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Texans vs. Colts thread: DeMeco Ryans has a chance to clinch a playoff berth

Win and you’re in tonight.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers win simplified one AFC South playoff scenario. No scenario exists where a team can make the playoffs after a loss. The Houston Texans’ only path to a playoff berth is now by beating the Indianapolis Colts. The same is true for the Colts.

If tonight’s game ends in a tie, the Jacksonville Jaguars will win the AFC South, and the Colts and Texans will be eliminated.

It’s been quite the year of overachieving for both the Colts and the Texans. The winner of this game should win the Coach of the Year. DeMeco Ryans started this season with a rookie quarterback and a projected win total anywhere between three and four.

Shane Steichen has worked wonders offensively with Gardner Minshew en route to a 7-4 conference record. Both coaches have been impressive all season and deserve plenty of credit.

Indianapolis was victorious the last time these two teams played, 31-20. This game feels like it’ll be lower scoring since it’ll have a “playoff feel” to it. The total in this game is 47.5, with the game set as a pick ‘em on DraftKings Sportsbook.