NFL Playoff Picture is Developing: AFC Rankings
With the NFL season drawing to a conclusion, we look ahead at the potential playoff bracket that may take place in the AFC:
1st Seed: Houston Texans
The Texans have shown some vulnerability the past few weeks, but they've managed to escape with wins, and have already accumulated ten of them. There's no reason they won't win three out of the last five to finish with 13 wins, good enough to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
2nd Seed: Baltimore Ravens
The win over New England will be the reason they get a first round bye in the playoffs. This may be the most inconsistent two seed team we've seen in a while. They've managed to win games, but haven't looked really good in doing so. My guess is they will hang on here just because of the win over the Pats, but not by much.
3rd Seed: New England Patriots
The Pats are putting up historic numbers offensively over the past four weeks, and I don't see any reason they will slow down. They already have a win against the Broncos which helps them secure the third spot with no problems.
4th Seed: Denver Broncos
The Broncos have all but wrapped up the AFC West. Right now they are just trying to jockey for position. With a loss already to New England, there isn't much they can accomplish at this point. Just maintain and they will be sitting pretty come playoff time.
5th Seed: Cincinnati Bengals
Don't look now but the Bengals have won three straight games, including dominating the defending Super Bowl champions. With the Steelers about to drop their third straight, they will have lost too much ground to stay competitive. Bengals sneak in at the five spot.
6th Seed: Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are the surprise of the year, and Bruce Arians has to be a nominee for Coach of the Year if the Colts can hang on and get into the post season. It would have be great if they can maintain the five slot and face off against Peyton Manning, but I don't see that happening with their schedule. Unless the Texans are resting players at the end of the year, the Colts slip but hang on to the 6th seed.