There was some great football to be had this long holiday weekend… Just not much on Sunday. The Thanksgiving special left Adam ecstatic, while Sunday’s early contest all but locked up the AFC South for Nick’s Colts. The rest of the playoff picture continued to become clearer, as the Seahawks locked up the first playoff birth of the season.
- Seattle Seahawks (11-1) LW (1) – Well that closes the debate as to the best team in football. The Seahawks dominated the Monday night matchup against the Saints. Granted it was at home, but it looks like if any other team wants to come out of the NFC for the Super Bowl, they’ll have to travel to Seattle.
- Denver Broncos (10-2) LW (3) – And it looks like the Broncos will control their fate in the AFC, as they defeated the Chiefs once again and basically locked up their division. However, a loss would most likely mean all paths would lead through New England.
- New Orleans Saints (9-3) LW (2) – Are the wheels coming off? After barely beating the 49ers and Falcons, the Saints were finally unable to pull off the W against the Seahawks. They will have a quick turnaround too, as Carolina comes into town for part 1 of the division crown showdown.
- Carolina Panthers (9-3) LW (4) – What is going to cause this team to finally lose? Maybe the Saints? Ask me that even 3-4 weeks ago, I say without a doubt. Oh how the tides have turned. Now it looks like the Panthers are the ones with the all powerful momentum on their side in this one.
- New England Patriots (9-3) LW (5) – This team might be one of the most confusing in football. I was ready to anoint them the best of the AFC, but they could barely defeat the worst team in the league and had to do so with two late field goals. The schedule looks easy the rest of the way, but that may be a trap for this team.
- San Francisco 49ers (8-4) LW (7) – They finally have a shot at redemption. Last time they faced off against the Seahawks, they were obliterated. They’ve had some time to find themselves since then and now get the Seahawks at home. The division crown is all but out of reach, but you know that Harbaugh would love to have some bragging rights over Carroll.
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) LW (6) – Uh oh. Three straight losses following the bye cannot have the fans in KC feeling very confident. Their defense has played sub-par, at best, the past 3 weeks and will need a quick turnaround to help right the ship. Lucky for them their next two are against the lowly Washington football team and the Raiders. Just what the doctor ordered.
- Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) LW (8) – The battle for the 3 seed is on the line this upcoming week. Cincy gets this one at home, which may be just enough to give them the advantage. We will soon find out won’t we Big Red!
- Dallas Cowboys (7-5) LW (10) – Two weeks in a row?! That has to be some kind of a record. Tony Romo looked great, as per usual, and DeMarco Murray showed signs of life from the running game. The rest of the schedule sets up for them nicely before a battle for the East against the Eagles in Week 17.
- Indianapolis Colts (8-4) LW (NR) – And they’re back! Yes, they do deserve this spot, no matter how much grief I get. They locked up the South and looked a little rejuvenated with the benching of Trent Richardson. However, they are going to need to click on all cylinders this week against the Bengals.
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