Week 12 NFL Picks: Teams Whose Playoff Dreams Will Come to an End Sunday

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 25, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles turns to hand the ball off against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 20, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Now that we are three-fourths of the way through the 2011 NFL season, the playoff picture is starting to become more clear with each win and each loss.

Some teams have already been eliminated; others are almost a lock.

There are others that are holding on by a thread. This weekend, some of those threads will be cut.

Here are three teams that will watch their playoff dreams go up in smoke this Sunday.


Buffalo Bills

It was just a few weeks ago that the Buffalo Bills were 5-2 and in control of their own destiny in the AFC East.

Now, after dropping three straight, it appears that they are all but done in the AFC Playoff race.

This Sunday the Bills face off against the Jets, also 5-5, in a battle to stay alive in the playoff hunt.

The Jets were the team that started this slump for the Bills, beating them 27-11 to start off November play.

This is a New York team that is struggling as well, but things are just looking bad in Buffalo. They lost 44-7 at Dallas and then dropped a loss 35-8 against Miami.

The difference in this game will be coaching. Rex Ryan is a passionate coach and will get his team to rebound while the Bills struggle to stay afloat.


Philadelphia Eagles

This dream team has suffered a disastrous season. 

The 4-6 Eagles will need a win this weekend against a Patriots team that is looking like the best AFC team in recent weeks.

This is a team that has looked poor all season. Now they have to take on top-tier talent and will likely have to do it without Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha.

It's just not looking good for Philadelphia.

The face of the franchise won't be under center. The star defender won't be on the field to counter Tom Brady.

This season has been one to forget in Philadelphia. After the Patriots win on Sunday, the fans can start trying to do just that.


Kansas City Chiefs

It's weird to say that a 4-6 team is still in the hunt. The Philadelphia Eagles are because of a weak NFC East division.

The Chiefs are in a similar situation with a weak AFC West division.

However, 4-7 will be a little too much to stay in the hunt. Kansas City looked to show some life after a slow start, but have since returned to their saddening ways, dropping three straight.

That will become four straight after the Steelers dismantle them this weekend.

No Jamaal Charles and no Matt Cassel is a recipe for disaster against the No. 4 scoring defense in the league.

The Broncos and Raiders are looking hot. The Chargers could always put it together. One more loss and the Chiefs are going to be too far out to recover.