The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises, COVID-19 related chaos, and tight races that have put some of the league’s playoff berths completely up in the air with just one month of regular season action left.
Five regular season games remain for most teams, and plenty of the league’s coveted playoff berths are still yet to be decided.
Which ones should you be paying attention to over the final weeks of the season? Here are some of the most unsettled and potentially volatile races that you should be watching in December.
AFC Wild Card
Everything is up for grabs in the AFC’s wild card race, as a handful of three-loss teams and four-loss teams will jockey for the three Wild Card spots the conference has to offer.
The Browns (8-3), Dolphins (7-4), and Colts (7-4) currently hold the three spots, but the Ravens (6-4) and Raiders (6-5) are hot on their tails and a hot streak or a cold run for any of these teams could seal their fate.
Keep in mind that the Dolphins and Colts are both still very much alive in their respective division races, trailing the Bills and Titans by one game, respectively.
In a division that many expected to be won by the San Francisco 49ers on the heels of their Super Bowl berth last season, it is instead the division’s other three teams which will be fighting to take home the division title and a guaranteed top-three seed.
The Seahawks (8-3) currently lead the Rams (7-4) and the Cardinals (6-5) for the division crown, and with the league’s most lethal offense, they look to be the best bet to win the division, leaving L.A. and Arizona to fight for Wild Card berths.
However, with the Rams holding a potential tiebreaker over Seattle and a hot Arizona team looking like a candidate to win every week, nothing is certain at this point.
The NFL’s saddest division in 2020 has been the NFC East, where a foursome of sub-500 teams are battling it out to try to sneak into the playoffs as one of the weakest postseason teams in the league’s history.
The 4-7 Giants are currently tied with Washington for the division lead, and would win it if the season ended today based on a tiebreaker.
However, the arguably more-talented Eagles (3-7-1) and Cowboys (3-8) could both still easily sneak ahead and claim a playoff spot which would feel like a miracle to any of the four teams involved.
Which teams do you think will make the playoffs?