The NFL is 14 weeks into the season — a 17-game season — and no team in the AFC has clinched a playoff berth. No team in the league has clinched a playoff spot, the first time since the league expanded to 16 games in 1978 no team clinched a playoff spot through 14 weeks.
The AFC continues to be wild and unpredictable, as 11 of the 16 teams are .500 or better. All four teams are separated by 1.5 games in the AFC North, while the biggest margin between first and second place of any team in AFC divisions is two. Nine teams still have a shot at the three wild card spots in the conference, setting the stage for an unpredictable final week.
Only one team seems to be in good shape for one of the wild card spots in the AFC, but so much can change from week to week. Let’s take a revised look at the top contenders for the three wild card spots in the conference after an interesting Week 14.
Current AFC division leaders
The AFC division leaders through the first 14 weeks. All currently have a playoff spot locked up if they claim the division crown.
Patriots (9-4) EastTitans (9-4) SouthChiefs (9-4) WestRavens (8-5) North
AFC wild card contenders, ranked
This is a ranking of the teams competing for a wild card spot in the AFC. Only three teams can make the playoffs, so the top three obviously have the best chance to make the postseason through the first 14 weeks of the year.
Remaining schedule: vs. Chiefs, at Texans, vs. Broncos, at Raiders
The Chargers did their job and crushed the Giants Sunday, giving themselves sole position of the No. 5 seed in the AFC standings — one game ahead of the madness of 7-6 teams in the conference Los Angeles will be playing for first place in the AFC West Thursday night, as a win over Kansas City will give them the tiebreaker for first in the division. With a 5-3 conference record and two under .500 teams left on the schedule, the Chargers are in…