Here is a breakdown of each team, handicapping the race with seven weeks left in the regular season.

A 5-4 team (Buffalo) has the inside track to the AFC’s second wild-card berth. All four NFC clubs with the same record — Atlanta, Dallas, Green Bay and Detroit — would be shut out in their conference if the playoffs began today because Seattle (6-3) currently controls the No. 6 playoff seed.

The Tigers proceeded to go on a drive that killed over nine minutes off the clock and were set up for a 25-yard field goal. However, kicker Connor Culp missed the chip shot and the score remained at 30-10. The Volunteers reached LSU territory on their final possession but, once again, turned the ball over on downs. LSU took the knee to end the game, capping off a 17:06 scoring drought.

The Patriots, who practiced during the week at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in order to prepare for the high altitude of Mexico City, have now won six consecutive games and were able to keep pace with the Steelers atop the AFC.

The Raiders, who had a bye last week and are hoping to remain a part of the AFC playoff picture, experienced the altitude of Mexico City last season, when they beat the Texans at Azteca Stadium in the first ever “Monday Night Football” game played outside the United States. That experience didn’t do Oakland much good Sunday.

The Packers have drafted four defensive backs in either the first or second round over the last three years, but collectively, Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, Kevin King and Josh Jones haven’t been ready to make an impact for one reason or another. nike_steelers_713

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