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At the half: Yates out, Titans lead Texans, 13-10

Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:22 pm
Tennessee needs a lot of things to fall into place to earn the No. 6 seed in the AFC. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The Texans headed into Week 17 with the No. 3 seed in the AFC and no matter what happens elsewhere around the league, come Monday morning … they'll still be the No. 3 seed. Which means that next weekend they'll face the Bengals, Titans or Jets. So it only made since that they'd treat Sunday's matchup against Tennessee like a bye week. Houston declared Arian Foster, Owen Daniels, and Johnathan Joseph inactive even though all were healthy.

At the half, Tennessee leads Houston 13-10. More pressing news: Texans third-string quarterback, rookie T.J. Yates, left the game with what looked like a head injury. Yates is done for the day and replaced by ageless wonder, Jake Delhomme.  That works fine for an afternoon in a meaningless get-together, but creates all sorts of issues going forward.

In theory, the Texans' decision to sit their best players is bad news for the Jets who need Cincy and Tennessee to lose in order to have a chance at the No. 6 seed. The Titans, meanwhile, need to beat Houston and then hope for one of the following:

1) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + OAK loss or tie
2) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + DEN loss or tie
3) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ loss or tie + OAK win + DEN win

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