Now that we are separating the men from the boys in the AFC West, I think that I will make my playoff projections:
AFC East: New England will end up 12-4 and get the second seed. The Jets and Buffalo will continue to play themselves out of the playoff race, with the Jets and Bills ending up at 9-7 and 7-9. Miami will bring up the rear at 5-11.
AFC North: Baltimore and Pittsburgh will tie for the top at 12-4, but the Ravens will win the tiebreaker, and get home field in a three-way tie with the Pats and the Texans. The Bengals will be the second wildcard after winning a tiebreaker with the Raiders, and the Browns bring up the rear.
AFC West. The Broncos will win out and take the West at 11-5, the Raiders will miss the Wild Card on a tie-breaker, and the Chiefs and Chargers will bring up the rear. The Chargers will be dismantled at the end of the season.
NFC South: The Saints go 12-4 and end up with the three seed. The Falcons go 10-6 and get the 6 seed. The Bucs end up 7-9, and the Panthers bring up the rear, although they will be a team to reckon with in the future.
NFC West: The Niners will go 13-3 and get the 2-seed, and the Hawks, Cards, and Rams bring up the rear.
Wild Card: The Broncos will face the Steelers at home for their first playoff game since the 2005 AFC Championship game. In a matchup between Ben and Tebow, the Bronco defense keeps them in it, and they win in OT. In the other Wild Card game, the Bengals will upset the QB-less Texans.
Divisional Round: The Broncos end up going to New England, and this is where the train stops, although not without a fight. As for the other game, the Ravens beat Cincy again, and get the Pats at home for the AFC Title game
Championship game: The Ravens go to the Super Bowl for the first time in 11 years after defeating New England.
Wild Card: Dallas defeats the Bears at home, while the Falcons finally defeat the Saints in their third try.
Divisional Playoffs: The Packers beat Atlanta again, while the 49er defense leads the way in a win over the Cowboys.
NFC Title: The Niners had a great year, but the train stops here. The defense can't carry them all year, and they don't have enough offense to dethrone the champs.
Super Bowl 46: The Packers join the Dolphins in Perfectville after beating the Ravens for their second straight title.