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Predicting the AFC wild cards

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The Colts and Broncos can clinch playoff spots this weekend, but the rest of the AFC remains entirely up for grabs.

Especially in the AFC North, where the Bengals (8-3-1) hold a temporary grasp over the division above the Ravens, Steelers and Browns -- all sitting at 7-5.

We talked about the rough-and-tumble North on this week's podcast as a division that could send three teams to the playoffs. I believe they'll do just that, with the Steelers surging down the stretch to win the division while Cincinnati and Cleveland squeak into January ahead of Baltimore and other AFC hopefuls.

Naturally, none of my fellow Around the NFL writers agreed with that scenario, showing plenty of love below for the Ravens and Chiefs.

Disagree with us all? You can carve out your own dreamy postseason scenarios using our newly unleashed Playoff Predictor.

In the meantime, here's our picks for the North victor and the AFC's two wild-card entries:

Dan Hanzus


AFC North: Bengals
Wild cards: Ravens, Chiefs

Gregg Rosenthal


AFC North: Steelers
Wild cards: Bengals, Ravens

Marc Sessler


AFC North: Steelers
Wild cards: Bengals, Browns

Chris Wesseling


AFC North: Steelers
Wild cards: Ravens, Chiefs

Kevin Patra


AFC North: Bengals
Wild cards: Ravens, Dolphins

Conor Orr


AFC North: Steelers
Wild cards: Bengals, Chargers

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