The 2012 postseason is still six weeks away. However, six of the eight divisional races are all but over. The Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos are all near locks to win their respective divisions. Furthermore, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears are both 7-3 atop the NFC North and will play the rest of the season to determine who wins the division and who earns a Wild Card berth.
At this point of the season, the playoff picture is coming into focus and we are starting to see the cream rise to the top. The Packers have overcome their early struggles, Peyton Manning is tearing up the league again and the New York Giants are in the midst of their annual November collapse.
It's that time of year again, folks.
In the next six weeks, we will finally determine who is for real in 2012 and who was a preseason mirage. As football fans, this is what we live for. These next six weeks are what make it worth getting out of bed during the dog days of summer to see if your team made a roster move, or how their first-round draft pick looks in mini-camp.
It's going to be a wild ride to the conclusion of the 2012 season. Let's take a look at four bold, yet realistic predictions that may come as a surprise to fans.