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While the Denver Broncos were taking control of the AFC West against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the other three top AFC contenders took care of business to extend their leads atop their respective divisions. And although none has officially clinched, the Cincinnati Bengals (two games up), New England Patriots (three) and Indianapolis Colts (also three) seem destined to host playoff contests come January.
Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins moved to .500 by hammering the New York Jets, while the Baltimore Ravens looked on after beating the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving. Which wild-card contender will taste the postseason? How will the division leaders fare?
The Patriots moved to 9-3 on Sunday -- but had to eke out a win over Houston.
The Bengals topped the host Chargers 17-10, moving them to 8-4 with three home games left.
Indy hasn't looked great of late but is 8-4 and should cruise to the AFC South title.
The Dolphins and Ravens are one game ahead of a four-team pack at 5-7.
What to make of the Colts?
After Thursday night's 30-27 win at the Tennessee Titans, the Indianapolis Colts are 7-3 and cruising in the AFC South. But things aren't perfect in Indy; the Colts are just four days removed from a 30-point home loss to the St. Louis Rams, after all, and on Thursday they needed yet another comeback after falling behind 14-0. Should fans be worried about those shaky spells?
AFC playoff race heating up
Six AFC teams end Week 10 within one game of the second wild-card spot. Two -- the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns -- are clawing ever closer to the top of the AFC North, whose leader (the Cincinnati Bengals) lost its second straight game Sunday and its defensive leader last Thursday. In other words, intrigue abounds in the season's final seven weeks.
Worrying sign for the Colts?
On one hand, it's just one game. On the other hand, great teams don't often get blown out at home -- especially by opponents that enter with a .333 winning percentage. But that's what happened to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, with Andrew Luck & Co. losing 38-8 to the St. Louis Rams. This comes two weeks after the team lost leading receiver Reggie Wayne. It also comes for a team with little in the way of an AFC South challenge.
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NFL Week 9 -- Colts at Texans
Two 2012 playoff teams from the AFC South, battling once again for division ... oh, wait. This isn't what we expected. Sure, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts have lived up to -- surpassed, even -- expectations. But then there are the Houston Texans and their well-documented issues, which led them to choose Case Keenum over a healthy Matt Schaub at quarterback this week. Can Houston steal one from the seemingly locks-to-win-the-division Colts? Indy is missing Reggie Wayne, after all.