1. Houston (11-2)
2. New England (10-3)
3. Denver (10-3)
4. Baltimore (9-4)
5. Indianapolis (9-4)
6. Pittsburg (7-6)
In the hunt: Cincinnati (7-6), New York Jets (6-7)
Cleveland, San Diego, Buffalo, and Miami are all technically still alive at 5-7 but would need nothing short of a miracle to jump over 3 teams and sneak into the playoffs.
Having defeated the Broncos earlier this year, the Patriots control their own destiny in the hunt for a first round bye and the number two overall seed.
Houston currently holds the number one seed with a one game lead over the Broncos and the Patriots. However they have a tough remaining schedule with three games against potential playoff teams including the Colts twice and a game at home against the Vikings.
On the other hand, the Patriots and Broncos have relatively easy remaining schedules with just one game against potential playoff teams.
Texans: Colts (9-4), Vikings (7-6), at Colts (9-4)
Patriots: 49ers (9-3-1), at Jaguars (2-11), Dolphins (5-8)
If the Patriots can beat the 49ers at home Sunday night they should have no problem winning their final two games against inferior opponents and clinch a first round bye.
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