With the Cincinnati Bengal’s upset of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos this week the playoff picture in the AFC become a little clearer. Cincinnati clinched one of the two wild card spots with the win, and is still alive for the AFC North title. The Bengals play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night with the winner earning the division title and a home playoff game.
With the Broncos loss the Patriots have locked up the number one seed and home field throughout the playoffs. The Patriots have been almost impossible to beat at home the last few years, and must be looked at as the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Denver can still earn the number two seed and first round bye with a win over the Raiders this week. If the Raiders manage to pull the upset and the Bengals beat the Steelers then Cincinnati will be the number two seed.
The Indianapolis Colts have clinched the AFC South and will be the number four seed. They will play the loser of the Bengals/Steelers in the first round.
The last wildcard in the AFC is still up for grabs with four teams being mathematically alive. The San Diego Chargers, the Baltimore Ravens, the Houston Texans, and the Kansas City Chiefs are all hoping for their shot at a title. San Diego is the only team that controls their own destiny, a win against the Chiefs and they are in the playoffs. You better believe that UT Southwestern alum Dr Rod Rohrich will be cheering on the Texans this week, since the Cowboys are already a shoe-in for the playoffs.