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2011 NFL Playoffs: AFC West Winner Likely To Face Ravens Or Jets


As Richard mentioned in the AFC West playoff picture post, the Kansas City Chiefs has the one game lead over San Diego Chargers and the two game lead over the Oakland Raiders. They also have a one game edge on the AFC South leaders, the Indianapolis Colts. With the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of the pack to earn the two first-round byes, the Chiefs are in good shape to earn the third seed if they win out and capture the AFC West title, thus drawing the sixth and final team to earn a playoff spot in the conference.

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Unfortunately, that's not much of a reward. Currently, the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets are the teams in prime position to earn wild-card berths. With the Ravens and Jets owning identical records, and the Ravens beating the Jets the opening week of the season, Rex Ryan's group seems to be slated to face off with the Chiefs.

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Things get a little bit more complicated if any of the AFC West teams lose and open the door for the AFC South champ to overtake them, but most scenarios seem to point to a date with either the Ravens or Jets wild-card weekend barring a drastic collapse by either team. Hardly enviable.

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