It's never too early to start thinking about NFL playoff positioning. Or is it? Actually, yeah, it probably is a little early. But to gain a better feel for how things are lining up with the 2013 regular season about 35 percent complete, here's a look at the current playoff picture:
1. Kansas City Chiefs (6-0)
2. New England Patriots (5-1)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)
4. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
5. Denver Broncos (6-0)
6. Miami Dolphins (3-2)
It's incredibly hard to break a tie between two unbeaten teams. Technically, Kansas City's schedule has been half a game harder than Denver's. But the point is that those two teams are pretty much interchangeable right now. Still, it's fun to imagine Peyton Manning and the Broncos having to return to Indy for a wild-card game, which would happen if the playoffs began today.
The Dolphins are one of only six AFC teams above .500, but they've already had their bye. Five teams -- the Ravens, Titans, Browns, Chargers and Jets -- are half a game back at 3-3. We might have a real heated race for that final spot.
1. New Orleans Saints (5-1)
2. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
3. Detroit Lions (4-2)
4. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)
5. San Francisco 49ers (4-2)
6. Green Bay Packers (3-2)
The Cowboys only have the NFC East over 3-3 Philadelphia because they win the strength of victory tiebreaker. Those two teams still have to meet twice, including in Week 7. The Saints and Seahawks look like they'll be battling for the top spot, but I'd have to imagine both are heavy favorites right now to earn first-round byes.
Remember how much stronger the NFC was supposed to be than the AFC? Forget that. The AFC has the only two unbeaten teams and the NFC is the only conference with a non-winning team currently in a playoff position. Plus, it's hard to believe that mediocre squads St. Louis (3-3), Arizona (3-3) and Carolina (2-3) are within a game of the final playoff spot, which currently belongs to Green Bay.
It doesn't help that four teams that had winning records in 2012 -- Atlanta, Minnesota, Washington and the Giants -- are a combined 3-18. At 1-4, you get the feeling the Falcons and Redskins might still have a shot, especially with Detroit and Dallas up there.
I also want to mention that Fox or NBC would thank the heavens for that Dallas-San Francisco playoff matchup.
Current playoff teams that didn't make it last year: 5 out of 12 (KC, Miami, New Orleans, Detroit, Dallas)
Inter-conference games: AFC leads 18-14
Teams above .500: 12
Teams below .500: 11
3-3 teams: 9 (28 percent of the league)
Finally someone truly looked at the upcoming playoffs with an honest and objective eye ! Unless the Chiefs fall flat on they're faces and the teams stays true to form . Reading this article I agree , but I'm inclined to take it a little further . The Kansas City Chiefs right now are the most feared team in the NFL not Denver , Seattle or New Orleans or New England . I'm believing teams are becoming scared to play us actually because we really have a shut down defense . Good for division titles and conference championships . Our offense I must admit is adequate , a bit predestrian for now , but the offense will grow ! Too many good coaches starting with Andy Reid on this staff ! This defense is strong enough to allow it to develop and it will by the time we meet the Broncos . They don't have to give us pub here in KC we know it and the NFL knows whats up behind teams closed doors .
We are as close to being totally balanced and strong in all three phases as there is in the game . The Chiefs aren't perfect in all three phases of the game . Though we're awful close to being that team the other is the Seattle Sea Hawks both very similar in several ways . Both possess very strong , fast , athletic and talented defenses with intelligent , efficient and athletic quarterbacks in Russell Wilson and Alex Smith who know how to operate a mistake free offense . Agree or don't agree , but our Chiefs special teams are better in coverage and on returns . Plus we have more return options than one or two on specialty teams . Both have highly talented running backs though I give the nod to our own Jamaal Charles running , catching , blocking . Seattle has a slightly better receiver core , ours is young , growing and talent is there . Chiefs have all the ingredients going forward to beat any team in the league including Denver . It's probably going to take just that to gain any real respect in the NFL and for Kansas City that may never come . No matter how good they become or how many games they win or championships . It's like we've never won a Super Bowl and even the have not's are sticking their never have won anything bird chest out .
@PtahHerring preach it! i'll take under the radar and winning all day.and if we have to wait for the national love and spotlight so be it!i couldn't agree more with every point you made...let's just quietly keep pointing at arrowhead for the post season...it is the loudest and most patient in the league!go chiefs.