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NFL playoff picture: What does Chargers-Texans mean for AFC standings

The Chargers face the Texans in Houston on Sunday. We break down what the game means for the NFL playoff picture.

A general view of NRG Stadium prior to the game between the Houston Texans and the Green Bay Packers on October 25, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images

Result: The Texans stunned the Chargers in Houston. LA drops to 8-7 and will slip down the wild card standings. Additionally, the Chiefs can now clinch the AFC West with a win over the Steelers this afternoon.

The Houston Texans host the Los Angeles Chargers in a Week 16 matchup of teams heading in the opposite direction. The Texans are competing for a top five draft pick while the Chargers are in the thick of the playoff race.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on CBS. The Chargers are 10.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook. Both teams are dealing with a host of COVID-19 issues on both sides of the ball. Houston could be without three starters on the offensive line while LA could be without running back Austin Ekeler, edge rusher Joey Bosa, and center Corey Linsley.

Chargers playoff picture

The Chargers are 8-6 and two games back of the Chiefs in the AFC West. They split the season series and KC has the tiebreaker edge in divisional record. LA is tied with four other teams in the overall AFC standings. Cincinnati has the fourth and final divisional spot and the Colts, Chargers, and Bills take up spots five through seven. The Ravens are in eighth place.

Relevant Week 16 matchups

Packers 24, Browns 22
Colts 22, Cardinals 16
Ravens (8-6) @ Bengals (8-6)
Bills (8-6) @ Patriots (9-5)
Chargers (8-6) @ Texans (3-11)
Steelers (7-6-1) @ Chiefs (10-4)
Broncos (7-7) @ Raiders (7-7)
Dolphins (7-7) @ Saints (7-7)