Halfway through the season, the mess at the top of some divisions is trying to be sorted out. Unexpected teams are leading in a few cases and, despite playing surprisingly well, it's still hard to imagine these franchises getting to the playoffs.
Many will want to dismiss the listed franchises because of previous opinions on each team before the season started or because of ugly losses. Remaining schedules for each team as well as each team's style play a part in determining who will be left in the cold of January football.
There are more obvious teams to pick for the list, but I'm going "against the grain." I'll be part of the minority, but remaining schedules are one factor in deciding who makes the list.