Only five weeks remain in the 2012 regular season and the playoff picture is beginning to see some clarity at the very top—although the same could not be said for some of the second-tier contenders. This trend is reflected in the newest installment of NFL playoff predictions.
Who is the best player from the 2011 NFL draft? Who is the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year? Your choices are the same. Aldon Smith, J.J. Watt, and Von Miller— 2011 selections who rank No. 1, 2 and 3 in sacks in 2012—lead three of the league’s best defenses on three of the league’s best teams.
But, as usual, quarterback play will truly determine the outcome down the stretch. Each of the 10 teams to be named in the coming slides simply cannot afford to have mediocre performances from their QBs.
My playoff predictions from three weeks ago look surprisingly robust (all things considered). Let’s see if the same could be said about this week’s predictions by season’s end.