Although the Texans haven't been eliminated from the playoff picture yet, they are long-shots at best to turn around a 5-7 season that continues with Monday night's home game against the Ravens.
First, there are four 6-6 teams in front of Houston trying to get in the postseason.
Second, the way the seeds are right now, with the Jets (9-3) and Ravens (8-4) holding the two wild-card spots, the Texans would have to win the rest of their games even to have a slim hope of getting a wild-card.
Last, Houston's best chance at a playoff berth probably is by winning the AFC South. Jacksonville leads the division at 7-5 now, the Colts are second at 6-6, and the Titans are tied with the Texans at 5-7. The Texans have two division games left.
After the Ravens, they go on the road to play Tennessee and Denver, then finish with the Jaguars at home. The Baltimore game clearly looks to be their toughest game.
On top of those odds, some are already calling for coach Gary Kubiak to be fired. He seemed to recognize the challenge in front of him when he talked after Tuesday's practice in Houston.
"We're facing a big, big task," Kubiak told reporters. "None bigger than who we're fixing to play. I think this is one of the top teams in football and we're going to have to play better than we've been playing to get it done. Can we do it? You bet we can do it. But we can't play a month-full of football in the next two-to-three days. We've got to play Baltimore and be good enough to beat Baltimore Monday night."