The Chiefs are still solid favorites to win the West. But after dropped four of five including a pathetic effort Sunday at the Giants coming off their bye, when prior Andy Reid-coached teams had been 16-2, they can’t be taken seriously any longer. While the Jaguars are an impressive 7-3, does anyone really see Blake Bortles beating the Pats or Steelers in the playoffs?
It’s hard to imagine the Week 15 meeting in Pittsburgh between the Steelers and Patriots not being a preview of the AFC title game.
In the NFC, the Eagles, Saints, Panthers, Vikings and Rams are all still teams to be taken very seriously — with only the Seahawks and Falcons appearing to have realistic hopes of knocking one of them out of a playoff spot.
The Lions and Cowboys can still argue the math but their obvious flaws make them more likely imposters than imposing.
And while the Seahawks and Falcons are dangerous birds, there is clearly some mojo missing in Atlanta, and does anyone really see the Seahawks hanging on with that offensive line and both Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor done for the year?
As impressive as the Rams are, it was just this past weekend the Vikings put them in their place, leaving Philly, New Orleans, Minnesota and Carolina in the hunt for top seeds.