Disclaimer: I'm aware that any record after the next 2 weeks can be misleading, but let's get the predictions on AFC In short, the conference seems to be a 4 team race. 2 other teams will have a shot to make it to the pos season, but no teams really stand out. sure, cincy is 3-2, but do you trust them? Could miami make a move? I think the only real compeition will be thse 2 spots, the rest feel like solid picks. Pittsburgh lost more thaqn a game Thursday. They lost half their offensive line. Getting to the post season will require some healthy bodies. Still plenty of time for them to turn it around, but it has to be in the next week or two -- max. Houston Current Identity = Team to beat in the AFC Future Identity = Same. They are still the most balanced team (unless they lose 2) Trending = No where to go but down. They appear to be well rounded and the real deal Hosting a potentially dangerous Green Bay (they almost have nothing to lose and need to save their season. A win here makes them legitimate) team followed by Baltimore. We already know what they are, but if they win these 2 games, people will start talking about the perfect season and maybe with reason. Still, they still have a potential gauntlet to get through and this will be a highly tested group by the end of the season. Beating Baltimore means theyâ€™d have a leg up on them in the AFC. Baltimore Current Identity = Drivers Seat, but still need to prove they are the class of the AFC Future Identity = Letâ€™s wait and see what the Houston game holds. But, a shift has already happened in Baltimore, they are better offensively than defensively. Hosting a Dallas team that appears to be dead to the work. But this is a sporadic Dallas team. Capable of play from abysmal to elite (for 1 game only, they arenâ€™t consistent enough to be classified as elite). The week after they head to Houston. A win vs Dallas proves little. A win over Houston puts them in a good place. New England Current Identity = Great Offense, Defense could cost them the post season Future Identity = With the offense getting healthy, will anything change? Could they be more dangerous than what they are currently?. Thatâ€™s a real scary prospect. Especially with a young defensive team that shows it can improve. At Seattle and then hosting a lackluster and gimpy NY Jets team. Letâ€™s forget about the Jets, unless something drastic happens, the AFCE is locked up with the Patriots at the top. For Seattle, this can be a pivotal moment where their already ranked #1 defense can look and say, we beat a top NFL offense. This makes them legitimate. If the Patriots can go on the road to the West Coast and pull out an impressive victory, they will be in a position to battle for the bye. Theyâ€™ll need help as Baltimore has the 1 game edge on them. San Diego Current Identity = What is their identity | Traditionally a slow starter, they could break the mold Future identity = In control of the division with a fighting chance for a bye Notorious slow starter is sitting at 3-2 Hosting division foe Denver. This game can literally send them in 2 directions. A Win puts them in a good place to potentially contend for a bye or at the very least hosting a playoff game. A loss sends them to the middle of the pack, still looking good for the playoffs, but not much chance of getting a bye. They have a bye week with the following 3 weeks against some very beatable teams. NFC Not going to do any breakdown, but the Giants @ 49ers is must see football this weekend. Should be smash mouth defensive football with enough offense to keep it all very entertaining. A win or loss can help or hurt as itâ€™s a conference game, but it may not settle anything for the long term. But both teams are in the same position. Leading their division, but tied as well. For San Fran, they share the lead with Arizona who hosts Buffalo. Should we go ahead and count that as a win for the Cardinals? For the Giants, the Eagles have a matchup with the car swiping Suh and the rest of the Detroit Lions. This is an out of conference game so a loss wouldnâ€™t sting as much.