5. Oakland Raiders (6)
The world looked a lot different in 2002. That was the last time the Raiders qualified for the playoffs. As they have done all year long, the Raiders found a way to win a close game, and secured that much-desired return to the postseason.
6. New York Giants (7)
Taking care of business. This should be the Giants motto this season. This is the least talked about 10-win team in the league. Week after week, they seem to take care of business. Last week it was the top-seeded Cowboys, this week the second seeded Lions. The Giants appear poised to make their first playoff appearance since their 2011 Super Bowl victory. They will be taken lightly, and it could propel them right back to the Super Bowl.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (2)
Talk about a blown opportunity. The Chiefs had no business losing that game. In doing so, they very well may have cost themselves the AFC West. Next up—a desperate Broncos team that hasn’t lost at Arrowhead since 2010.
8. Miami Dolphins (9)
The Dolphins are now in control of their own destiny. Win out and they are in. It will be tough having to go to a frigid Buffalo and beat the Bills in their stadium. Stay tuned.