Here’s a look at who’d be where if the season were only 12 games long, along with our spin on each team’s status…

AFC
1. New England Patriots (9-3) — Win in Denver in Week 15 and they probably have the top seed.
2. Houston Texans (9-3) — Are they finally primed to slip up with a road game in Cincinnati this week?
3. Baltimore Ravens (9-3) — But keep in mind that in a two-way tie, the Ravens are ahead of Houston.
4. Denver Broncos (7-5) — Momentum and the schedule suggest they’ll hold on and win the division.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) — To win the division, they’ll likely have to win in San Francisco in Week 15.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) — Can’t beat good teams and they still have Houston and Baltimore.
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7. Tennessee Titans (7-5) — A win against New Orleans or Houston could do it.
8. Oakland Raiders (7-5) — Losing momentum with Green Bay, San Fran and Detroit still on the schedule.
9. New York Jets (7-5) — Regaining momentum but it’s a traffic jam. No gimmes after this week in KC.

NFC
1. Green Bay Packers (12-0) — They’ll be 15-1, minimum.
2. San Francisco 49ers (10-2) — Likely to have the tiebreaker over New Orleans.
3. New Orleans Saints (9-3) — Quite possibly the hottest team in the league. Seriously.
4. Dallas Cowboys (7-5) — Have a bad feeling about them, especially with the Giants coming up twice.
5. Chicago Bears (7-5) — Could have a tough time finishing 9-7 with Caleb Hanie under center.
6. Atlanta Falcons (7-5) — They should survive by default.
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7. Detroit Lions (7-5) — Should finish 2-2 and sneak in. The Jay Cutler injury saved them.
8. New York Giants (6-6) — Have to finish 3-1 (and probably beat Dallas twice) but the schedule’s tough.