There are already a handful of teams that have their tickets punched for the postseason.
However, when it comes down to the AFC North, the NFC West, and the Wild Cards, the playoff picture becomes a complete and utter mess.
Three teams—Baltimore, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh—are still in contention to win the AFC North. The Ravens and Bengals each control their own destiny, while the Steelers need to win out and get help in order to earn a home playoff game.
In the NFC East, there are also three teams still in contention to win the division. If either Dallas or Washington wins out, then the division will be settled. But there is still a glimmer of hope for the New York Giants to win the always-competitive division.
Let's put the playoff picture under the microscope and forecast the first-round playoff matchups.