6 Stats & Qualities That Separate the NFL's Contenders & Pretenders

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6 Stats & Qualities That Separate the NFL's Contenders & Pretenders

We are entering the home stretch in the 2012-13 NFL season, and the playoffs are starting to take shape. There is still plenty of jockeying to be done, but we all know at least some of the teams that will be playing well into January.

Out of all the teams currently in playoff position—plus the first one currently outside-looking-in from each conference—who are the pretenders and the contenders? What makes them special or mirages? 

Here is a list of six components of a contender and the teams that fit the bill in each one. 

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