Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sports: NFL (Week 9)

The playoff picture becomes clearer as we enter the second half of the NFL season. Teams have established their reign at the top and show potential matchups for the Super Bowl, but there is still a lot of football left and anything could happen. This week I'll take a look at some of the potential playoffs matchups.

AFC
There are two teams at the top of the AFC:
New England Patriots
Oakland Raiders

If their dominant records continue these two teams will get their first week off as a bye week. They both put away their divisional rivals in their last games, Patriots got a bye this week but beat the Bills, and the Raider faced off against the Broncos and triumphed on Sunday night. 

The other teams on top of their divisions:
Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens don't have a great record but they beat the Steeler to take the top spot in the AFC North. The Texans take a bye week but hold a tenuous lead in the NFC South. As of now, two teams from the AFC West: the Broncos and the Chiefs are in the wild card spots.

NFC
The two teams atop the NFC have 7 and 6 wins respectively:
Dallas Cowboys

Atlanta Falcons
The Cowboys look like a top team without much of a challenge from the last place Browns. The Falcons dispatched their divisional rival the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I'm partial to the Falcons but seeing the Cowboys win is fun too.
The other divisional leaders:
Seattle Seahawks

Minnesota Vikings
Seattle is a team that has surged later in seasons before and after a Monday night win against the Bills, I would not count them out. The Vikings have lost three straight games and could continue to sink from their undefeated start after another loss to the Lions and crucial injuries. The two Wild Card teams come from the NFC East: the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.

The competition will heat up as teams fight to stay alive. Some games I'm looking forward to in Week 10 that could be playoff games are Vikings vs Redskins, Cowboys vs Steelers, and Seahawks vs Patriots, a rematch of the Super Bowl two years ago.

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