Texans, Falcons in position for early clinchings

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer Modified: October 2, 2012 at 12:09 am •  Published: October 2, 2012

By Thanksgiving, maybe even sooner, the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons could be division champs.

Perfect through one-fourth of the schedule — and in divisions weaker than the economy — both of these perennially underachieving franchises are now conference favorites. Barring major injuries, they soon can start concentrating on having the best record in the AFC and NFC.


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