Although the lockout is still the engrossing area of the NFL at the moment, the most recent news reports are positive, signalling an end in the near future. According to Barry Wilner of the Associated Press, "Recent progress in labor talks between the league and players has sparked a new sense of optimism."
Therefore, we can get back to concerning ourselves with the usual things, like who will make the 2011-2012 postseason. The 2010-2011 was an exciting season that saw the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers—two No. 6 seeds—make it into championship games and one of them, obviously, winning the Super Bowl.
Just like the New York Giants showed in 2007 and the Green Bay Packers showed in 2011, predicting the outcome of the playoffs is quite difficult. Still, let's try and figure out who is most likely to make it next season.