1. It has to be Tebow, right? Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos continue to be THE story of the NFL this season, and they are now in good shape to make it to the playoffs. They lead the AFC West, and the rest of the division is an absolute train wreck.
2. The Dallas Cowboys are just a mess. Sure Dallas is right in the mix for a playoff spot, but it continues to give games away and did so again against the New York Giants. Dallas went from controlling its destiny in the NFC East to now needing some help in the playoffs.
3. The Packers have reached rarified air with their 13-0 start, and they look like they will get to 16-0. The rest of their schedule is very manageable. The Packers close against the Kansas City, which fired its coach, Chicago, which doesn't have a quarterback or running back to speak of, and Detroit.
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4. The AFC race is going to be fun. New England, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Houston are all 10-3 and should be in the playoffs. Actually, the Texans are in after clinching their first playoff spot (and a division title Sunday). Who gets the No. 1 seed is going to be interesting to watch.
5. Coaching searches. Todd Haley is out in Kansas City and Tony Sparano is out in Miami. Neither is really a surprise as the Chiefs and Dolphins have struggled this season and now will look for a new head coach. Let the talk of Jon Gruden and Bil Cowher heat up.
1. N.Y. Giants
1. New Orleans
3. Tampa Bay
1. Green Bay
1. San Francisco
4. St. Louis
1. New England
2. N.Y. Jets
3. San Diego
4. Kansas City
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Jacksonville at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m.
Dallas at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m.
New Orleans at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Seattle at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Carolina at Houston, 1 p.m.
Green Bay at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Detroit at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
New England at Denver, 4:15 p.m.
Cleveland at Arizona, 4:15 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m.
Baltimore at San Diego, 8:20 p.m.
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m.