NFL 2012 Preview Part 5: Painting the Playoff Picture

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NFL 2012 Preview Part 5: Painting the Playoff Picture
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Finally, we have arrived at the juicy part. This is what the people want: playoff predictions.

If you haven't been following along with my six-day mega NFL preview (I don't blame you if you haven't, I'm sure it's been utterly exhausting), let me give you a quick rundown of the teams I think will be in playoff contention in 2012.

In the AFC, I have New England, San Diego, Baltimore and Houston all topping their respective divisions. In the wild card hunt, I have Oakland, Denver, Pittsburgh and Tennessee. 

From the NFC, Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago and New Orleans will be capturing the division crowns, with wild card chasers Dallas, San Francisco, Green Bay, Detroit and Tampa Bay hot on their heels.

Obviously I have listed far too many teams to actually be in the playoffs, but I will clear all that up very soon (explaining any necessary tiebreakers along the way).

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