With so many divisions in the NFL currently bunched in a cluster at the top of the standings, it is rather difficult to predict which teams will win their respective divisions. Likewise, it is also difficult to predict which current teams with a winning record will fall short of their goal to reach the playoffs. But that is the task at hand: Determine which winning teams fail to make the playoffs.
Now, I realize there are at least three teams in the AFC West with a 4-4 record, but one of them (or who knows, maybe Denver at 3-5) will have to emerge as the division winner. So, in the spirit of those 4-4 teams that are technically not losing, but not winning either, we will include all the .500 teams in our presentation as well.
For the fans of those teams that I don't select for the playoffs, I don't have anything personal against those teams. For what it is worth, I was asked to write about which players will blow up in the playoffs, and since that story was just published this week, you can see which teams I predicted would make the playoffs by clicking on the link here.
I will keep things consistent by sticking to those same teams in this article and will therefore give you my rationale for why I passed on the other teams. You can agree or disagree with my selections, but if you decide to comment, I would request that you state your reasons for why you believe your team will advance.