Nov 24, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA;New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Setting the AFC Playoff Picture Through Week 13

Dec 1, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Denver won 35-28. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

There is only four week remaining in the 2013 NFL regular season, and the playoff picture while not set, is beginning to form. Here are the current AFC standings:

1. Denver Broncos (10-2)

2. New England Patriots (9-3)

3. Indianapolis Colts (8-4)

4. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)

5. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3)

6. Baltimore Ravens (6-6)


7. Miami (6-6)

8. Tennessee (5-7)

9. Pittsburgh (5-7)

10. San Diego (5-7)

11. NY Jets (5-7)

12. Cleveland (4-8)

13. Oakland (4-8)

14. Buffalo  (4-8)

15. Jacksonville (3-9)

16. Houston (2-10)

Everything is still extremely tight in all of the playoff battles, from the race for the top seed, to the mediocre teams trying to fight their way in, via the six seed. There are a lot of important games still to come, and the outcomes will definitely alter what the playoff schedules will look like, come January.

As of right now, the opening weekend of the playoffs would have the Colts hosting the Ravens, and the Bengals hosting the Chiefs. The Broncos and Patriots currently have an opening round bye, which would allow them to rest up, and hopefully give the people what they want, which is another Peyton versus Brady classic.

But as I said, there is still a lot of regular season football left to be played, and I fully expect the last four weeks of the 2013 season to bring about a few surprises in the playoff picture.

Key Games To Watch:

Week 14- Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati 

Week 14- Tennessee vs. Denver 

Week 14- Miami vs. Pittsburgh

Week 15- Baltimore vs. Detroit

Week 15- Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

Week 15- San Diego vs. Denver

Week 16- Indianapolis vs. Kansas City

Week 16- New England vs. Baltimore

Week 17- Kansas City vs. San Diego

Week 17- Baltimore vs. Cincinnati

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