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Posted Nov 27, 2012

AFC-NFC NEWS AND NOTES


AFC NOTES

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE TAKING SHAPE

The countdown begins as the NFL calendar turns to December. 

 

Among the teams seeking to strengthen their position in the AFC playoff race are the Indianapolis Colts (7-4), who have already made a five-win improvement from a 2-14 record in 2011. The Colts, who aim to reach the postseason for the 10th time in the past 11 seasons, travel to Detroit to face the Lions in Week 13 (CBS, 1:00 PM ET). 

 

“It’s December, but the process is still the same,” says Colts interim head coach and offensive coordinator BRUCE ARIANS. “Stay with it one play at a time, one day at a time and don’t get caught up in all that. The team philosophy is that we just keep winning. Just stay within the moment.”

 

Following is the remaining strength of schedule for the eight AFC teams either in or within one game of a playoff spot:

 

AFC EAST

 

 

TEAM

NEW ENGLAND (8-3)

MIAMI (5-6)

OPP. RECORD

30-24-1 (.555)

30-24-1 (.555)

WEEK 13

at Miami (5-6)

New England (8-3)

WEEK 14

Houston (10-1)

at San Francisco (8-2-1)

WEEK 15

San Francisco (8-2-1)

Jacksonville (2-9)

WEEK 16

at Jacksonville (2-9)

Buffalo (4-7)

WEEK 17

Miami (5-6)

at New England (8-3)

 

AFC NORTH

 

 

TEAM

BALTIMORE (9-2)

PITTSBURGH (6-5)

CINCINNATI (6-5)

OPP. RECORD

32-23 (.582)

27-28 (.491)

27-28 (.491)

WEEK 13

Pittsburgh (6-5)

at Baltimore (9-2)

at San Diego (4-7)

WEEK 14

at Washington (5-6)

San Diego (4-7)

Dallas (5-6)

WEEK 15

Denver (8-3)

at Dallas (5-6)

at Philadelphia (3-8)

WEEK 16

New York Giants (7-4)

Cincinnati (6-5)

at Pittsburgh (6-5)

WEEK 17

at Cincinnati (6-5)

Cleveland (3-8)

Baltimore (9-2)

 

AFC SOUTH

 

 

TEAM

HOUSTON (10-1)

INDIANAPOLIS (7-4)

OPP. RECORD

32-23 (.582)

29-26 (.527)

WEEK 13

at Tennessee (4-7)

at Detroit (4-7)

WEEK 14

at New England (8-3)

Tennessee (4-7)

WEEK 15

Indianapolis (7-4)

at Houston (10-1)

WEEK 16

Minnesota (6-5)

at Kansas City (1-10)

WEEK 17

at Indianapolis (7-4)

Houston (10-1)

 

AFC WEST

 

TEAM

DENVER (8-3)

OPP. RECORD

22-33 (.400)

WEEK 13

Tampa Bay (6-5)

WEEK 14

at Oakland (3-8)

WEEK 15

at Baltimore (9-2)

WEEK 16

Cleveland (3-8)

WEEK 17

Kansas City (1-10)

 

 


NFC NOTES

PLAYOFF RACES IN FULL SWING AS NFC CLUBS VIE FOR POSITION

 

As the NFL enters Week 13, there are 19 teams either in or within one game of a playoff spot, including 11 in the NFC.

 

The Minnesota Vikings have the toughest remaining schedule among those NFC clubs, facing opponents with a combined 36-18-1 (.664) mark.

 

The remaining strength of schedule for the 11 NFC teams either in or within one game of a playoff spot:

 

NFC EAST

 

TEAM

NEW YORK GIANTS (7-4)

DALLAS (5-6)

WASHINGTON (5-6)

OPP. RECORD

32-23 (.582)

25-30 (.455)

27-28 (.491)

WEEK 13

at Washington (5-6)

Philadelphia (3-8)

New York Giants (7-4)

WEEK 14

New Orleans (5-6)

at Cincinnati (6-5)

Baltimore (9-2)

WEEK 15

at Atlanta (10-1)

Pittsburgh (6-5)

at Cleveland (3-8)

WEEK 16

at Baltimore (9-2)

New Orleans (5-6)

at Philadelphia (3-8)

WEEK 17

Philadelphia (3-8)

at Washington (5-6)

Dallas (5-6)

 

NFC NORTH

 

TEAM

CHICAGO (8-3)

GREEN BAY (7-4)

MINNESOTA (6-5)

OPP. RECORD

27-28 (.491)

28-27 (.509)

36-18-1 (.664)

WEEK 13

Seattle (6-5)

Minnesota (6-5)

at Green Bay (7-4)

WEEK 14

at Minnesota (6-5)

Detroit (4-7)

Chicago (8-3)

WEEK 15

Green Bay (7-4)

at Chicago (8-3)

at St. Louis (4-6-1)

WEEK 16

at Arizona (4-7)

Tennessee (4-7)

at Houston (10-1)

WEEK 17

at Detroit (4-7)

at Minnesota (6-5)

Green Bay (7-4)

 

NFC SOUTH

 

TEAM

ATLANTA (10-1)

TAMPA BAY (6-5)

NEW ORLEANS (5-6)

OPP. RECORD

25-30 (.455)

30-24-1 (.555)

31-24 (.564)

WEEK 13

New Orleans (5-6)

at Denver (8-3)

at Atlanta (10-1)

WEEK 14

at Carolina (3-8)

Philadelphia (3-8)

at New York Giants (7-4)

WEEK 15

New York Giants (7-4)

at New Orleans (5-6)

Tampa Bay (6-5)

WEEK 16

at Detroit (4-7)

St. Louis (4-6-1)

at Dallas (5-6)

WEEK 17

Tampa Bay (6-5)

at Atlanta (10-1)

Carolina (3-8)

 

NFC WEST

 

TEAM

SAN FRANCISCO (8-2-1)

SEATTLE (6-5)

OPP. RECORD

27-27-1 (.500)

28-25-2 (.527)

WEEK 13

at St. Louis (4-6-1)

at Chicago (8-3)

WEEK 14

Miami (5-6)

Arizona (4-7)

WEEK 15

at New England (8-3)

at Buffalo (in Toronto) (4-7)

WEEK 16

at Seattle (6-5)

San Francisco (8-2-1)

WEEK 17

Arizona (4-7)

St. Louis (4-6-1)

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