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Four AFC teams can clinch playoffs spots this week

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02:41 PM ET 11.27 | All the Broncos need to do is beat the Buccaneers, in Denver, to wrap up the AFC West, or . If the Broncos tied, a Chargers loss would still make Denver the division winner. A Chargers loss to the Bengals would also do it for Denver. All the Patriots have to do to claim the team's usual spot on top of the AFC East is beat the Dolphins in Miami. Baltimore can guarantee themselves a playoff spot with a win over the Steelers this week. The Ravens will win the AFC North with a victory over and a Bengals loss to the Chargers. Because ties aren't as far fetched as they used to be, the Ravens would need a Bengals loss and a Dolphins loss to clinch a playoff spot in the AFC if this week's game ends in a draw. Houston, which owns the best record in the NFL, cannot bring home the AFC South crown yet because of those pesky Colts. Those two teams play twice in the final three weeks of the season. A win, or even a tie, would give the 10-1 Texans a playoff spot. If Houston cannot beat the Titans - stop laughing - the Texans can still clinch a postseason invitation with a Miami loss or tie and either a Pittsburgh or Cincinnati loss or tie. If the Bengals and Steelers both lose, the Texans can also clinch a spot in the playoffs.

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November 27, 2012  03:47 PM ET
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AFC Rules !!!

But NFC wins the trophy

November 27, 2012  05:35 PM ET

San Francisco-New England Super Bowl is looking really good right now! Best team in the AFC right now has to be New England... they can score from anywhere with anyone. And once Gronk comes back? Could be unbeatable. Can't see Houston or Baltimore stopping the Pats right now.

November 27, 2012  07:46 PM ET

This isn't about strong teams. It's about weak teams, and how many of them there are. Every AFC division leader is 3 or 4 games ahead of their closest rival. The only action after this weekend will be for the wildcard.

November 27, 2012  10:11 PM ET
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This isn't about strong teams. It's about weak teams, and how many of them there are. Every AFC division leader is 3 or 4 games ahead of their closest rival. The only action after this weekend will be for the wildcard.

And nothing to lose teams upsetting the balance. And strong players with weak nerves.

November 28, 2012  07:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

AFC Rules !!!

Only within their division.

November 28, 2012  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

San Francisco-New England Super Bowl is looking really good right now! Best team in the AFC right now has to be New England... they can score from anywhere with anyone. And once Gronk comes back? Could be unbeatable. Can't see Houston or Baltimore stopping the Pats right now.

NE already beat Denver once, but Denver has come a long way since then. The Broncos have the best shot at knocking them off.

 
November 28, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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Best team in the AFC right now has to be New England... they can score from anywhere with anyone. And once Gronk comes back? Could be unbeatable. Can't see Houston or Baltimore stopping the Pats right now.

I can see any of the other current division leaders beating the Pats, on the right day. Denver will have to outscore them. Baltimore does a good job of keeping the score low. Houston might have the best chance.

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