All of a sudden, there is pressure on the Texans to win the AFC South. Not to just make the playoffs but to win their division.
Indianapolis has dominated the division to a point where the Colts are trying to become the first team in NFL history to reach the playoffs 10 consecutive seasons.
Now Indianapolis' stranglehold on the division is vulnerable because of quarterback Peyton Manning's neck injury. We'll find out just how much Manning meant to his team while he recovers from neck surgery.
Just because the Colts will play without Manning for an undetermined time doesn't mean they should forget about the playoffs. History is replete with examples of teams that succeeded after losing their starting quarterbacks.
Last season, Pittsburgh was 3-1 while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended. The Steelers went on to reach the Super Bowl.
Roethlisberger was third on the depth chart in 2004, his rookie season, behind Tommy Maddox and Charlie Batch. Batch was injured in preseason; Maddox went down in the second game. Roethlisberger started the third game and didn't lose until the playoffs.