T.J. Yates is now quarterbacking a top-seeded team.

Here’s a look at who’d be where if the season were only 11 games long, along with our spin on each team’s status…

AFC
1. Houston Texans (8-3) — Top seed looks great, but they’re down to QB3 and only 2 games up on Tennessee.
2. New England Patriots (8-3) — Finish up against five teams with a combined record of 18-37.
3. Baltimore Ravens (8-3) — Finish up against five teams with a combined record of 19-36.
4. Oakland Raiders (7-4) — Battle with red-hot Denver could come down to Week 17.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) — Banged-up Steelers will have a lot of trouble winning the division.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) — Might be able to sneak in with nine wins, but 10-6 would do it.
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7. Denver Broncos (6-5) — Likely to make it five in a row this week in Minnesota.
8. New York Jets (6-5) — Season-saving victory against Buffalo and now the schedule softens up more.
9. Tennessee Titans (6-5) — No consistency here. Hard to see them winning more than nine games.

NFC
1. Green Bay Packers (11-0) — They’ll cruise in now.
2. San Francisco 49ers (9-2) — The good news is they’ll likely have the tiebreaker with New Orleans.
3. New Orleans Saints (8-3) — Could be peaking at a very good time.
4. Dallas Cowboys (7-4) — They might wrap up the division before they have to play in NY in Week 17.
5. Chicago Bears (7-4) — I feel like only the Bears can spoil Detroit’s 2011 party. It might happen.
6. Atlanta Falcons (7-4) — Seem to be gaining momentum. They’ll be a wild-card team.
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7. Detroit Lions (7-4) — The Caleb Hanie situation could be what gets Detroit into the playoffs.
8. New York Giants (6-5) — How much gas is left in the tank? Next up: the 11-0 Packers.