Tom Brady and the New England Patriots got a key win over Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night in Pittsburgh, but the biggest win of Week 10 was the one Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons earned at home against the Baltimore Ravens on the first Thursday night of the NFL season. The winners of each contest appear well-positioned to make a run at home-field advantage in their respective conferences. The losers find themselves in a fight just to have a single home playoff game.
Such is the life of an NFL franchise in a league fraught with parity and flawed powerhouses. The playoff picture will remain murky and unresolved all the way until the final game of Week 17, but a few things are beginning to become clear.
Therefore, let's take a look at the prospective NFL playoff picture by laying out 10 of the most likely playoff pictures that could materialize, ranked from least to most probable.