Houston Texans have comfortable lead for AFC's top playoff seed

Thomas B. Shea

The Houston Texans are sitting pretty atop the AFC standings heading into their bye week.

The Houston Texans enter their bye week atop the AFC standings at 6-1, amazingly one of only three teams in the conference with a winning record after seven weeks of the NFL schedule. The Texans now own a win over one of the other two teams, the 5-2 Baltimore Ravens, giving them a clear path to home-field advantage in the playoffs, writes the Houston Chronicle.

Winning the AFC South seems like a foregone conclusion to most, as Houston is clearly the class of a division where the next-best team, the 3-3 Indianapolis Colts, are a team led by a rookie quarterback while the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars are both banged up and clearly not on Houston's level.

The Texans still have four division games remaining -- two against the Colts and one each against the Titans and Jaguars, each of whom have already been clobbered by Houston this year. The biggest test on the Texans' schedule the rest of the way is likely Week 14, when they travel to face the third team with a winning record in the AFC, the New England Patriots.

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