While the NFC Playoff picture is crazy, the AFC Playoff Picture is somewhat complete. We know the teams we just don’t know who’s playing who.
The four division winners are the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. The two wildcard squads are the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals. We do know that the Colts are the 5 seed and the Bengals are the sixth seed, but everything else is up-for-grabs.
If the Texans beat the Colts this coming Sunday, they’ll be the top seed with home field throughout the playoffs. If the Texans lose, the Broncos can take the top honors if they beat the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Patriots can take the top honor if they beat the Miami Dolphins and the Texans and Broncos lose. If all three lose, the Texans will take the top spot with the Broncos second. The Ravens can pass the Patriots if the Patriots lose to the Fins and the Ravens beat the Bengals.
Perhaps I was a bit to enthusiastic in the assumption that this would be easy. But we do know the six squads that will be fighting for a trip to the Super Bowl. The most interesting team in this whole scenario is the Patriots. If they win and either the Broncos or Texans lose, they’ll climb the latter to a higher seed. But if they lose and the Ravens win, they’re the fourth seed. The Patriots have never won a Super Bowl without a first round bye. That’s something to think about.
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