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AFC: 1. Houston (10-1)

Remaining opponents winning percentage: .582 (32-23 combined record)

Potential fly in the ointment: A Dec. 10 road game against New England (8-3) looms large if a tiebreaker scenario should develop for the No. 1 seed.

Outlook: Even if the Texans stumble in prime time versus the Patriots, Houston does have the benefit of currently being the only AFC team without a conference loss at 8-0. Conference record is the second-step tiebreaker following head-to-head matchups. Houston does enjoy a head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over Baltimore by virtue of last month’s 43-13 blowout win. The Texans have a quirky end to their schedule with a Week 16 home game against Minnesota sandwiched between Week 15 and 17 matchups against AFC South rival Indianapolis. Any extra rest the Texans can get by being able to rest starters would be a big boost, especially after a rugged November that included a gritty road win at Chicago followed by overtime victories over Jacksonville and Detroit in a span of four days. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

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