AFC Playoff Picture

With six games left in the season, I don't think it is too early for fans to start thinking about the playoffs and playoff seeding.  Here are my predictions.

1. Indianapolis (10-0).  Remaining Schedule: @Hou, Tenn, Den, @Jax, NYJ, @Buff.  Projected Record: 15-1.  I can't imagine the Colts lose more than two games.  The only way I can see them losing three is if they don't play anyone at Buffalo because they don't need the game.  Either way, they end up the #1 seed.

2. San Diego (7-3).  Remaining Schedule: KC, @Cle, @Dal, Cin, @Tenn, Wash.  Projected Record: 12-4.  I think they win all of their remaining games other than dropping one to Dallas, Cincy, or Tennessee.

3. New England (7-3).  Remaining Schedule: @NO, @Mia, Car, @Buff, Jax, @Hou.  Projected Record: 12-4.  They either lose at New Orleans or one of the three games between Miami, Jacksonville, or Houston.  They could swap with San Diego for the #2 seed depending on tie-breakers.

4. Cincinnati (7-3).  Remaining Schedule: Cle, Det, @Minn, @SD, KC, @NYJ.  Projected Record: 11-5.  They beat Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, and the Jets.

5. Pittsburgh (6-4).  Remaining Schedule: @Bal, Oak, @Cle, GB, Bal, @Mia.  Projected Record: 11-5.  I think they lose this weekend at Baltimore and then win out.  Cincinnati gets the division based on head-to-head.

6. Baltimore (5-5).  Remaining Schedule: Pitt, @GB, Det, Chi, @Pitt, @Oak.  Projected Record: 10-6.  They lose at Pittsburgh, but win the rest and sneak into the final playoff spot.  Depending on tie-breakers, they may sneak in front of Pittsburgh.

Remaining Contenders:

Jacksonville (6-4).  Remaining Schedule: @SF, Hou, Mia, Indy, @NE, @Cle.  Projected Record: 9-7.  I don't see them beating the Colts or Patriots and would be surprised if they take more than three of their four remaining games.

Denver (6-4).  Remaining Schedule: NYG, @KC, @Indy, Oak, @Phil, KC.  Projected Record: 8-8.  Clearly, Denver isn't the elite team it pretended to be for the first part of the season.  They might be lucky to get to 8-8, even with three games against weak division opponents.

Houston (5-5).  Remaining Schedule: Indy, @Jax, Sea, @ St. Louis, @Mia, NE.  Projected Record: 9-7.  I think they will control their own destiny going into the final week of the season, but they won't beat New England which will be fighting for a first round bye with San Diego.  If they can pull out a win against the Colts this weekend, they will be the six seed in front of Baltimore.

Miami (5-5).  Remaining Schedule: @Buff, NE, @Jax, @Tenn, Hou, Pitt.  Projected Record: 7-9.  I see four losses in their games with New England, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Houston, and Pittsburgh.

Tennessee (4-6).  Remaining Schedule: Ariz, @Indy, St. Loius, Mia, SD, @Sea.  Projected Record: 8-8.  Running the table will be tough with games against Arizona, Indy, and San Diego.

Let me know what you think.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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