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Temporarily, at least, the Patriots reclaimed the top spot in the conference after winning their eighth consecutive game. (The Steelers don't play until Monday night.) One week remains before what likely will be the AFC (seedings) championship game -- with New England and Pittsburgh facing off in Week 15 at Heinz Field. Before that, however, the Patriots could wrap up the AFC East with a win next Monday at Authentic Melky Cabrera Jersey Miami or a Bills loss at home to the Colts.
A win Monday night at Cincinnati would allow the Steelers to keep up with the Patriots and preserve the http://www.buccaneersshopnfljersey.com/Brent-Grimes-Jersey significance of the teams' Week 15 matchup. Because there is not yet a head-to-head result and both teams would have identical 7-1 conference records, the temporary tiebreaker would remain their record against common opponents. The Steelers have the edge there, but that tiebreaker won't be relevant after Week 15, barring a tie in that game. Look for an update Monday night.
The Titans retained their spot atop the division -- a lead based for now on their Week 2 victory over the Jaguars -- and now head into a stretch that could result in their first division title in nine seasons. Their next two opponents, the Cardinals and 49ers, have a combined 7-17 record. Then the Titans finish with two games at Nissan Stadium, against the Rams and the Jaguars. If they're within one game of Jacksonville in Week 17, they can clinch the division with a season-ending win.
The Chiefs officially have no more breathing room http://www.officialwarriorsteamshop.com/Authentic-David-West-Jersey in what once appeared to be a runaway race for the AFC West title. Their loss to the Jets, combined with wins by the Raiders and Chargers, has created a three-way tie atop the division.
If the season ended Sunday night, the Chiefs would still win the division, based on a better division record. They have one further advantage: They will host the Raiders and Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium during the next two weeks. That's why ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) gives them a better chance to win the division -- about 50 percent -- than either the Chargers or Raiders.
The Jaguars already have secured their first non-losing season since 2010 and appear destined for their first playoff berth since 2007. FPI is projecting a nearly 100 percent likelihood of at least a wild-card appearance, given the lackluster AFC field. They are at least two games up, Womens Cedric Thornton Jersey with four to play, on the four teams closest to them in the race. And as noted earlier, they remain very much in the AFC South title discussion.
Three consecutive victories have allowed the Ravens to climb above .500 and into a decent spot in the wild-card race. The degree of difficulty will rise in Week 14, when they'll travel to Pittsburgh, where they have lost three of their past four. But their schedule lightens up thereafter, with a game at the Browns (0-12), followed by home dates against the Colts (3-9) and Bengals (5-6).
The Eagles’ loss Sunday night gave them a record identical to the Vikings, but Minnesota would win the tiebreaker at the moment because of a superior strength of victory. Minnesota's winning streak extended to eight games with Sunday’s triumph in Atlanta,
and for the first time in this space, we’ll note that home-field advantage in the playoffs for the Vikings would extend to the Super Bowl -- to be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. No matter what happens with the top seed, FPI is giving the Vikings nearly a 90 percent chance to have a first-round bye. The Vikings' game next week at the Panthers is a major opportunity to bolster future tiebreakers with the Eagles for conference record and common opponents.
The Eagles stumbled at the start of what was already going to be the most difficult portion of their schedule. They got knocked around by the Seahawks, snapping a nine-game winning streak, and missed a chance to clinch the NFC East. They’ll have another opportunity in Week 14, but it Authentic Levine Toilolo Jersey will have to come against an equally difficult opponent in the Rams. The Eagles are making the playoffs, almost certainly as http://www.minnesotavikingsauthorizedproshop.com/linval-joseph-jersey-elite the NFC East champions, but it won’t come as easy as they might have hoped.
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