No matter what happens tomorrow in New England, the Colts will still be in first place in the AFC South. The only question is if they'll be alone. Here's who to root for this week.
Browns at Jaguars
Ravens at Panthers
Redskins at Titans
Raiders at Steelers
Broncos at Chargers
Obviously, we are rooting against the AFC South and against the AFC in general in cross conference matchups.
Also, I think we all expect the Chargers to be a playoff team, or at least close, so let's pull against them. That also means rooting for Oakland for three reasons:
1. Oakland wins hurt the Patriots' 2011 draft. If Oakland wins that division, the Seymour trade can be worth no higher than the 20th pick. The Pats screwed that deal up as it hurt them last season and now, and won't pay out with the high pick they had hoped.
2. Oakland wins hurt the Chargers
3. Losses by the Steelers help the Colts.
Texans at Jets
Are you more worried about the South or the #1 seed? A Jets loss and a Colts win, and Indy has the top spot in the conference. A loss to the Jets, however, would all but eliminate the flagging Texans. However, if the Colts lose to the Patriots, a Jets win keeps them in control of the AFC East, and could STILL end up sending New England to Indianapolis regardless of the outcome of the game Sunday. The only bad combination is a Texans win and a Colts loss.
Cardinals at Chiefs
Who would you rather play in the playoffs: San Diego or Kansas City? Yeah, me too. Time to start pulling for KC.