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AFC Playoff Picture: Nine wins might not be enough

While the NFC South feels destined to send a six-win team into the playoffs, the entry fee in the AFC will be far steeper. Nine wins might not be enough.

One reason the lousy NFC South has been such a mess? Let's start with their disastrous cross-conference showing against the AFC North, a rough-and-tumble division with a 10-1-1 record against the NFC South.

Consider that the surprising Cleveland Browns are 7-4 and currently occupy last place in the North behind the Bengals (7-3-1), Ravens (7-4) and Steelers (7-4). NFL Media's Charley Casserly -- the former Redskins and Texans general manager -- told NFL Network on Tuesday that he's never seen a division this loaded so late in the year. Football fans roam in uncharted territory.

Beyond the North, the Chargers and Chiefs also boast seven wins, while the Dolphins and Bills remain in the hunt with six victories apiece. It's too early to predict how the top-heavy conference will shake out, but the glut of strong teams has set the table for one of the great stretch runs of our time.

We're in for a glorious December.

Here's what else we learned about the playoff race in Week 12:

Bills, Dolphins on the brink

Buffalo (6-5) looked sharp in Monday night's wipeout of the Jets, but the road ahead is brutal. After hosting the Browns on Sunday, the Bills close out against the Broncos, Packers, Raiders and Patriots. It's hard to take Buffalo seriously as a wild-card contender when the team will struggle to finish 9-7. Miami (6-5) has a much better chance to make a run with two games against the Jets and a home date against the Vikings. We'll find out if the 'Fins are playoff-ready, though, with back-to-back showdowns against the Ravens and Patriots starting in Week 14.

Bengals will be tested

Cincinnati sits half a game above the rest of the North, but the team's schedule is tricky. After Sunday's gift-wrapped date with the Bucs, the Bengals face the Steelers, Browns and Broncos before meeting Pittsburgh again in the finale. After sweeping Baltimore, Cincy has a better shot than anyone in the North to clear their own path into January while sticking a fork in division rivals.

But do we trust Andy Dalton and the Bengals to seal the deal? The Ravens look like a legitimate threat to the entire conference, while the Steelers -- in their peak moments -- can hang with anyone. The Browns are entirely unpredictable, but their 6-2 mark over the past eight games is better than any team in the division. This one's coming down to the end.

Wild Card déjà vu?

If the season ended today, the AFC Wild Card round would serve as a carbon copy of last year's affair, with the Bengals hosting the Chargers and the Chiefs visiting the Colts. The team we don't trust is San Diego. The Bolts face a slate from **** with tilts against the Ravens, Patriots, Broncos, 49ers and Chiefs.

Kansas City's schedule is equally dodgy. Coming off an abysmal loss to Oakland, Andy Reid's club has the Broncos on Sunday, followed by the Cardinals, Raiders and Steelers before a potentially huge finale with San Diego. My guess: Both the Chargers and Chiefs miss the playoffs. We're going to see three teams from the North invited to the winter party.

Two kings

We've come this far without saying much about the Patriots (9-2) or Broncos (8-3). Why? Barring an epic collapse, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning feel destined to tug their teams into first-round byes (again). Denver's challenge, though, is catching New England and finishing with a better record after Bill Belichick and friends flattened the Broncos in Week 9.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast recaps every Sunday game from Week 12 and discusses Ryan Tannehill's progression. Find more Around The NFL content on NFL NOW.

Wow this season will haunt all of us for ever. This is like 4 black eyes on the South.

Welcome to the NFC South rule that says 6 wins is no longer able to host a playoff game or even make the playoffs.

Take us out behind the barn and put us out our misery like old yellow. Its the humane thing to do. End the suffering.

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Breaking news soon. Fox is considering not hosting the South post season game in favor of showing reruns of the Simpsons Christmas special.

(its gonna happen watch. They will ask for a refund from the NFL for that game. Pirates are debating airing porn instead of the game.)

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Or you can ruin your draft selection, I'll sit cozy with a new shiny WR (Amari Cooper) or OG (La'El Collins).

Seriously. I'm good.

You're not that good because WFW is already thinking about his tactics during the off season. You know supposed SB team (saints only winning 6 games), Payton is stale, swampers are delirious, the Byrd signing Loomissed y'all...you know shyt like that!

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This sounds like one of those AFC fans who is living in the past and still wants to pretend the AFC is the better conference. I remember for several years after 2006 we kept hearing about AFC Superioriy, even though it had long past.

The NFC Wildcard picture is tough too, the guy made it sound like the whole NFC Conference is inferior. It is only the South in the NFC that is doing really bad, and while they are worse than all AFC divisions, they are also worse than all NFC Divisions.

I think it may be time for AFC fans to get over delusions of their overall conference being superior.

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You're not that good because WFW is already thinking about his tactics during the off season. You know supposed SB team (saints only winning 6 games), Payton is stale, swampers are delirious, the Byrd signing Loomissed y'all...you know shyt like that!

And my comeback will be your "DT signings that will create a pass rush", your "return to glory", mike smith is and was not the right coach for you guys, and your 20 million dollar QB isn't that great.

There's a few others, but it'll be a fun offseason WFW

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The NFl media - yes you NFL Network

Is building up Tom Brady as the second coming

They same group that said the dynasty was dead against the Chiefs

If not Brady, Manning

Is the Cowboys their nfc team?

On the opening drive radio program they spent thirty minutes on what crap the nfc septic was

No mention of decimated o lines or d secondary

No mention the Saints lost 4 games by 9 total points

No mention Mike Smith gave away two ganes

No mention Riverboat Ron is missing a running back and star impact defender

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The only AFCN team that demolished us was Cincinnati and we jsut came out flat after the half when nothing was working.

That was the same Cincinnati team that went toe to toe with Carolina at Cincy.

The AFCN may have the "wins", but if its the Saints vs. AFCN Superbowl, I'll take my money on the Saints.

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Speaking of $20M QBs not playing well...

Ours has the 2nd worst pass protection in the league, gets paid less than your QB on a per year basis, and still put up better numbers in:

passer rating, YPG, Y/A, completion%, and TDs. Only slightly behind on TD:INT ratio (2.0 vs. 2.1)

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Ours has the 2nd worst pass protection in the league, gets paid less than your QB on a per year basis, and still put up better numbers in:

passer rating, YPG, Y/A, completion%, and TDs. Only slightly behind on TD:INT ratio (2.0 vs. 2.1)

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It was your QB`s fault we started seeing all these 100 mill dollar deals.

That used to be only for the elite Payton F`ING Manning and Tom "mr perfectection" Brady.

Brees screwed it up for everyone when he got his deal.

But now Brees wants to play until he is 105. Why you might ask? Because he sees all these new QB`s gonna get more money than him and his ego cant handle it. He wants to restructure. More now upfront. Maybe 50 mill in the first year would make brees happy.

Loomis magic backfired.

Even Cam is gonna make more than Brees and Brees is gonna **** bricks.

Brees had his chance. When he had his Oline. He took it for granted while taking all the credit and breaking all his records. being the savior of the Saints. Now he is just a fallen angel. More sinner than Saint. Greed is 1 of the 7 deadly sins and Brees is full of it.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

- Yoda

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“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

- Yoda

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It was your QB`s fault we started seeing all these 100 mill dollar deals.

That used to be only for the elite Payton F`ING Manning and Tom "mr perfectection" Brady.

Brees screwed it up for everyone when he got his deal.

But now Brees wants to play until he is 105. Why you might ask? Because he sees all these new QB`s gonna get more money than him and his ego cant handle it. He wants to restructure. More now upfront. Maybe 50 mill in the first year would make brees happy.

Loomis magic backfired.

Even Cam is gonna make more than Brees and Brees is gonna **** bricks.

Brees had his chance. When he had his Oline. He took it for granted while taking all the credit and breaking all his records. being the savior of the Saints. Now he is just a fallen angel. More sinner than Saint. Greed is 1 of the 7 deadly sins and Brees is full of it.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

- Yoda

0a77d2f9fde57bfcb1fe6e122d86d672_zps7a74

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

- Yoda

Bwahahahahahaha! Ahh man, this is good. I only have one request to make this perfect.......please tell me you really believe this, please!

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And Ryan in 3 years will probably be in the same spot he is now. Time is winding down and the pressure to win the big one is increasing. At Brees current age, we already know the end is coming. But Brees doesn't have to worry about getting the monkey off his back, Ryan does.

In 3 years Ryan will still be in the prime of his career. Brees, not so much.

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In 3 years Ryan will still be in the prime of his career. Brees, not so much.

Faulty logic DD. Every player must retire. Brees has been magic in his time in New Orleans. If he retires in three years, so be it. He owns many NFL records and has hoisted the Lombardi. He will go down as the greatest Saints player ever. And for that all Saints fans are eternally grateful.

Will Matt Ryan match Drew Brees' accomplishments during his career? That remains to be seen, but at this point it seems unlikely at best.

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