|The next chapter in the Pete Caroll-Jim Harbaugh rivalry will be written Sunday. Man, these guys really don't like each other.|
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)
We're reaching the point in the season where there really isn't much to say. After seemingly half the AFC was 4-6, some of the riff-raff was weeded out (Oakland, Cleveland, Buffalo), but there are still six teams at 6-6 or 5-7 that are battling for one playoff spot. The NFC East is still tied up, and the Giants are still inexplicably in the mix despite being 1-3 against Dallas and Philadelphia. The Packers are seemingly in free-fall but could still turn things around if Aaron Rodgers is back by next week, which means the Lions and Bears aren't out of the woods yet.
Even the order of seeding hasn't gotten any clearer. The Patriots are currently sitting in the No. 2 seed in the AFC, but the Bengals are only a game back and hold a head-to-head tiebreak. The Bengals play the Colts this week in a game that has a huge bearing on the AFC's No. 3 seed. The Lions, Bears, Cowboys, and Eagles are all within a game of each other, fighting for the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in the NFC. The NFC South is undecided (and the No. 2 seed with it). We still don't really know anything.
What we DO know:
1. Seattle is the overwhelming favorite for the No. 1 seed in the NFC
2. Kansas City is the overwhelming favorite for the No. 5 seed in the AFC
3. The Colts will (probably definitely) win the AFC South
4. The Patriots will (probably definitely) win the AFC East
5. The Broncos will (probably definitely) win the AFC West
6. Whoops, that's it. That's all we know.
For now, we're just waiting for the last few chips to fall.