Each team in the NFL has played 11 games as the schedule turns to week 13 in the 2012 NFL season. Right now, playoff contenders either have to hold on or keep winning to get in with just 5 games to go.
So, which 12 teams will be making this year’s NFL playoffs? Find out below.
1. Houston Texans (currently 10-1): The Texans hold a three game lead over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South. Even if they lose two of their remaining five, they will be 13-3 on the year which will be good for home field advantage throughout the playoffs in the AFC.
2. New England Patriots (currently 8-3): The Patriots are rolling. Again, they may lose two of their last five but that will take them to 11-5 on the year which would be good for second in the AFC under this scenario.
3. Denver Broncos (currently 8-3): The Broncos have won six straight but the Patriots hold the tie breaker on them since they beat them in week 5. Denver will likely get to at least 10-6.
4. Baltimore Ravens (currently 8-3): The Ravens remaining schedule is not exactly easy. Their last game of the season at Cincinnati could very well be for the division.
5. Indianapolis Colts (currently 7-4): The Colts have a pretty soft remaining schedule so they should be able to win three of their last five which would be good for 10-6 on the year.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (currently 6-5): The Bengals and Steelers will deck it out for the last wildcard spot in the AFC. The two teams meet in week 16 at Pittsburgh which could decide their fate. The Bengals have a lot of momentum right now which is why I am picking them.
1. Atlanta Falcons (currently 10-1): The Falcons could probably win the NFC with a 12-4 record which they might wind up with. They need home field in the playoffs.
2. San Francisco 49ers (currently 8-2-1): Their tie against the St. Louis Rams probably hurt their chances to grab the number one seed in the NFC. Still, San Francisco might be the best team in the conference.
3. Green Bay Packers (currently 7-4): The Packers have an easier schedule than the Chicago Bears which is why I am going with them to take the NFC North.
4. New York Giants (currently 7-4): The Giants’ remaining schedule is pretty brutal but if they beat the Washington Redskins on December 3, then they should lock up the NFC East even if they finish with a 9-7 record.
5. Chicago Bears (currently 8-3): Chicago faces Green Bay in week 15. I think they will end up with the same record as their rivals but fall to the wildcard spot since I have Green Bay defeating them for the second time on the season.
6. Seattle Seahawks (currently 6-5): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers probably hurt their playoff chances by losing to Atlanta last week. Their remaining schedule is not too easy. Neither is Seattle’s. With that said, they have three games at home where they are always good. 8-8 might take the last wildcard spot.