Anyone interested in home field? Anyone?
The top spot in the AFC is up for grabs after Denver, New England and Cincinnati cratered hard in Week 15:
When it comes to the No. 1 seed, we'd be stunned if Denver (11-3) doesn't nail it to the floor with games against the Texans and Raiders to close out the schedule. The Patriots (10-4) need the Broncos to drop one of those two tilts (while sweeping the Ravens and Bills) to reroute the postseason through New England.
... the battle for No. 2
I don't see it happening. Sunday night's implosion confirmed my worst fears about Cincinnati. They've been a good home team, but no squad in the playoff race is more prone to shrinking in a big spot.
While we're at it, even the Colts are alive for the bye. If (a) Indy were to win out and finish 11-5; (b) Cincy were to go 1-1 over the next two weeks; and (c) New England were to drop one of its final two matchups, the Colts would own the conference-record tiebreaker over the Patriots at the final gun.
But let's hop out of fantasy land, shall we?
Sixth-seed chase far from over
The final playoff spot in the AFC is bound to go down to the wire.
San Diego (7-7) remains an intriguing outlier and can't be dismissed after slamming Denver on Thursday.
Best of the West?
In and out
Looking ahead to Week 16
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs: Chatter about Indy earning a bye likely to be reduced to utter nonsense by Sunday night.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills: Buffalo's a tough out at home, and the team's defense is legit. Not a gimme for Miami.