2010 NFL Playoff Picture: Which Teams Are Swimming and Sinking after Week 14?

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2010 NFL Playoff Picture: Which Teams Are Swimming and Sinking after Week 14?
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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, or so the saying goes.

Sitting back in a cozy recliner somewhere, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is smiling at his preseason brilliance.

It isn't unlike a man with power to relish in his own intelligence, but the creativity of Goodell's 2010 league schedule has been successful in separating the "great" from the "garden variety" all season long.

Give yourself a round of applause, Mr. Commissioner.

Drawing down to the bare minimum of the NFL season with three weeks remaining, fans now prepare for a few nervous weeks ahead of Christmas as they await the fate of their beloved teams' possible playoff campaigns this season.

What do these faithful folks have to rely on in the dying stages of such a roller-coaster season?

A pinch of uncertainty, a handful of missed field goals and nightmares of fumbling on that last-minute overtime play in Week 17.

Yes, the difference between playing football in January and hitting the links at Pebble Beach are now on the line as Week 15 approaches.  But before we jump ahead into next week's action and focus on the games ahead, let's examine what Week 14 has provided us with and take a look at who is swimming and sinking with three weeks remaining.

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