The Colts were out looking at the playoffs at this time last week, but their positioning looks much better after Week 11.
They defeated the Jaguars on Sunday while the Texans lost to the Ravens, which led to Indianapolis skipping Houston in first place in the AFC South. They will get a chance to solidify that location Thursday night as they travel to face the Texans in a game that will also affect the way the Wild Card race is shaped.
Here's what the overall picture of the playoffs looks like this week: 19659003] leaders
1. Patriots (9-1) It wasn't the best offensive performance against the Eagles, but the win kept them away from the Ravens.
2. Ravens (8-2) The division is firmly in hand, and they still have this switch over the Patriots.
3. Bosses (7-4) Week 13 against the strikers could be the first place in Western AFC.
4. Colts (6-4) Winning Thursday will mean moving the Texans and a clear path to the division title.
5. Bills (7-3) The schedule becomes stricter after visiting the Broncos this week, but getting another profit will leave the bills in good shape.
6. Texas (6-4) Thursday's loss would lead to a much gloomier prospect for the playoffs in Houston.
7. Raiders (6-4) Extending their winning streak to four games would put a lot of finals in the AFC West.
8. The Stephens (5-5) Last Thursday's loss was a helmet in the face of their playoff hopes.
9. Titans (5-5) With two games against the Texans and one against the Colts, the Titans can still make noise in AFC South.
10. Browns (4-6) The schedule is pretty forgiving, but no Miles Garrett is going to make Cleveland's life difficult.
11. Jaguars (4-6) The Titans' loss this week will leave the Jaguars with very long postseason odds.
12. Chargers (4-7) Head coach Anthony Lynn said his team had to win on Monday night, but they failed to do so and a win may not even help them now.
13. The Broncos (3-7) Blowing a 20-point halftime lead in Minnesota effectively stifled any late playoff hopes.
14. The Jets (3-7) The two-time winning streak has gained the heat without doing much for the Jets' chances after the season.
15. Dolphins (2-8) With the Browns and Eagles on schedule, the Dolphins can still ruin things for other teams.
16. Bengals (0-10) The Bengals were eliminated unofficially from the playoffs in September, but that didn't officially happen until this week.