AFC 1. Indy (14-0) South Champions, #1 seed 2. San Diego (11-3) West Champions, can clinch #2 seed with a win/tie OR a NE loss/tie
3. New England (9-5) East leaders (6-4 conf record, 0.424 SoV) will win the div with win/tie OR Miami loss/tie 4. Cincinnati (9-5) North leaders (6-4 conf record, 0.413 SoV) will win the div with win OR tie and Baltimore loss/tie OR Baltimore loss. Can clinch a playoff berth with a tie OR Jax loss/tie and a NY Jets loss/tie and Miami/Houston tie 5. Baltimore (8-6) beat Denver, will clinch a playoff berth with: a win and a Jax/loss tie and a NY Jets loss/tie OR a win and a Jax loss/tie and a Den loss OR a win and a Miami loss/tie and a NY Jets loss/tie and a Denver loss OR a tie and a NY Jets loss and a Jax loss and a Ten loss/tie and Miami/Houston ties 6. Denver (8-6) lost to Baltimore, can clinch a playoff berth with a win and a Jax loss/tie and a Miami loss/tie and a NY Jets loss/tie and a Pitt loss/tie
7. Miami (7-7) (5-5 conf record, swept NY Jets, beat Jacksonville) 8. Jacksonville (7-7) (6-4 conf record, 3-1 vs Tenn and Hou, split games with Tenn, 3-3 div record, 6-4 conf record, beat NY Jets) 9. NY Jets (7-7) (swept by Miami, Tenn lost to them and Pitt, 5-5 conf record) 10. Pittsburgh (7-7) (4-6 conf record, beat Tenn) 11. Tennessee (7-7) (lost to NY Jets and Pitt, 4-7 conf record, 2-2 vs Jax & Hou, split with Jax and Hou, 2-4 div record)
12. Houston (7-7) (1-3 vs Jax & Tenn, swept by Jax, split with Tenn, 1-5 div record) 13. w-Oakland (5-9) (4-6 conf record) 14. w-Buffalo (5-9) (3-8 conf record) 15. w-Cleveland (3-11) (beat KC) 16. w-Kansas City (3-11) (lost to Cleveland)
1st round byes #1 Indy (14-0), #2 San Diego (11-3)
Wildcard weekend #6 Denver (8-6) @ #3 New England (9-5) #5 Baltimore (8-6) @ #4 Cincinnati (9-5)
Step-by-step breakdown of the 7-7 teams
Div tie breakers 1. Miami beat the Jets twice 2. Jax split head to head with Tenn, swept Houston and went 3-1 in the mini conference. After eliminating Houston, they split Tenn so they win on div record, 3-3 vs 2-4 3. Pitt was all alone in the North
Between those 3 div leaders, Pitt was 4-6 in the conference, so we go again between Miami and Jax. Miami beat Jax so they get the #7 seed
Now, we compare the Jets, Pitt, and Jax. Pitt has a 4-6 conf record, so we dump them and go again between the Jets and Jax. Jax beat the Jets, so they get #8
South tie breaker: 1. Tenn split Hou 2. Tenn has a 2-4 div record vs Hou 1-5
We compare the Jets, Pitt and Tenn. Tenn lost to both Jets and Pitt, so we dump them and compare the Jets and Pitt. Jets have a 5-5 conf record vs Pitt's 4-6, so the Jets get the #9 seed
Now we compare Pitt and Tenn and Pitt beat Tenn, so they get the #10 seed
Tenn split Hou and has a 2-4 div record vs Hou's 1-5 so they get the #11 and #12 respectively.
NFC 1. New Orleans (13-1) South Champions, will clinch #1 seed with win/tie OR Minn loss/tie 2. Minnesota (11-3) North Champions, will clinch #2 seed with win and Phil loss/tie OR tie and a Phil loss
3. Philadelphia (10-4) East leader, clinched playoff berth, will clinch div with a win and Dallas loss/tie OR tie and a Dallas loss 4. Arizona (9-5) West Champions 5. Green Bay (9-5) (beat Dallas) can clinch a playoff berth with a win and a NY Giants loss/tie OR a win and Dallas loss OR a tie and NY Giants loss 6. Dallas (9-5) (lost to Green Bay) can clinch a playoff berth with a win and NY Giants loss/tie OR a tie and a NY Giants loss
Two consecutive first-round picks for San Francisco? Watch both of them hold out, miss games, then the Niners sign them both for about what they were offering anyways... then turn towards Gregg Easterbrook as his head explodes in a mushroom cloud that'll be visible from Buenos Aires.
You wanted the best, you got... the Out of Context Quote of the Week.
"Besides, you already had me at "Blood and semen."" (Zeruel)
Not only did the Bears trade away their pick for Cutler, they've also traded their 2nd round pick in '10 for still-not-living-up-to-it DE Gaines Adams.
I'm wondering if there's an angle with next season being uncapped, did the Bears dump their high picks just to avoid the holdouts that will ensue for rookies & agents trying to cash in one last time vs. the possible rookie pay scale of a new agreement that could start in '11?
(Okay, being the Bears, I'm really thinking they're trying to duck the bigger contracts before a possible rookie pay scale starting in '11.)
How long does any coach really have in today's NFL? When two expansion franchises got to their Conference Championship games in their second year of existence, that just raises the stakes. The Browns got destroyed last week and have showed no fire.