So what do I think is really going to happen. I think my pipe dream about Peyton Manning and the Colts' deep run in the postseason is just that—but they do get into the playoffs. Kansas City has an easy schedule the rest of the way and manages to keep their lead, keeping the San Diego Chargers at home. Initial seeding shapes up like this:
- New England
- Kansas City
- New York Jets
Wild card weekend gets you:
- Baltimore at Kansas City
- New York at Indianapolis
I would take both road teams—Ravens over the Chiefs and the Jets [even though I have zero confidence in them] over the Colts. The divisional games would then set up as follows:
- New York at New England
- Baltimore at Pittsburgh
This would be a great weekend of football. We are looking at two games in which the word hate is not an exaggeration. Both pairs have already split their season series, so I would expect battles in each game with third time matchups in a season being impossible to call.
Call me crazy, but I think that of anyone the Jets have the best chance to knock off the Patriots considering how well they know each other. The Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore rematch is a coin flip, but since the Steelers seem to beat the Ravens when they need to the most, I'm going to take the Steelers.
The AFC Championship gets settled in Pittsburgh against the Jets.
AFC Champion: Pittsburgh Steelers