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AFC: Four Teams Fighting For Two Playoff Positions

When the 2010-2011 NFL Playoffs begin, they will be without the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers. No Peyton Manning and no Phillip Rivers. Both teams are a game behind in their divisions with three games left in the regular season. O.K., the Colts and the Chargers aren’t out of it, yet, but they both face an uphill battle.

The Chargers are 9 point favorites to win Thursday’s matchup at home against the San Francisco 49er’s, while the first place Kansas City Chiefs travel for their game in St. Louis against the Rams. These matchups provide San Diego their best and perhaps last chance to pick up a game on the Chiefs. The Chiefs play their last two games of the year at home, while San Diego’s last two are both on the road. Neither team faces an opponent with a winning record for the remainder of their seasons. San Francisco is still in the hunt in their division and is playing much better football in the second half of 2010. San Diego has the advantage in this match up but I don’t think 9 points worth. So far in 2010 the Chargers are 2-4 in their road games while the Chief’s are 6-0 at home. Maybe a little adversity is what San Diego needs. Statistically they are better than the Chiefs and will be a difficult out if they can somehow manage to make the playoffs.

The Indianapolis Colts can take matters in their own hands by beating the first place Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. They are 5 point favorites to win at home and force a tie in the AFC South. The Jag’s will try to run the ball, control time of possession and keep the ball out of Peyton Manning’s’ hands, a mighty tall order. The winner of this game undoubtedly deserves their shot in the playoffs. Jacksonville won the first matchup between these division rivals by a score of 31-28. Once again I’m taking the underdog and the points in this one.

Out of the four teams mentioned above, I give the San Diego Chargers the best chance of winning a first round playoff game; they just got to get there first. The Colts, Chiefs and Jaguars will just have to wait until next year.


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