Playoffs

Who Have The Texans Beat

It’s that time of year again: time to play “WHO...HAVE...THEY...BEAT!”

Every season as the playoffs grow near, fans from every fan base start believing more in their franchise. Part of this holiday tradition is to look at other possible playoff teams and ask the question, “Who have they beat?” Let’s answer that question as we head into Week 16.

I’ve decided to look at the top contenders in the AFC to see who they have beaten, lost to or tied. Let the festivities begin!

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Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)

  • Signature Win: Week 1 in L.A. they knocked off the (11-3) Chargers 38-28
  • Other Wins vs teams .500 or better:

Week 2 - 42-37 at Pittsburgh (8-5-1)

Week 14 - 27-24 vs Baltimore (8-6)

  • Worst Lost: No losses to a team .500 or below
  • Other Losses:

Week 6 - 43-40 at New England (9-5)

Week 11 - 54-51 at Los Angeles Rams (11-3)

Week 15 - 29-28 vs Los Angeles Chargers (11-3)

  • Wins vs teams under .500:

Browns (6-7-1)

Broncos (6-8)

Broncos (6-8)

Bengals (6-8)

Jaguars (4-10)

49ers (4-10)

Cardinals (3-11)

Raiders (3-11)

Chiefs’ glass half-full: They haven’t lost to anyone with less than nine wins.

Chief’s glass half-empty: While they haven’t lost to anyone with a .500 record or worse, they are only 1-3 against teams with nine or more wins entering week 16.

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Los Angeles Chargers (11-3)

  • Signature Win: Week 14 in K.C. they knocked off the (11-3) Chiefs 29-28
  • Other Wins vs teams .500 or better

Week 7 - 20-19 vs Tennessee (8-6)

Week 9 - 25-17 at Seattle (8-6)

Week 13 - 33-30 at Pittsburgh (8-5-1)

  • Worst Lost: Week 11 - 23-22 vs Broncos (6-8)
  • Other Losses:

Week 1 - 38-28 vs Kansas City (11-3)

Week 3 - 35-23 at Los Angeles Rams (11-3)

  • Wins vs teams under .500:

Browns (6-7-1)

Bengals (6-8)

Bills (4-9)

49ers (4-10)

Raiders (3-11)

Raiders (3-11)

Cardinals (3-11)

Chargers glass half-full: Second most wins in the AFC playoff race vs teams with a winning record.

Chargers glass half-empty: As with the Chiefs, 10 of their 11 wins have come against teams with 8 wins or fewer and are 1-2 (including a split with the Chiefs) when facing teams with more than 8 wins.

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Houston Texans (10-4)

  • Signature Win: Haven’t beaten a team with more than eight wins
  • Wins vs teams .500 or better

Week 4 - 37-34 at Indianapolis (8-6)

Week 5 - 19-16 vs Dallas (8-6)

Week 8 - 42-23 vs Miami (7-7)

Week 11 - 23-21 at Washington (7-7)

Week 12 - 34-17 vs Tennessee (8-6)

  • Worst Lost: Week 3 - 27-22 vs Giants (5-9)
  • Other Losses:

Week 1 - 27-20 at New England (9-5)

Week 2 - 20-17 at Tennessee (8-6)

Week 14 - 24-21 vs Indianapolis (8-6)

  • Wins vs teams under .500:

Browns (6-7-1)

Broncos (6-8)

Bills (5-9)

Jaguars (4-10)

Jets (4-10)

Texans glass half-full: Tied for the second most wins against teams that are .500 or better, in the AFC. Houston has lost by a total of 18 points in their four defeats, with totals of 7, 3, 5 and 3 points being the amount they have come up short in their four losses.

Texans glass half-empty: Haven’t not been tested with a tough schedule. Have only played one team with more than eight wins. That game was back in Week 1 in Foxboro and saw the now (9-5) Patriots win 27-20.

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New England Patriots (9-5)

  • Signature Win: Week 6 vs Kansas City (11-3), 43-40
  • Wins vs teams .500 or better

Week 1 - 27-20 vs Houston (10-4)

Week 4 - 38-7 vs Miami (7-7)

Week 5 - 38-24 vs Indianapolis (8-6)

Week 7 - 38-31 at Chicago (10-4)

Week 13 - 24-10 vs Minnesota (7-6-1)

  • Worst Loss: Week 2 - 31-20 at Jacksonville (4-10)
  • Other Losses:

Week 3 - 26-10 at Detroit (5-9)

Week 10 - 34-10 at Tennessee (8-6)

Week 14 - 34-33 at Miami (7-7)

Week 15 - 17-10 at Pittsburgh (8-5-1)

  • Wins vs teams under .500:

Packers (5-8-1)

Bills (5-9)

Jets (4-10)

Patriots glass half-full: Five wins against teams with a winning record. No other playoff contender has more than three such wins. New England also has three wins against teams who have won 10+ games, while no other AFC team has more than one.

Patriots glass half-empty: Patriots are 3-5 on the road this season and 6-0 at home. They are a bad road team, which shows in all five road losses coming to teams with eight or fewer wins. This is tied with the Dolphins for the most such losses.

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Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5-1)

  • Signature Win: Week 15 vs New England (9-5), 17-10
  • Wins vs teams .500 or better

Week 9 - 23-16 at Baltimore (8-6)

  • Worst Lost: Week 14 - 24-21 at Oakland (3-11)
  • Other Losses:

Week 1 - 21-21 TIE at Cleveland (6-7-1)

Week 2 - 42-37 vs Kansas City (11-3)

Week 4 - 26-14 vs Baltimore (8-6)

Week 12 - 24-17 at Denver (6-8)

Week 13 - 33-30 vs Los Angeles Chargers (11-3)

  • Wins vs teams under .500:

Browns (6-7-1)

Bengals (6-8)

Panthers (6-8)

Bucs (5-9)

Falcons (5-9)

Jaguars (4-10)

Steelers glass half-full: The early season loss to the Ravens was the only one for the Steelers this season by a margin greater than one possession.

Steelers glass half-empty: They’ve only beaten two teams all season that currently have eight or more wins, including a split with the Ravens. They are 2-3 in these games.

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Baltimore Ravens (8-6)

  • Signature Win: Haven’t beat a team with more than eight wins
  • Wins vs teams .500 or better

Week 4 - 26-14 at Pittsburgh (8-5-1)

Week 6 - 21-0 at Tennessee (8-6)

  • Worst Lost: Week 8 - 36-21 at Carolina (6-8)
  • Other Losses:

Week 2 - 34-23 at Cincinnati (6-8)

Week 5 - 12-9 at Cleveland (6-7-1)

Week 7 - 24-23 vs New Orleans (12-2)

Week 9 - 23-16 vs Pittsburgh (8-5-1)

Week 14 - 27-24 at Kansas City (11-3)

  • Wins vs teams under .500:

Bengals (6-8)

Broncos (6-8)

Bills (5-9)

Bucs (5-9)

Falcons (5-9)

Raiders (3-13)

Ravens glass half-full: Lost by a total of only four points to the 12-win Saints and 11-win Chiefs.

Ravens glass half-empty: As is the case with the Texans, the Ravens haven’t beaten a team with nine or more wins this season, and as is the case with the Steelers, Baltimore is 2-3 (including a split with Pittsburgh) when playing teams with eight or more wins this season.

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Indianapolis Colts (8-6)

  • Signature Win: Week 14 at Houston (10-4), 24-21
  • Wins vs teams .500 or better

Week 2 - 21-9 at Washington (7-7)

Week 11 - 38-10 vs Tennessee (8-6)

Week 12 - 27-24 vs Miami (7-7)

Week 15 - 23-0 vs Dallas (8-6)

  • Worst Lost: Week 6 - 42-34 at New York Jets (4-10)
  • Other Losses:

Week 1 - 34-23 vs Cincinnati (6-8)

Week 3 - 20-16 at Philadelphia (7-7)

Week 4 - 37-34 vs Houston (10-4)

Week 5 - 38-24 at New England (9-5)

  • Wins vs teams under .500:

Bengals (6-8)

Broncos (6-8)

Bills (5-9)

Bucs (5-9)

Falcons (5-9)

Raiders (3-13)

Colts glass half-full: Indianapolis is 4-0 in their last four games vs teams that are .500 or better.

Colt glass half-empty: The toughest competition that they have faced was the Texans (10-4) and the Patriots (9-5). They split with the Texans and lost to the Patriots. That goes along with two losses to 4-win teams, early on this season.

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Tennessee Titans (8-6)

  • Signature Win: Week 2 vs Houston (10-4), 20-17
  • Wins vs teams .500 or better

Week 4 - 26-23 vs Philly (7-7)

Week 9 - 28-14 at Dallas (8-6)

Week 10 - 34-10 vs New England (9-5)

  • Worst Lost: Week 5 - 13-12 at Buffalo (5-9)
  • Other Losses:

Week 1 - 27-20 at Miami (7-7)

Week 6 - 21-0 vs Baltimore (8-6)

Week 7 - 20-19 at Los Angeles Chargers (11-3)

Week 11 - 38-10 at Indianapolis (8-6)

Week 12 - 34-17 at Houston (10-4)

  • Wins vs teams under .500:

Giants (5-9)

Jets (4-10)

Jaguars (4-10)

Jaguars (4-10)

Titans glass half-full: One of only three AFC teams to have multiple wins over teams with nine or more wins.

Titans glass half-empty: Most likely playing for a wild card spot, which would mean a first-round road trip. Tennessee is 3-5 on the road this season. They have lost four of their last six games against teams that are currently in the hunt for the NFL playoffs.

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Miami Dolphins (7-7)

  • Signature Win: Week 6 vs Chicago (10-4), 31-28
  • Wins vs teams .500 or better

Week 1 - 27-20 vs Tennessee (8-6)

Week 14 - 34-33 vs New England (9-5)

  • Worst Lost: Week 7 - 32-21 vs Detroit (5-9)
  • Other Losses:

Week 4 - 38-7 at New England (9-5)

Week 5 - 27-17 at Cincinnati (6-8)

Week 8 - 42-23 at Houston (10-4)

Week 10 - 31-12 at Green Bay (5-8-1)

Week 12 - 27-24 at Indianapolis (8-6)

Week 15 - 41-17 at Minnesota (7-6-1)

  • Wins vs teams under .500:

Bills (5-9)

Jets (4-10)

Jets (4-10)

Raiders (3-11)

Dolphins glass half-full: Tied in the AFC with the Titans for the second most wins against teams with nine or more victories this season.

Dolphins glass half-empty: Miami has an equally awful loss to match each quality victory. They are 1-6 on the road this year.

You have your ammunition now; happy hunting!