AFC split between the haves and the have nots

Today's games were a healthy mix of blowouts and close games decided by missed opportunities.

Through of the the oddities, many have missed the simple fact that the AFC is suddenly divided very clearly between those in the playoffs, and those that are on the outside looking in.

As it stands, the Steelers, currently the sixth seed, could open up a full two game lead over the San Diego Chargers, currently seventh in the conference, if the Steelers succeed in beating the Kansas City Chiefs tomorrow night.

The division between the haves and the have nots in the AFC will likely lead to a very anti-climactic finish to the season, and it has me considering who could fall out of the playoffs and who could claw their way back into the mix, something that will likely be kicked around in the near future.

For now, we'll leave it at this; the AFC is a clearly defined conference at this point. The NFL tends to throw us curve balls just when we think we've figured it out, so don't get too comfortable with the current standings. Still, the Indianapolis Colts, a team that went just 2-14 a season ago, are on the inside, and they've got a healthy cushion to work with.

Shane Clemons

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.