The weather has turned chilly across much of America. Snow is falling across the northern states, and holiday decorations are as ubiquitous as reality TV shows.
For football fans, these facts can only mean one thing—it's almost playoff time.
With just a few more weeks to go in the regular season, there is still much to be determined about how things are going to shake out.
There are no undefeated teams making a run at immortality this season, nor are there any sad-sack winless clubs making a run at ignominy. But there is still a multitude of juicy story lines to salivate over.
As in every season, some of the expected contenders have fallen by the wayside, while other surprise teams have stepped up to take their place.
So, without further ado, let's dig in ...