Written by: Tre LyDay – Staff Writer (@trelyday03)
The Wild Card race is up for grabs in both the AFC and NFC. Even the Bills are technically in contention for a wild card spot. The two NFC spots are currently held by New York and Tampa Bay. In the AFC, the two wild card spots are held by Kansas City and Miami. The Ravens are the first one out, but can go from out to the three seed if they beat Pittsburgh on Sunday; same scenario for the Chiefs, if the Raiders were to lose to Indianapolis Saturday, and the Chiefs win they go from the five seed to the. So many scenarios, so little time, so for now we’ll just stick with who I think will end up with the final two spots.
Kansas City/Oakland Raiders
The five seed is most likely going to be commanded by one of these two teams. I have not the slightest clue which one it will be though. If the Chiefs win out, and the Raiders lose to either the Colts or Broncos then the Chiefs win the division, and the Raiders are stuck with the five seed. This two-team race is probably the most interesting one in the entire league, because either team can go from having a bye, to having to go on the road in the wild card round.
My gut tells me Baltimore is going to beat the Steelers on Christmas, which would give them the division lead. The Steelers would most likely catch a break in the wild card race, because Miami may not have Tannehill for the rest of the season and the Broncos are struggling. The Titans are going to win their division, and Houston is now a lost cause. So after all of that I think the Steelers are the only stable team left to take the last wild card spot.
New York Giants
This one is a wrap, at 10-4 the Giants are not only going to own the first wild card spot, but they still have a chance to win the division. The fact that the Giants are a wild card with the level of defense they’re playing should scare the rest of the NFC, because quite frankly I’m scared for them. No one knows how the Giants do it, they just get it done. Mostly because they have the better Manning.
Green Bay Packers
The rest of the NFC had their chance to bury the Packers and they didn’t do it. Now they’re in trouble, because Rodgers is vintage Rodgers again. They won’t win the division because that title will belong to the Lions, and Matt Stafford who was egregiously snubbed from the Pro-Bowl. The Packers are at home to the Vikings this week, and the way the Vikings have been spiraling out of control I don’t see any reason why the Packers won’t win. Tampa you guys had your chance in Dallas, and you blew it.