AFC Playoff Picture Through Week 12

Intro: As the NFL calendar turns to December, there are 10 AFC teams either in, or within one game of a playoff spot. Who has the “easiest” schedule down the stretch?

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INDIANAPOLIS – Currently, the AFC playoff picture looks like this after 12 weeks:

  1. New England (10-1)
  1. Cincinnati (9-2)
  1. Denver (9-2)
  1. Indianapolis (6-5)
  1. Kansas City (6-5)
  1. Houston (6-5)

Here is the AFC playoff race with five games left in the regular season:

AFC EastPatriots (10-1, .400 remaining schedule)

Week 13: Eagles (4-7)

Week 14: @Texans (6-5)

Week 15: Titans (2-9)

Week 16: @Jets (6-5)

Week 17: @Dolphins (4-7)

Jets (6-5, .455 remaining schedule)

Week 13: @Giants (5-6)

Week 14: Titans (2-9)

Week 15: @Cowboys (3-8)

Week 16: Patriots (10-1)

Week 17: @Bills (5-6)Bills (5-6, .436 remaining schedule)

Week 13: Texans (6-5)

Week 14: @Eagles (4-7)

Week 15: @Redskins (5-6)

Week 16: Cowboys (3-8)

Week 17: Jets (6-5)

AFC NorthBengals (9-2, .436 remaining schedule)

Week 13: @Browns (2-9)

Week 14: Steelers (6-5)

Week 15: @49ers (3-8)

Week 16: @Broncos (9-2)

Week 17: Ravens (4-7)

Steelers (6-5, .545 remaining schedule)

Week 13: Colts (6-5)

Week 14: @Bengals (9-2)

Week 15: Broncos (9-2)

Week 16: @Ravens (4-7)

Week 17: @Browns (2-9)

AFC SouthColts (6-5, .400 remaining schedule)

Week 13: @Steelers (6-5)

Week 14: @Jaguars (4-7)

Week 15: Texans (6-5)

Week 16: @Dolphins (4-7)

Week 17: Titans (2-9)

Texans (6-5, .491 remaining schedule)

Week 13: @Bills (5-6)

Week 14:  Patriots (10-1)

Week 15: @Colts (6-5)

Week 16: @Titans (2-9)

Week 17: Jaguars (4-7)**

AFC WestBroncos (9-2, .473 remaining schedule)**

Week 13: @Chargers (3-8)

Week 14: Raiders (5-6)

Week 15: @Steelers (6-5)

Week 16: Bengals (9-2)

Week 17: Chargers (3-8)

Chiefs (6-5, .345 remaining schedule)

Week 13: @Raiders (5-6)

Week 14:  Chargers (3-8)

Week 15: @Ravens (4-7)

Week 16: Browns (2-9)

Week 17: Raiders (5-6)**

Raiders (5-6, .564 remaining schedule)**

Week 13: Chiefs (6-5)

Week 14: @Broncos (9-2)

Week 15: Packers (7-4)

Week 16: Chargers (3-8)

Week 17: @Chiefs (6-5)

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