NFL Week 15: Playoff Picture Remains Blurry

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There are only three games left in the 2011 NFL season. Where did the time go? Despite heading into week 15, 21 teams technically remain alive for a playoff spot and we are only sure about one thing when it comes to seeding, that Green Bay will be number one in the NFC. Let’s take a closer look –

AFC

  1. Houston (10-3)
  2. Baltimore (10-3)
  3. New England (10-3)
  4. Denver (8-5)
  5. Pittsburgh (10-3)
  6. New York Jets (8-5)
  7. Tennessee (7-6)
  8. Cincinnati (7-6)
  9. Oakland (7-6)
  10. San Diego (6-7)

The battle for a bye and the NFC North title should prevent Houston, New England, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh from resting any starters in the coming weeks. Denver looks to be in the driver’s seat for the AFC West, considering how Oakland has looked in the previous two weeks. San Diego is technically still lingering around in the West but Baltimore could end that this weekend. In terms of the wild-card, the Jets control their own destiny but have three very losable games approaching on the schedule. Cincinnati and Tennessee still have a good shot if they could win out, but that could be more difficult than it initially looked. Pretty funny that if the season ended today, the Jets would be traveling to New England for wild-card weekend.

NFC

  1. Green Bay (13-0)
  2. San Francisco (10-3)
  3. New Orleans (10-3)
  4. New York Giants (7-6)
  5. Atlanta (8-5)
  6. Detroit (8-5)
  7. Chicago (7-6)
  8. Dallas (7-6)
  9. Seattle (6-7)
  10. Arizona (6-7)
  11. Philadelphia (5-8)

We are going to learn plenty about San Francisco this Monday night against Pittsburgh. Their battle with New Orleans for a bye should be interesting to watch. The Giants are in the driver’s seat now for the NFC East and would be dangerous in the playoffs because of how well Eli Manning is playing. Atlanta, Detroit, and Dallas will battle it out for the last spot but all three feel like one and done type teams. Yes, Eagles fans are still counting on running the table and the Giants and Dallas losing two of their last three so they could sneak in.