Sunday against the Dolphins. At 5-5, the Dolphins are certainly a playoff contender and any loss they would suffer certainly helps the AFC teams that are still in the hunt. Odds of that happening? It's possible. Miami is without Ronnie Brown, and the Bills played motivated football last week.

Cleveland vs. Cincinnati -
This game likely won't have any great significance on the AFC wild-card, but since the Bengals have a 7-3 record, AFC wild-card teams should cheer for them to lose. Odds of that happening? Not likely, as Cleveland is the worst team in football right now.

Jacksonville vs. San Francisco -
The Jaguars are currently one of the teams in the driver's seat as they have a 6-4 record. Fans of AFC teams in the race always want the NFC teams to win a head-to-head battle. Odds of that happening? Pretty good, as the Jaguars don't travel west all that well and David Garrard has been utterly ineffective away from Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

Kansas City vs. San Diego -
Although it's probably not as important as some of the other games, fans of teams in the AFC wild-card race should be cheering for the Chiefs. San Diego has a 7-3 record and are currently first in the AFC West, but with a loss their conference mark would be at a very pedestrian 5-4. Odds of that happening? The spreads don't lie, and the Chargers are a two-touchdown favorite. Translation: Not likely.

Arizona vs. Tennessee -
After an 0-6 start, the likelihood of the Titans figuring in to the playoff race as anything more than a spoiler was a long-shot. Since, the Titans have won four straight and are a dangerous team. Although it likely won't matter in the long-term, fans should be cheering for the defending NFC champion Cardinals to travel to Nashville and leave with a victory. Odds of that happening? 50/50 assuming Kurt Warner plays. If he doesn't, the Titans will make it five straight.

Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore -
There are many reasons to watch this game, and all fans of teams in the race should be pulling for the Ravens. At 6-4, the Steelers are clearly in the hunt and another loss would help everyone chasing them. A loss would also drop the Steelers conference record to 4-4, which would help many teams in potential tiebreak situations. Odds of that happening? It's tough to say. The Steelers have owned the Ravens of late, but with a potentially injured Ben Roethlisberger, anything is possible.



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