NFL Playoff Scenarios: What the NFL's Top 20 Teams Must Do to Secure a Berth

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NFL Playoff Scenarios: What the NFL's Top 20 Teams Must Do to Secure a Berth
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As the first half of the 2011 NFL season draws to a close, it's time to put things in perspective.

Historically, by the time Week 8 rolls around, we have a good feel for which teams are contenders and which are pretenders.

But not this year, the wildest season in the NFL to date.

At the tail end of Week 7, we watched the Ravens get embarrassed on Monday Night Football when the (previously 1-5) Jaguars gave them a physical beating in squeaking out a 12-7 victory. A game that featured turnovers from two of the league's most unlikely players to cough the football up: RB Maurice Jones-Drew and RB Ray Rice.

It was just another week in the NFL, where it seems like anything is possible nowadays.

November is right around the corner and it’s never too early to begin talking about the NFL playoffs. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Only a few teams are essentially eliminated from receiving an invitation to the big dance. We're going to hit on 20 of them that are currently in contention for a berth, and what each must do to punch its ticket to the postseason.

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