Week 14 AFC Playoff Picture
In Need Of A Festivus Miracle
Kansas City & San Diego (5-7) With Oakland losing and both the Chiefs and Chargers winning last week I'm keeping these two teams in the playoff picture as they are two games back of the Raiders and Broncos. With three other teams at 7-5 a wild card birth for either is out of the question.
In Need Of Help
NY Jets (7-5) The Jets have won two in a row and are currently dismantling Kansas City. A win over the Chiefs is huge because the Jets are only 5-5 in the AFC and that puts them behind Cincinnati and Tennessee.
Tennessee (7-5) Again the question remains: can the Titans catch division leading Houston? After this week Tennessee has two winnable games before the season finale against the Texans but with Houston at 4-0 in the division the Titans do indeed need help.
Oakland (7-5) The Raiders are right in the middle of the wild card and AFC West race. Denver holds a half game lead on Oakland for the top spot and the Broncos also currently hold the common opponents tiebreaker as well. The 5-5 AFC record doesn't help Oakland's wild card chances.
Controlling Their Destiny
Cincinnati (7-5) 6-4 is the key number here. That's Cincinnati's AFC record which currenly gives them an edge. However their final two conference games are against Houston and Baltimore.
Pittsburgh (10-3) Technically the Steelers lead the AFC North thanks to Thursday's 14-3 win over Cleveland. But as I write this Baltimore is beating Indianapolis and if that holds Pittsburgh drops to the number one wild card spot.
Denver (7-5) Tebowmania continues as the Broncos have won five straight to surge past Oakland for the AFC West lead. Two big tests remain: home against New England and home against Kansas City in Week 17.
Baltimore (9-3) By running the table the Ravens can grab homefield advantage throughout but for now the Ravens are a half-game behind New England and Houston in conference play.
Houston (9-3) The Texans can navigate through the final quarter of the season with TJ Yates at quarterback but just because they can doesn't mean they won't. The Texans are behind both Baltimore and New England in terms of tiebreakers.
New England (9-3) We had to calculate the strength of victory tiebreaker to figure out who would get the AFC's number one seed if the season ended today. With two wins over the Jets, along with wins over Oakland and Dallas the Patriots are out in front but the situation remains fluid.