5. Indianapolis Colts
Everything points towards the Texans being the tougher matchup for the Los Angeles Chargers on paper but if it really came down to it, I would much rather see the Texans over the Indianapolis Colts.
Indianapolis has had a resurgence this year with Andrew Luck finally returning healthy. While the Colts currently have the inferior record to the Houston Texans, Indianapolis easily could have a much better record and could have even been in the running for the first seed in the AFC.
The Colts should have beaten the Eagles and let that game slip between their fingers, lost to the Texans in overtime and had a pretty embarrassing showing against the Jaguars in a 6-0 defeat.
While you cannot change things in the NFL, you could tweak just one or two things about each of those games and the Colts would be entering Week 17 with a 12-3 record, not a 9-6 record.
Luck is always dangerous as he is a more experienced, better passing version of Deshaun Watson. The Colts have won three in a row, will be riding a four-game win streak if they make the postseason and will be 9-1 in their last 10.
The Colts have the hot hand and a dominant performance over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night should make them the dark horse team to watch out for in the playoffs. However, I still cannot put them ahead of other teams on this list.