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With another week done in the NFL, and teams starting to have byes, many teams are still fighting to take control of their divisions and conferences. The Lions and Packers remain unbeaten, while the Rams, Colts and Dolphins remain winless. At this stage, only San Francisco has a multiple-game lead in their division; three other divisions have a tie for the lead. With few teams showing any signs of letting up, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 11:
The defending champs continued their roll, marching into Atlanta and taking care of business again. At this point, it’ll be virtually impossible to stop Green Bay.
In the NFL’s weakest division, San Francisco has suddenly become incredibly good. Their division’s overall strength (or lack thereof) should allow them to still fly relatively under the radar and build up more wins.
New Orleans was nearly upset by Carolina, but staved off embarrassment in the end. Meanwhile, New York ruined the majority of Survival fantasy leagues by falling at home to the lowly Seahawks. The G-men have a recent history of faltering, and despite losing to Seattle in the playoffs themselves, that can still be considered a fluke.
Washington may be surprising this year, but Detroit is more-so. Detroit has a very good offense, and with Nick Fairley now in action, their ferocious D-line just got even better. Washington may be much improved, but they just don’t have the raw power to stay with Detroit.
Philadelphia may have launched a comeback, but Buffalo held them off nicely. They actually have 12 interceptions already on the season, so not only is Ryan Fitzpatrick leading a dangerous offense, but even Tom Brady and Michael Vick can’t stand up to Buffalo’s defense. Buffalo may just be for real this year.
San Diego is continuing their very good start. We all know what Philip Rivers can do with all his weapons, which has led them to three straight wins. If San Diego can keep up the attack and not let their opponents much time of possession, they should do fine.
Baltimore has a very stringy defense, and Joe Flacco is better than many in the media would have you believe. They have a balanced overall game, which is why they’re consistently in the playoff picture. Cincinnati is bouncing back after an off season last year, doing well themselves. They’re also the only team to beat Buffalo this year. However, it remains to be seen how Cincy’s young corp of players will respond to a high-pressure playoff situation, should they make it that far.
Even when Tom Brady is picked four times, the Patriots still nearly win. New England’s weakness is its defense, but Vince Wilfork and his teammates are mitigating that somewhat with interceptions. Houston got better with their defense, and they’ll do good with Andre Johnson healthy, but New England shouldn’t lose in Houston for a second time with Wes Welker healthy this time around.
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