Breaking down the AFC playoff picture
With three weeks in the NFL season remaining, the playoff picture in the AFC is getting clearer.
If the season were over today, the Ravens (7-6) would qualify for the playoffs as the second wild-card and would play the third-seeded Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) in the opening round of the postseason.
Here's a look at the entire AFC playoff outlook, with teams seeded as if the season ended today.
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1. Denver Broncos( Ron Chenoy, USA Today Sports / December 8, 2013 )
Record: 11-2, first-place in AFC West
Remaining schedule: vs. San Diego Chargers (Dec. 12), at Houston Texans (Dec. 22), at Oakland Raiders (Dec. 29)
Skinny: The Broncos maintained their hold on the top spot with a 51-28 win over the Tennessee Titans (and four more touchdown passes from Peyton Manning) on Sunday. The Broncos can ensure homefield advantage through the AFC playoffs with wins over three losing teams over the final three weeks. But if they slip up once and the Patriots win out, New England can take over the top seed.