With one week to go, the AFC playoff picture remains a mystery wrapped in a riddle.
Five of the six participants are set, but where they'll be seeded come January remains anyone's guess.
With plenty to unpack this week, let's waste no time:
Party invites in the mail
So who's in? Here's what we know:
» The Broncos (12-3) have sealed up the AFC West and clinched a first-round bye.
» The Chiefs (11-4) are locked into the fifth seed, but Week 17 -- nothing less than a Roger Goodell-inspired fever dream -- will decide where all five remaining playoff teams are slotted.
The chase for No. 1
Denver would need to crater hard to miss out on home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The league has wisely slated both games for 4:25 ET kickoffs.
In play for the bye
The only other team alive for the bye? The Colts.
That would amount to a wacky finish for Indy -- a maddening squad -- but nothing feels impossible after seeing what Buffalo did to Miami on Sunday and weighing how dominant Cincy has been at home.
New England can finish anywhere from first to fourth.
We've talked about the scenario for No. 1, but the Patriots could wind up in the No. 4 spot by losing to Buffalo combined with wins for Cincy and Indy. That maze of events would notch the Bengals at No. 2 and the Colts at No. 3.
We don't blame you, dear reader, if your head is spinning.
Sixth seed still up for grabs
Four teams are alive for the conference's final wild-card spot.
Our friends at Football Outsiders give the Dolphins an overwhelming 59 percent shot at the sixth spot. If the Dolphins (8-7) take care of business Sunday against the Jets, they're in at No. 6 if the Ravens (8-7), Chargers (8-7) and Steelers (7-8) win.
Miami also gets in if they prevail, and either the Ravens lose, or San Diego wins.
The Dolphins and Ravens both hold head-to-head tiebreakers with the Chargers, but if San Diego knocks off the Chiefs -- and the Dolphins and Ravens lose -- the Bolts are in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Steel City miracle?
Chatter around the newsroom suggested the Bengals, pounded by the Steelers a week ago, might be wise to mail it in against the Ravens to keep Pittsburgh out of the playoffs. That's nonsense considering how close Cincy is to earning the bye.
And that's the beauty of where we sit heading into Week 17. Outside of the Chiefs, not a single team in the AFC can mail it in come Sunday.
This one's going down to the wire.