- There's a handful of elite teams who have turned in consistent performances all season ... and then there's everyone else.
A lot can, and will, change over the final eight weeks of the NFL season, but here’s a bit of what we know so far:
The Patriots and the AFC West winner probably will be the two teams with byes come the playoffs. In theory, the Texans or a red-hot AFC North winner could challenge them, but it looks unlikely.
The Cowboys are in total control of the NFC East and the NFC. Again, things could change, but right now they’re 1.5 games ahead of their next-closest competitor, the Seahawks.
There could be an 8–8 division winner. And, possibly, an 8–8 wild-card team. The AFC North is headed the former direction, while the NFC has brought the latter into play. Both speak to a middle of the pack that has not created much separation thus far.
There’s much more to unpack, of course, but two months to do so. For now, the latest Power Rankings: