November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
-The Patriots win over the Broncos with the Dolphins and Jets losing all but wraps up the division for New England. The Patriots have a great chance to end up as the number two seed in the AFC, something that seemed unlikely to start the year. The Dolphins and Jets are still both in the playoff picture, but with the Jets really struggling offensively it is tough to see them stringing together enough wins. The Dolphins may have a better chance for that 6th spot, but losing a tough one on Sunday really hurts their odds.
-The Bengals were off this week and things got a little closer in the division as the Ravens and Steelers both won. The Bengals have a two game lead currently on both teams (though the Ravens hold the tie-breaker on Cincy). For the Wild Card race the Steelers and Ravens are considered two of the favorites given their experience and coaching. They face off Thursday night which could really hurt the chances for whoever loses that game.
-A Colts loss and Titans win puts Tennessee within two games of Indianapolis for the division. Currently the Titans are in the lead of the 5-6 teams for the wild card spot. Given some of the issues in Tennessee it's tough to say how good of a chance they have to hang on for the rest of the year. The Colts loss hurts their chances of a first round bye in the playoffs.
-Both the Broncos and Chiefs lose close ones yesterday. After the Chiefs earlier loss a Broncos win would have all but sealed up the division. Now Kansas City can retake the division lead with a win over Denver next week. The Chargers kept their playoff hopes alive with stealing a win over the Chiefs.
The Eagles are off, but lost ground as the Cowboys beat the Giants to get into a tie atop the division at 6-5. The Cowboys currently have the head-to-head tie breaker and are now 4-0 in the division. In addition to the Eagles beating Dallas at the end of the year, they need the Redskins to beat Dallas the week before to ensure a tied division record. While the Giants had a shot to win this game and stay in the playoff picture, they are really in a bad spot now at 4-7 with 3 division losses.
-The Packers had to turn to Matt Flynn today and battled back to help them get a tie against the Vikings. Unfortunately they weren't able to pull out the win as both the Lions and Bears lost. The Packers remain in 3rd place in the division as they get ready for their Thanksgiving day game against the Lions. With both the Lions and Bears losing it looks it's beginning to look like there will only be one playoff team coming out of this division. The Lions won both head-to-head games over the Bears so they have a nice advantage in case these two teams remain tied at the end of the year.
-The Saints won Thursday night to remain atop the division and the Panthers had a come from behind victory over the Dolphins to remain just a game back. The Panthers are also atop the wild card standings and control their own destiny for the playoffs. The Panthers and Saints face off twice between weeks 14-16, and that should really decide the division race.
The Seahawks were off, but have a comfortable lead so even with a Cardinals win little changes out West. For Arizona though their big win over the Colts, keeps them right in the thick of the wild card race. If Carolina and Arizona ends up tied the Cardinals hold the head-to-head advantage and could knock them from the playoffs. The 49ers play tonight against the Redskins. If San Francisco wins they will maintain their sixth spot for the wild card based on their head-to-head win against Arizona. It looks to be a very hot wild card race down the stretch between these three teams.