With the seventh week upon us (wow, time flies when you're watching football!), it's becoming apparent which teams pose as potential playoff shoo-ins. Early as it may be, it doesn't hurt to make some early guesses as to who will be the biggest threats in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. Let's take a look at the top six in each division, with team schedules being accounted for. Of course, the list will change as we make our way through the season.
1. New England Patriots To non-Pats fans, the team is like a rash that won't go away no matter how much rash cream you put on it. The Jets and Bills are possible contenders, but who are we kidding? The Pats will probably win AFC East.
2. Cincinnati Bengals They've been surprisingly strong. So long as Andy Dalton continues his streak of excellence, they'll be ok for another run at the playoffs. Heck, some are even saying the Bengals may be the “most complete team” right now.
3. Denver Broncos Enough of the negative talk (y’all know what I mean). Let's just say it's only a matter of time before the usually-great-but-not-right-now offense gels with the currently-exceptional defense. They're likely to make the playoffs; it would be nice if they win the AFC West.
4. Indianapolis Colts They may be 3-3 but playing against the Titans, Jaguars and Texans, their chances of survival are high.
5. New York Jets These guys are legitimate contenders. With their defense and ground game down pat, they only need average QB performance from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers Once Big Ben returns, anything is possible. As of right now, the Chargers, Raiders and Bills could flip things upside down. A win over the Chargers will put the Steelers on the right path.
1. Green Bay Packers Even with injuries left, right and center, they're still the strongest team in the NFC. Enough said.
2. Carolina Panthers They're now hot contenders for the NFC South post Falcons’ loss. Both teams are looking good and people are singing the praises of Cam Newton.
3. Arizona Cardinals Picking up where they left off last season before Carson Palmer was injured, they've got a huge point differential that can't be ignored. Even after struggling against the Steelers and Rams.
4. Philadelphia Eagles The Eagles have taken the place of the Cowboys thanks to Tony Romo’s injury. Had they not defeated the Giants, they wouldn't be leading the pack. However, the division is still anyone's to take.
5. Atlanta Falcons Their schedule is an easy one and they can easily win 10 games this season. Despite losing to the Saints, the Falcons still look like they're headed to the playoffs.
6. Minnesota Vikings They're 3-2 and it could still go downwards. If it weren't for the Seahawks' shockingly poor performance (it's so unlike them), the Vikings might not be on this list.
That's it for now. Here's to more upsets and comebacks!