More than a third of the NFL season is behind us if you can believe it, so why not take a look at the playoff picture, even if it is far too early?


The Chiefs are one of the big AFC surprises early in the season and if not for folding late against the Texans Sunday they'd be 4-1.

East leader – New York Jets, 5-1 (1 seed)

North leader – Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-1 (2 seed)

South leader – Houston Texans, 4-2 (3 seed)

West leader – Kansas City Chiefs, 3-2 (4 seed)

Wildcard 1 – New England Patriots, 4-1 (5 seed)

Wildcard 2 – Baltimore Ravens, 4-2 (6 seed)

Tiebreaker losers – Tennessee Titans (4-2), Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

Half-game back – Miami Dolphins (3-2)

One game back – Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)

Biggest surprises: The Chiefs leading the AFC West by 1.5 games and the Colts on the outside looking in. Other than that, the AFC is pretty much to form.

Jay Cutler and the Bears sit atop the NFC North, but not even Bears fans can't believe that will last too much longer.


East leader – N.Y. Giants, 4-2 (1 seed)

North leader – Chicago Bears, 4-2 (3 seed)

South leader – Atlanta Falcons, 4-2 (2 seed)

West leader – Arizona Cardinals, 3-2 (4 seed)

Wildcard 1 – New Orleans Saints, 4-2 (5 seed)

Wildcard 2 – Philadelphia Eagles, 4-2 (6 seed)

Half-game back – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2), Seattle Seahawks (3-2)

One game back – St. Louis Rams (3-3), Washington Redskins (3-3), Green Bay Packers (3-3)

Biggest surprises: The Bears leading the North (which won’t last), the Packers on the outside looking in, and the Cowboys and 49ers falling way behind the pack.