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The Denver Broncos set the single-season record for points scored (606). Surely they have the best offense among the league's 12 playoff teams ... right? If they do, where do the other squads rank? Click on the images below to set your list!

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NFL playoff offenses

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The Seahawks and Broncos went 13-3 and earned No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences. But which one is the best of the 12-team 2013-14 NFL playoff field? Or do you believe one of the others -- perhaps the upstart Panthers, or the experienced Patriots -- should earn the top spot? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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NFL playoff teams

49ers

49ers

12-4, 2nd in NFC West

Bengals

Bengals

11-5, 1st in AFC North

Broncos

Broncos

13-3, 1st in AFC West

Chargers

Chargers

9-7, 3rd in AFC West

Chiefs

Chiefs

11-5, 2nd in AFC West

Colts

Colts

11-5, 1st in AFC South

Eagles

Eagles

10-6, 1st in NFC East

Packers

Packers

8-7-1, 1st in NFC North

Panthers

Panthers

12-4, 1st in NFC South

Patriots

Patriots

12-4, 1st in AFC East

Saints

Saints

11-5, 2nd in NFC South

Seahawks

Seahawks

13-3, 1st in NFC West

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Kevin HuberAP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Punters are athletes -- this much is not in dispute -- but they're athletes with a focus on kicking things and not necessarily on tackling people. That being said, if they're in position to make a play, blockers have to take them into account. Terence Garvin did a bit more than take punter Kevin Huber into account, however -- he broke Huber's jaw and cracked a vertebra in his neck as a result of a massive hit during a 68-yard touchdown return in Sunday's Bengals-Steelers game. Officials didn't throw a flag, but this seems exactly like the type of hit that the NFL will come down on during its review.

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Ravens change playoff picture?

Six Justin Tucker field goals -- including a 61-yarder with 38 seconds left -- were all the Baltimore Ravens needed on "Monday Night Football" to throw three playoff races for a loop. By beating the Detroit Lions 18-16, Baltimore moved to 8-6 and within one game of the Cincinnati Bengals atop the AFC North. By losing, Detroit fell to 7-7 and a surprising third in an NFC North Division it recently controlled. And then there's the AFC wild-card race, which still features three strong candidates -- four if you count Cincinnati -- fighting for one last spot. How will it all shake out?

  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Which of these teams will earn the last AFC wild-card spot?

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  • Which of these teams would be most dangerous in the playoffs?

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  • What are the chances the Patriots and Bengals don't both win their respective divisions?

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  • Will the Lions ever win a playoff game with Matthew Stafford as starting quarterback?

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  • Is Jim Schwartz on the hot seat?

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  • Will a kicker ever hit a 70-yard field goal in a game?

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Bengals contenders? Colts doomed?

The Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts entered Sunday with the same record. In the game, though, they looked worlds apart. The Bengals won 42-28 over Indy -- and it wasn't even that close; a late Colts TD pulled them to within two scores. What does this game say about these teams, both now and for their playoff future?

What do you make of the Bengals' 42-28 win over the Colts?

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  • Are the Bengals legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • Are the Colts legitimate Super Bowl contenders?

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  • Will the Bengals win a playoff game this season?

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  • Which is the biggest reason behind the Colts' recent struggles?

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  • Is Andrew Luck a top-five QB right now?

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  • Will the Bengals ever reach a Super Bowl with Andy Dalton as their quarterback?

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