Roger Goodell and the NFL must be thrilled with the way things are going. All six division races and homefield advantage will come down to the wire, which should minimize the number of teams “resting players” down the stretch. Two huge primetime matchups will go a long way in clearing up the AFC playoff picture.

AFC

East leader- N.Y. Jets, 9-2 (1 seed)

If you're a fan of old-school, hard-nosed football, it doesn't get much better than Steelers/Ravens.

North leader- Baltimore Ravens, 8-3 (2 seed)

South leader- Jacksonville Jaguars, 6-5 (4 seed)

West leader- Kansas City Chiefs, 7-4 (3 seed)

Wildcard 1- New England Patriots, 9-2 (5 seed)

Wildcard 2- Pittsburgh Steelers, 9-2 (6 seed)

South tiebreak loser- Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

1 game back in South- Tennessee Titans (5-6), Houston Texans (5-6)

1 game back in West- San Diego Chargers (6-5)

Clinging to life- Miami Dolphins (6-5), Oakland Raiders (5-6)

Key Week 13 games- Steelers at Ravens, Jets at Patriots, Raiders at Chargers, Jaguars at Titans

Thoughts- The two wildcard spots will almost certainly come out of the East and North. Four huge games will clear up the AFC picture considerably this weekend. No matter what happens, all four teams in the South will remain alive.

NFC

East leader- Philadelphia Eagles, 7-4 (3 seed)

Can the Buccaneers stay in the NFC South hunt, or will the Falcons push them to the backburner?

North leader- Chicago Bears, 8-3 (2 seed)

South leader- Atlanta Falcons, 9-2 (1 seed)

West leader- St. Louis Rams, 5-6 (4 seed)

Wildcard 1- New Orleans, 8-3 (5 seed)

Wildcard 2- N.Y. Giants, 7-4 (6 seed)

Wildcard tiebreak losers- Green Bay Packers (7-4), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)

West tiebreak loser- Seattle Seahawks (5-6)

1 game back in West- San Francisco 49ers (4-7)

Clinging to life- Washington Redskins (5-6), Arizona Cardinals (3-8 … no joke)

Key Week 13 games- Falcons at Buccaneers, Redskins at Giants, Rams at Cardinals, 49ers at Packers

Thoughts- It is truly a shame that a team from the West will make the playoffs and keep a more worthy team out. The Buccaneers nearly knocked off the Falcons on the road a few weeks ago and it will be interesting to see how they fare at home.

 

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