NFL playoff picture: Who's in, who's out?

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Nov 10, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; A salute to veterans logo on an NFL football during the second half between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field. Jacksonville won 29-27. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Week 10 of the 2013 NFL season is almost in the books, which means the playoff picture is beginning to get clearer by the day. We all know who the best teams around the league are, but there the Wild Card pictures in both the AFC and NFC are getting interesting.

Thanks to a few upsets and some teams that were previously in the mix going down, there are a number of teams that remain alive with 7 weeks to go until the postseason kicks off.

Here is a look at the teams who would be in the postseason, if it began today:

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Tags: Arizona Cardinals Carolina Panthers Chicago Bears Cincinnati Bengals Dallas Cowboys Denver Broncos Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers Indianapolis Colts Kansas City Chiefs New England Patriots New Orleans Saints New York Jets NFL Philadelphia Eagles San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks St. Louis Rams

  • SmartThinking

    The Cowboys’ loss in New Orleans was a sad, unfortunate, disappointing portend of things to come for this team. Garrett tossed his gameplan early for some reason known only to him when the team was actually executing a fairly effective offensive. The Dallas offense, inexplicably, chose to play away from their strongest suit, which has been their passing game, in favor of a running attack (I suppose that’s what you call it). And the Dallas defense gave up a record 625 combined yards to the Saints, a team ranked, what, ninth overall. What I saw last night was chaos on both sides of the ball. For awhile, the team had more penalty yardage than rushing yardage. That speaks directly to a lack of discipline. And that speaks to poor coaching. Simply put, Garrett was out-coached and the Cowboys were out-played. At season’ send, Garrett and his complete coaching staff should be, if not terminated outright, then given only one more year to get control of this team and reinstate discipline. Before this game I gave Dallas a chance at the division title. What I saw last night from this team was a disintentgration of effectiveness at nearly every position. Penalties are the result of bad play and poor discipline. Dallas showed both. Let’s hope that, during the bye week, Garrett and his coaches can figure out how to re-gain control and regroup whatever is left of this team and spend some time on helping the players find the strength to play respectably for the rest of the season. Based on what I witnessed last night, all bets are off regarding Dallas sweeping the division, particularly with the game Philadelphia played. In the condition they’re in right now, both physically and mentally, it’ll take all they’ve got to get past New York and Oakland. This team is broken right now. The coaches’ schemes are ineffective. The players have lost faith in their coaches’ ability to scheme an effective gameplan. This mess is the lowest I’ve ever seen this team in its history and if they can’t get it together during the bye, then the remainder of this season is going to be significantly uglier than what we’ve seen from them so far. There’s still hope. But after last night, not very much.

  • epgenius

    How can you possibly say all the AFC division leaders have comfortable leads? The Broncos are one game back from the Chiefs and the Chiefs haven’t played a quality opponent since week 2! I honestly don’t know who will win next Sunday but the Chiefs’ lead can only be described as tenuous at best.

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