Coach Killers is your weekly look around the league at those performances, decisions and "Wait, what did he just do?!" moments that put the guy in charge squarely on the ol' hot seat.
Losing on the last play of the game was bad enough for Tampa Bay. Watching essentially every major rival for the NFC's wild-card spots pick up wins meant Sunday's loss to the Eagles all but ended the Bucs' postseason hopes.
For at least a week, the New England Patriots will not have to answer any questions about their makeup or how they measure up against their own expectations. Monday's 42-14 win over the Houston Texans proved that New England is still the class of the AFC and that it should be taken seriously as a Super Bowl contender.
The Texans were blown out 42-14 at New England Monday. Even with the loss, Houston controls its own destiny for the top seed in the AFC.
To call the New England Patriots' performance against the Houston Texans a statement would seem to cheapen what happened on the Gillette Stadium turf Monday night. It was more like the Patriots took their banners off the rafters, put them on the 50-yard line, and rubbed the Texans' collective nose in it before a national audience.
It probably won't save coach Norv Turner's job or get the 5-8 Chargers to the playoffs, but Sunday's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was a good one -- and a franchise first at Heinz Field.
A 27-23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday ensured the Tennessee Titans will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Still, coach Mike Munchak said his main focus is on the final three games of the season -- not his job status.
Against Green Bay, Detroit offered a national audience a glimpse of both the good play that reminds Lions' fans of the team's available talent, and the maddening, self-defeating errors that have led to the team's current five-game losing streak.
Texans inactives for Monday night's game against the New England Patriots include CB Alan Ball and LB Brooks Reed.
Patriots inactives for Monday night's game against the Houston Texans include OLs Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics.

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