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Playoff Picture Looks Exciting

With 4 teams vying for first place in the AFC North in Week 13, things are heating up to meltdown conditions even in the icy north…

The Bengals, who tied a game, are 7-3-1 while the Ravens, Steelers and Browns all have a 7-4-0 record with 2 division wins. These 4 teams will duke it out in their respective divisional games for supremacy over the AFC North.

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots (9-2-0) are running away with the AFC East (and the number 1 seed) unless someone can stop them.

A similar situation is developing in the NFC with the Arizona Cardinals (9-2-0) running away with the NFC West and the number 1 seed.

The NFC South is trying really hard to see how low a team’s record can be and still make the playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons (4-7-0) are leading the division with a 4-0 division record, having beaten each of its division rivals at least once (and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers twice).

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The Philadelphia Eagles (8-3-0) and the Dallas Cowboys (8-3-0) are vying for first place in the NFC East. One of these teams will win the division and the other will likely make the playoffs as a wild card. This week’s Thanksgiving game between the Cowboys and Eagles will decide who takes the division.

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Another game with playoff implications this Thanksgiving Day is the Seattle Seahawks (7-4-0) trip to San Francisco to take on the 49ers (7-4-0) for sole possession of 2nd place in the NFC West, behind the Cardinals. The winner will be hoping that the Detroit Lions (7-4-0) lose to the Chicago Bears (5-6-0), also on Thanksgiving Day!

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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (8-3-0) are looking like the likely winners of the NFC North unless Detroit has something to say about it. But the New England Patriots (9-2-0) will be coming to town this weekend to see if they can knock them down a peg.

Percy Harvin: A Gleam In Rex Ryan’s Eye?

Percy Harvin 2013 Seattle Seahawks
With almost half a season gone, the Seattle Seahawks decided that they were interested in simplifying their offense and their locker room by trading away Percy Harvin less than 2 years after trading 3 draft picks for him from Minnesota.

Harvin missed most of last season with a hip injury and he rejoined the team in time to make a splash in the Super Bowl. But did he contribute to the journey to the Super Bowl? The team got to the big game by beating a lot of tough opponents with a stifling defense and a punishing running game. They won all their home games except one against division rival Arizona, who missed the playoffs even though they had a 10-6 record. Harvin was really just icing on the cake in the Super Bowl, since the team that got them there was still intact.

This season, the Seahawks have not looked as good as the punishing team of 2013, having lost to San Diego and Dallas (crazy, right?). Harvin’s contribution to the offense has not been enough to help them in those two losses, and with San Francisco and Arizona in front of them in the division, the Seahawks are looking to streamline the offense to the punishing style they had a year ago.

By trading Harvin away for a conditional 6th round pick, Seattle is showing that they are willing to do whatever it takes to regain dominance in their division and the league. With 5 of their next 11 games being to division rivals, they desperately need to improve their game if they want a chance for a repeat Super Bowl victory!

The Jets, on the other hand, have been in dire need of a spark, and talent. Having won their only game to the winless Oakland Raiders, head coach Rex Ryan has been looking like a guy who just ate bad sushi. His discomfort is caused because his team is able to stay close in tough games and then allow themselves to be completely blown out in others.

With the addition of Harvin, the Jets are hoping (make that praying) that they will see a return on investment immediately in the kick return game and then later in the offense. With a playmaker like Harvin in the backfield or lined up on the line of scrimmage, the Jets will give the opposing defenses something to worry about other than picking off Geno Smith.

Opinion: Does It Really Matter?

Personally, I think the Jets will win a few more games, but unless they win their next 9 games in a row (and New England has a losing streak), they have very little chance at the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks will still struggle this season and will have to fight for a Wild Card berth. Sorry, ‘hawks.

Percy Harvin Super Bowl
Will Percy Harvin help the Jets to a Super Bowl Win?

What do you think?