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NFL schedule 2012: Texans coming closer to AFC South clinch

If the Texans can win against the Titans and the Colts lose to the Lions, the Texans would have a four-game lead in the AFC South with four games to play.

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Following a win against the Lions on Thanksgiving Day, the Texans will look for a sixth straight victory on Sunday when the team travels to face the Tennessee Titans. After a loss to the Jaguars in Week 12, the Titans are officially eliminated from contention in the AFC South, with only the Indianapolis Colts standing between the Texans and an early clinch.

If the Colts were to lose to the Lions on the road on Sunday, it would give the Colts a four-game lead on the division with four games left to play. Two of those games would be against the Colts, so the division wouldn't quite be clinched for the Texans, but it would be all but ensured.

A more realistic possibility is the chance that the Texans don't earn the AFC's top seed. With the Ravens just one game behind, the Texans can't afford to drop a game and could get an extra game of breathing room if the Ravens lose at home to the Steelers on Sunday afternoon.

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