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Week 15 AFC Playoff Picture

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In Need Of A Festivus Miracle

San Diego (6-7) The Chargers are heating up in December just like the good ol' days but San Diego needs some serious help to reach the postseason.  Two games behind Denver in the AFC West a Denver win or a San Diego loss eliminates the Chargers.

 

In Need Of Help

Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) At one point the Bengals had a stranglehold on a playoff spot but having lost three of four they're now on the outside looking in.  A win today against St. Louis is needed to catch the Jets.  IF Cincinnati does the tiebreaker may come down to strength of victory.

Tennessee Titans (7-6) Last week's loss to New Orleans put the Titans back in the wild card chase but this week Tennessee gets a winnable matchup versus Indianapolis.  Tennessee would hold the conference record tiebreaker over the Jets if thew two are tied at the end of the day.

Oakland Raiders (7-6) Unlike Cincinnati and Tennessee the Raiders can reach the playoffs as a wild card or a division winner.  Oakland is a game behind Denver in the West though the Broncos hold a half-game lead in division play.

 

Controlling Their Destiny

New York Jets (8-5) The Jets have a clear but rocky path to the playoffs.  New York has back-to-back NFC games against the Eagles and Giants so it's in question whether their 6-5 AFC record will hold off any challenger.

Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) Pittsburgh can't seem to catch the Ravens and after this week if the Steelers are not on top of the division they will likely be a wild card team.  A win or tie tomorrow clinches a playoff birth for Pittsburgh.

 

Division Leaders

Denver Broncos (8-5) Tebow-mania continues but now Denver faces their toughest test in New England today.  It's easy steering after today with Buffalo and Kansas City on the schedule.

New England Patriots (10-3) New England clinches the AFC East with a win or a Jets loss today.  Beyond that the Patriots are in a three-way tie but behind Baltimore and Houston for the top spot in the AFC 

Baltimore Ravens (10-3) If the season ended today the Ravens would be the two seed but if by the end of the year there is a three way tie or a two way tie with Houston the Ravens would earn the top seed.

Houston Texans (10-3) The Texans have clinched the AFC South and have a half-game lead in AFC play.

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