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Halfway Home: AFC Wild Card Race Getting Interesting

Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

With week nine in the NFL all but in the books, it is time to start keying in on who will take home the AFC Wild Card spots in 2012. Heading into week ten, the Indianapolis Colts are at an unlikely 5-3 and sit atop the AFC Wild Card as the Houston Texans lead the AFC south with an impressive 7-1 record.

The Colts may have struck gold with their first overall pick Andrew Luck. Sundays win against the Miami Dolphins was headlined with 433 passing yards and a tremendous 68% conversion rate on third down (13-19). Week 12 will be the first Luck- Tom Brady  match up and a great litmus test for this Colts team. With two more games against the division leading Texans as well, the inexperienced Colts will have to dig deep to secure a wild card spot.

With that being said, the AFC North is anything but inexperienced. In fact, both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have been faulted due to age on the defensive front. Although, any NFL fan worth his salt knows that both of these teams are no strangers to postseason football and everything that goes into it. In my mind, the AFC North will have two playoff teams yet again in 2012.

That leaves just one more invitation to  this years AFC postseason. Both the San Diego Chargers and the Dolphins are currently on the outside looking in. However, San Diego is coming off a win Thursday Night and the Dolphins were only one big play away from spoiling Andrew Luck’s career day on Sunday.

At the end of the day, there are eight weeks left of this years NFL regular season and they will be chock full of match ups with playoff implications.