The Texans, who have lost two games in a span of five days, are now 10-5 and sit alone in the No. 3 spot in the AFC standings. The 10-4 Ravens, who play the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, are No. 2 in the conference.
Simply put: If the Ravens win out, they will get a first-round bye (which would be huge for Anquan Boldin).
As for the Colts, with two straight wins, they have jeopardized their chances for the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL draft. If they win next week and the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams both lose their remaining games, they will move out of last place (and squander a chance to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck first overall).