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AFC Playoff Picture: Colts, Steelers still on track for Wild Card matchup

Taking a weekly look at the AFC playoff picture. If the postseason started today? It would be the Colts hosting the Steelers in the Wild Card round.

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Week eleven is now in the past for the NFL as we just keep marching closer and closer to the postseason.  This is the time of year where teams really need to make their push for a spot in the playoffs if they're going to make it, and we're seeing several teams do just that, while others are beginning to fall behind.

The Indianapolis Colts remained atop the AFC South with a come-from-behind 24-21 win on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.  The Houston Texans also have a 5-5 record (same as the Colts), but Indy currently holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.  Because of that, the Colts stay on track to host a playoff game as the division winner, and if the postseason began today, they would host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wild Card weekend.

This is the same projected matchup as last week, with the Steelers staying at 6-4 because of their bye week.  The Colts and the Steelers will play in two weeks on Sunday Night Football in Pittsburgh in week 13, and it could very well be a preview of the postseason matchup that we'll see in January.  Of course, there's still a long way to go until then and things could change, meaning that the Colts and the Steelers will both need to continue to win and play well.  The Colts don't have the luxury this year that they have in past years of having a very comfortable lead in the division - the Texans are tied with them and the Jaguars are just one game back with six games left (including three against AFC South opponents).  Similarly, the Steelers aren't secure in their wild card spot either, as several others teams will be looking to take advantage of any Pittsburgh stumble.  With that said, however, the current projected matchup is Colts vs. Steelers in Indianapolis in the first round of the playoffs.

Here are the full standings for the AFC postseason race:

1.  New England Patriots (10-0)

2.  Cincinnati Bengals (8-2)

3.  Denver Broncos (8-2)

4.  Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

5.  Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)

6.  Kansas City Chiefs (5-5)


7.  Houston Texans (5-5)

8.  Buffalo Bills (5-5)

9.  New York Jets (5-5)

10.  Oakland Raiders (4-6)

11.  Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)

12.  Miami Dolphins (4-6)

13.  Baltimore Ravens (3-7)

14.  Cleveland Browns (2-8)

15.  San Diego Chargers (2-8)

16.  Tennessee Titans (2-8)