The AFC playoff picture is starting to become a little clearer with the Week 15 action. There are plenty of NFL playoff scenarios but these two teams have clinched a spot -- New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots are on track to be the top seed and it looks like the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens are the team to beat in the wildcard race right now.
Here's how the AFC playoff picture is shaping up:
AFC East: The Patriots have this thing wrapped up. They'll be division champs and barring something unexpected they'll be the No. 1 seed in the AFC with homefield advantage throughout. Second place in the AFC East is quite good as well. The 10-4 New York Jets beat the 10-4 Pittsburgh Steelers this week so they're holding tight in the wildcard race.
AFC North: This is getting a little more interesting with the Steelers loss and the Baltimore Ravens victory over the New Orleans Saints. Both are now 10-4 as we enter the final two weeks of the season. Right now, the Steelers hold the tiebreaker and they would win the division if the season ended today. We'll see how these two finish down the stretch but, either way, it looks like they'll both get in whether it be by winning the division or wildcard. The Steelers have already clinched a playoff spot.
AFC South: The Jacksonville Jaguars could have won the division if they beat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday but they failed to do so and perhaps lost their playoffs hopes. The Colts now control the division and would be the division winner if the season ended today. Jacksonville needs Indy to screw up once down the stretch because the wildcard is unlikely for them.
AFC West: The Kansas City Chiefs stayed one game ahead of the San Diego Chargers as we enter the final stretch. The Chiefs need to win out to secure a playoff bid while the Chargers, who hold most tiebreakers with the Chiefs, need Kansas City to slip up.
Wildcard: The AFC wildcards are coming down to the Jets and Ravens. Right now, the 10-4 Jets and 10-4 Ravens have breathing room on the 8-6 Chargers and Jaguars. If I'm a betting man, I'm going with the Jets and Ravens as your two wildcards.
If the playoffs started today: The No. 1 seed would be the Patriots and the No. 2 seed would be the Steelers and both teams would get a first round bye. The third seed Chiefs would be hosting the Jets and the Colts would host the Ravens.