NFL: The Play Off Picture As It Stands
As we enter the final stages of the regular season the play off picture will change especially for those teams playing around the .500 to .600 football mark. Here is a look at the teams in the immediate picture.
Kansas City Chiefs
At 9-0 the Chiefs are looking good but they still have to play five divisional games including Denver twice. Victories over San Diego and Oakland should be achievable. People keep knocking them, they are undefeated and you can not argue with that. Winning ugly is still winning.
New England Patriots
They have two interesting games coming up against Carolina and Denver. The quality of Coach Belichick and Tom Brady will always give them a chance of winning.
The most complete team in the NFL are going to take some stopping. A big match up at home against the New Orleans Saints in December could be the game of the season.
New Orleans Saints
Saints fans have every right to think that their team will be the next World Champions. With elite quarterback Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham on the roster they have every chance of winning the Super Bowl. I doubt they will lose any of their games at the Mercedes-Benz Dome but the week 11 tie at home to the 49ers is mouthwatering.
New York Jets
The Gang Green will not lie down under Rex Ryan, they have already turned over New England and New Orleans. Their remaining schedule does not look too taxing. If Gino Smith can find some consistency the Jets have every chance of making it into the post season.
The Colts have some real quality but they will feel the impact of not having Reggie Wayne on the football field as the season wears on. A team that were defeated in San Diego then went on to win at home to the Broncos, inconsistency will play its part as the regular season draws to a close. Their year might be to come in the not too distant future.
San Francisco 49ers
But for the Seahawks, the NFC West is a division that they would walk this year. The next test for Jim Harbaugh is a trip to New Orleans. If they win that they will send a very strong message to the rest of the NFL that they have what it takes to life up the Lombardi Trophy in New Jersey.
Megatron - He scored twice in the win at Soldier Field. The third best overall offense in the NFL really know how to win by the narrowest of margins.
What can you say? They advance the football at speed through the drives. Even without head coach John Fox they have shown that they can win. Critics will start to put a fork in Peyton Manning come the post season. Write him off at your own risk.
Andy Dalton has shown some good form this season. The Bengals have some capable weapons in AJ Green and Marvin Jones. Two straight defeats in overtime may have added more question marks to Cincinnati's credentials.
In Cam Newton they have a duel threat quarterback with real energy. A marker for measuring how far Ron Rivera's side has come will be against the Saints at home and on the road. This might be another team with a Super Bowl win on the horizon.
This team is a conundrum. Quality weapons on the roster don't always equate to wins. A big defeat in week 10 may have knocked the wind out of the Dallas sails. This is a classic example of a sporting franchise where those at the top wear too many hats.
No one can predict who will be the next World Champions. Come the first Monday of February 2014 we may be sat talking about a surprise package in the NFL.