NFL Predictions Week 10: 10 Games That Will Shape the 2011 Playoff Picture

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NFL Predictions Week 10: 10 Games That Will Shape the 2011 Playoff Picture
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We have officially reached the halfway point of the 2011 NFL season, and there are quite a few questions left to be answered. 

The most important question concerns the playoffs and how they will shake out. 

Right now, out of the eight divisions in the NFL, two have a three-way tie (The AFC East and AFC West), one has two teams within half of a game of each other (the NFC South) and one division has three teams within one game of each other (AFC North).

Only two divisions have two or more games separating first and second place (NFC East and NFC West). 

Now let's look at Week 10, where we have a buffet of games that will go toward shaping divisional and playoff races this season. 

Six of these games are between divisional rivals, with three of them coming between that division's first and second place teams. 

One of the other division-rival matchups will decide who's the front runner for a Wild Card spot. Another is between a first place and third place team separated by one game and will decide who's still in the race and who will be knocked out. 

On top of that, you have two games in which one of the teams has to win to stay in the hunt, an inter-conference game between two teams that will be a must-win for both to stay in the race, and another game that could possibly determine home-field advantage come playoff time. 

From the looks of it, this is the best NFL weekend yet, and I say weekend because one of those games will be on Thursday (which could be tonight or last night depending on when you're reading this—and if you are reading this the night after the Thursday night game, instead of a preview you will get a quick recap).

Here's a look at the 10 games this week that will shape this season's playoff picture. 

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