The AFC playoff race

The NFL regular season is already two thirds of the way completed with the playoff picture becoming clearer each passing week.

Between the two conferences, the AFC has the most intriguing layout. The New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders currently hold the AFC’s best record at 7-2.

This three way tie would give the nod to the Patriots for the number one seed because they have a better record versus same conference opponents than the Chiefs and Raiders.

The Patriots would hold onto the number one seed considering they have arguably the best quarterback and head coach of all-time in Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. They’ll tighten their grip on the number one seed over their next three games since in the upcoming schedule they will face the 49ers, Jets and Rams.

The Chiefs would hold the second seed because they beat the Raiders earlier in the season which breaks that tie. Since the Chiefs came off their bye, they have gone on a rampage and haven’t looked back.

They are currently riding a five game winning streak and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Raiders and Denver Broncos breathing down their necks. Their next three opponents will prove a challenge as they take on the Buccaneers, Broncos and Falcons.

The Raiders would get the short end of the stick out of this three way tie as the fifth seed wild card spot. It’s nothing to complain about considering they were winless this time two years ago.

The Raiders rode a three game winning streak going into their bye after making a statement win over the Broncos on Sunday night football. Their next three games will be against the Texans, Panthers and Bills who can knock them off their stride.

The Patriots practically have the AFC East locked up, but that can’t be said about the Chiefs or Raiders in the AFC West.

The Broncos are only a half game back with a 7-3 record. Pressure is definitely on to see who will claim the division title. Regardless of who claims it, the AFC West will most likely have three teams in the playoffs.

The Broncos currently hold the sixth seed wild card spot and the next best record after that is the Dolphins at 5-4.

The AFC West division race will be a tight, down to the wire fight. Who wins that division will be hard to say, but that is what makes it intriguing to watch.

Neither three teams will be able to knock the Patriots off the number one seed, but they definitely have a good chance at the number two seed.