Mid-Season look at NFL Playoffs
The 2012 NFL Season is reaching the midway point of the season and the NFL Playoffs are beginning to take shape. This is the time when we begin looking at the bigger picture of things in terms of wins and losses. Every week wins and losses are important but many seem to think wins and losses aren’t as important in the beginning of the season since teams can recover.
Yet, looking at the playoff picture we could see a scenario where if it came down to it, the Seattle Seahawks could win the tiebreaker with the Green Bay Packers for the final NFC wild card spot based upon one call. That horrible call by the replacement officials in that Monday Night game could very well be the difference between making and missing the playoffs.
The AFC on the other hand, we may need to invent some new tiebreakers in order to understand the AFC playoff picture. The Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots are the only three teams above .500 with the next closest to them at 3-3. The AFC East was 3-3 heading into week seven, and it may only take a 8-8 record to win the AFC East. The AFC West as we know has always been and still is a weak division. To tell you exactly how weak the AFC is, the Cleveland Browns who have only one win on the season through seven weeks, still have a shot at making the playoffs as a wild card team.
Without any further ado, here is your look at the 2012 NFL Playoffs and the potential Wild Card games we would have if the playoffs started this weekend.
1. Houston Texans 6-1
2. Baltimore Ravens 5-2
3. New England Patriots 4-3
4. Denver Broncos 3-3
5. San Diego Chargers 3-3
6. Miami Dolphins 3-3
AFC Wild Card Games:
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
1. Atlanta Falcons 6-0
2. Chicago Bears 5-1
3. New York Giants 5-2
4. San Francisco 49ers 5-2
5. Minnesota Vikings 5-2
6. Green Bay Packers 4-3
NFC Wild Card Games:
Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants
Minnesota Vikings @ San Francisco 49ers
Mike Presley is a NFL Writer for The Penalty Flag. He is a graduate of the Carolina School of Broadcasting and hosts a weekly NFL show on 89.3 The Storm on Thursdays from 4PM-6PM called “The Front Seven.” Mike writes for the racing website www.hardcoreracefans.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikepresley64.