The Houston Texans have put themselves in a position to be the NFL's first team to seal a spot in the playoffs and to move a step closer toward earning home-field advantage in the AFC.
Houston (9-1) has won four straight and is 4-0 on the road this season, giving the Texans a great shot to be in consecutive postseasons for the first time.
''It shows the progress we've made,'' said tight end Owen Daniels, who has been with the franchise for seven of its 11 years of existence. ''A few years ago, it took us until the end of the season to get that ninth win. We're at that ninth win already.
''We're trying to stack `em up, but it's good that those are possibilities this early in the season.''
Houston needs to win at Detroit (4-6) on Thursday and have a handful of teams lose, or tie, to earn a postseason bid by the end of the weekend.
The Lions, meanwhile, will have to pull off a string of upsets against a slew of good teams...