Here’s how the NFL playoff picture looks with Week 14’s games complete:
1. New England Patriots (9-4), AFC East leaders: They weren’t in danger of losing home-field advantage during their off week. Now rested up for the stretch run, they next hit the road for a game in Indianapolis against another surging squad. Remaining schedule: at Colts, vs. Bills, vs. Jaguars, at Dolphins
2. Tennessee Titans (9-4), AFC South leaders: They’re very quietly chugging along, effectively owning a 2½-game lead in the division courtesy of their season sweep of the Colts, amid an NFL Network report that injured RB Derrick Henry is poised to return for postseason – if not sooner. Remaining schedule: at Steelers, vs. 49ers, vs. Dolphins, at Texans
Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) celebrates after scoring on a touchdown run as teammate Joe Thuney (62) watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4), AFC West leaders: Winners of six in a row, it seems almost all of their early season questions are behind them … and the No. 1 seed could very well be in their future. Remaining schedule: at Chargers, vs. Steelers, at Bengals, at Broncos
4. Baltimore Ravens (8-5), AFC North leaders: Just two weeks ago, they were the conference’s No. 1 seed. Who knows where they’ll be two weeks from now, especially if QB Lamar Jackson (ankle) has to miss time as the Ravens enter a brutal finishing stretch. Remaining schedule: vs. Packers, at Bengals, vs. Rams, vs. Steelers
5. Los Angeles Chargers (8-5), wild card No. 1: QB Justin Herbert continues to play like a potential MVP, and the Bolts gained a bit of breathing room on the other potential wild-card entries Sunday. Big game Thursday night, LA getting a chance to sweep Kansas City and assume first place in the AFC West. Remaining schedule: vs. Chiefs, at Texans, vs. Broncos, at Raiders
6. Indianapolis Colts (7-6), wild card…