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NFL Playoff Picture 2013 - AFC Week 7

The NFL season is closing in on the midway point. It's still a little early to be really concentrating on the playoff picture, but we can still take a minute to consider the current standings in the AFC.

Scott Halleran


The NFL's Week 7 concluded last night, so we can now update our AFC Playoff Picture for the 2013 season. Yes, there are still 10 weeks of regular season football to play, and a lot will change during that time, but we will at least take a look at the current picture.

Last week, I mistakenly had the Denver Broncos in the top seed, with the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth spot. I missed a tie breaker, and the Chiefs should have been on top. This week, the Chiefs made it much easier, however, as they remain undefeated while the Broncos dropped Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis. Thus, the Chiefs remain in the top spot in the AFC.

Two games behind them, the other three division leaders all sit at 5-2, with the Cincinnati Bengals claiming the top three-team tie breaker with a better in conference winning percentage (.750). Then, the Indianapolis Colts (.600 AFC win percentage) win the same time breaker in the two-team system against the New England Patriots (.500), giving Indy the third seed and the Patriots the fourth.

Despite their 6-1 record, the Broncos fall into the fifth seed as the first Wildcard. The second Wildcard position stays in the AFC West at this point, with the San Diego Chargers claiming the last spot at 4-3, winning the tie breaker over the New York Jets on strength of victory.

The Jets are the first team on the wrong side of the postseason cut line at 4-3, while the Miami Dolphins are eighth at 3-3. After Miami, the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, and Cleveland Browns are all one game under .500 at 3-4. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders are 13th and 14th at 2-4 on the year, while the Houston Texans are 2-5 and 15th in the conference.

Finally, bringing up the rear are the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.

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