Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
On the Bubble
Listed below are the top teams in each conference that are on the outside looking in come playoff time. The number attached is their current seeding.
7. Miami Dolphins (7-6)
Joe Philbin’s team had a “snow problem” with the weather in Pittsburgh on Sunday, hanging on for a 34-28 victory over the Steelers. The Dolphins ran for a season-high 181 yards, 105 of those yards by running back Daniel Thomas. But that loss to the Baltimore Ravens earlier this season continues to loom large.
Remaining Schedule: vs. Patriots (10-3), at Bills (4-9), vs. Jets (6-7)
8. San Diego Chargers (6-7)
Mike McCoy’s team refuses to go away. The Chargers played arguably their most complete game of the season in a 37-14 rout of the New York Giants. It’s been quite the turnaround season for quarterback Philip Rivers, who threw three more touchdown passes on Sunday.
Remaining Schedule: at Broncos (11-2), vs. Raiders (4-9), vs. Chiefs (10-3)
9. New York Jets (6-7)
Perhaps it wouldn’t be a Jets game without a Geno Smith interception. But the rookie signal-caller also threw for 219 yards and a score, and ran for 50 yards and a touchdown in his team’s 37-27 victory over the visiting Oakland Raiders. However, Rex Ryan’s unpredictable team owns a disappointing 3-7 record in the conference.
Remaining Schedule: at Panthers (9-4), vs. Browns (4-9), at Dolphins (7-6)
7. Arizona Cardinals (8-5)
Bruce Arians’ team rolled over the visiting St. Louis Rams, 30-10, the Cardinals’ first divisional win this season. It was another solid afternoon for quarterback Carson Palmer, and the Arizona defense limited the Rams to 257 total yards.
Remaining Schedule: at Titans (5-8), at Seahawks (11-2), vs. 49ers (9-4)
8. Chicago Bears (7-6)
Josh McCown and his teammates had their way with the Dallas Cowboys, 45-28, at Soldier Field on Monday night and are back tied with the Detroit Lions atop their division. But will that sweep at the paws of the Lions come back and haunt Marc Trestman’s club by season’s end?
Remaining Schedule: at Browns (4-9), at Eagles (8-5), vs. Packers (6-6-1)
9. Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
For the third time this season, Jason Garrett’s club allowed at least 45 points in a game as the Cowboys were rolled by the Chicago Bears on Monday night. The Dallas ground game was very efficient, but the defense continues to have major issues—that’s not going to get it done no matter how many points Tony Romo and Co. score.
Remaining Schedule: vs. Packers (6-6-1), at Redskins (3-10), vs. Eagles (8-5)
10. Green Bay Packers (6-6-1)
Mike McCarthy’s team finally got back into the win column thanks to the Atlanta Falcons. And while the Packers are sitting in third place in the NFC North, they’re still only half-a-game behind the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears for the division lead. And will we indeed see talented quarterback Aaron Rodgers anytime soon?
Remaining Schedule: at Cowboys (7-6), vs. Steelers (5-8), at Bears (7-6)