When it comes to the current standings of the NFL teams, and determining which ones still have a chance of reaching the post season, there is still some mystery involved. Since there are still two more weeks for the players to prove what they can do and cement their spot in any playoff slot there are a lot of unpredictable factors left out there. Both the AFC and the NFC have a number of excellent teams who have really stood out in some way during this season, and any of these could end up in some of the last matches of the year.
In the AFC the Ravens have already locked in their playoff berth, and in the NFC this has been done by the 49ers. The division leaders in each group are all expected to make it to to the next level, and the Wild Card contenders also still stand a chance. Each of the conferences also have a list of teams that have already been eliminated from consideration for this level though, and for these players the season is already over. Those who won at least 6 games may be in either category, and some have been wiped out while others are still in the hunt.
The division leaders for the AFC are the Texans at 12-2, the Broncos at 11-3, the Patriots at 10-4, and the Ravens at 9-5. In the NFC the Falcons are 12-2, the 49ers are 10-3-1, the Packers are 10-4, and the Redskins are 8-6. The Wildcard choices are the Colts at 9-5, the Bengals at 8-6. the Seahawks at 9-5, and the Vikings at 8-6. Other potential playoff teams include the Steelers with 7-7, the Dolphins 6-8, the Bears 8-6, the Cowboys 8-6, the Giants 8-6, the Rams 6-7, and the Saints 6-8.
Those that were eliminated from one of the two conferences are numerous. In the AFC the Jets saw a season of 6-8, and the Browns did even worse with 5-9. This was also the record for the Chargers, the Titans, and the Bills. The Raiders had a disappointing 4-10, and both the Jaguars and the Chiefs ended with a record of 2-12. In the NFC the Buccaneers are out with a record of 6-8, and the Panthers and the Cardinals both ended the season with 5-9. The Lions and the Eagles are also eliminated, and they had a record of 4-10 in both cases.
It is easier to tell right now who will not be going to the playoff games, and who will at least have a chance at one of these slots. Many of the teams played very hard all season long, but there were also a few who could not seem to gain much momentum once the season started. Recent performance is also an issue, and some of the key players have been injured during the season. This could be a determining factor in whether or not they are strong enough to make it to and through the last matches or whether they end the season in a few weeks.