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If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 11

Falcons vs Texans: Week 11's prediction for the Super Bowl

Just a month and a half remain in the NFL season, and things just keep getting better. The Giants and Bears are slipping. The Cowboys, Saints and Buccaneers are climbing back into the race. More key injuries are occurring, with Ben Roethlisberger and Rob Gronkowski leaving the Steelers and Patriots respectively, quite possibly for some time. There’s still plenty of exciting games to be had, so let’s look at what would happen as of Tuesday, November 20:

NFC

#1 Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons just survived being upset by the floundering Cardinals, but they still pulled out a close win. Atlanta has shown this year that even if they can’t achieve blowouts, they’ll still do fine as long as someone takes down New Orleans for them.

#2 San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco decimated Chicago on Monday Night Football to convincingly take control of the second bye. San Fran may still be missing Alex Smith, but Colin Kaepernick is filling in nicely. Defense was what was keeping Chicago up there, and San Francisco has plenty of defensive talent to go far.

#3 Green Bay Packers vs #6 Seattle Seahawks

Seattle may have beaten Green Bay back in Week 3, but with the replacement refs gone, Seattle can’t rely on another gift-wrapped victory. Green Bay simply has too much offensive firepower to let that happen again, and at Lambeau no less.

#4 New York Giants vs #5 Chicago Bears

Both teams have now lost two in a row. New York is coming off its bye week, but still has many difficult games left on the schedule to exhaust them. Chicago‘s remaining schedule is much easier, and they still own the superior defense. Without getting better in a hurry, the Giants won’t make it far this postseason.

AFC

#1 Houston Texans

Houston gave up 37 points at home to Jacksonville of all teams, but still pulled off the comeback win. That’s a significant hiccup, but with Houston’s talent on both sides of the ball, nothing they can’t overcome.

#2 Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore picked up another win, this time against a Pittsburgh team dealing with a pretty big injury of the own in Ben Roethlisberger. Baltimore is still looking good without their key defenders, and now has a big edge in the AFC North. They’re still unbeaten at home as well, which always helps.

#3 New England Patriots vs #6 Pittsburgh Steelers

Without their franchise quarterback, the Steelers are in trouble. They still have a good defense, but even so, I don’t know of anyone who’s giving the Steelers (down to their third-string quarterback after Byron Leftwich broke two ribs against Baltimore) any chance to keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots on offense.

#4 Denver Broncos vs #5 Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis went into New England and gave up 59 points to an elite offense. With Peyton Manning running the show, Denver has an elite offense. Indianapolis has done well this season, but they’re not yet ready to defeat the quarterback they let go.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • If San Francisco runs into any sort of trouble in New Orleans, either Chicago (vs MIN) or Green Bay (@ NYG) will move into the bye, likely Chicago.

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