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You know how the NFL goes: One shouldn't assume anything. But -- despite losses by the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday -- the top five playoff spots in the AFC have seemed locked up for some time. That last berth, though? The race continues to be heated. Six teams (New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers) currently are tied for that position, with 5-6 records. Three (Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders) trail by just one game. Of those nine teams, which is most likely to make the playoffs? Least likely? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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Who makes playoffs from AFC?

With each passing week, things get muddier in the AFC playoff picture. Well, not among the top five teams -- the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals all have one foot through the postseason door. But that last spot is up for grabs, with eight teams within one game of qualifying.

The New York Jets, they of a 37-14 loss at Buffalo on Sunday, are tied for the spot. The Miami Dolphins, who gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their first win all season, also own a 5-5 record. A trio of AFC North teams -- the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens -- all are 4-6, as are the Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. How will the whole thing play out?

  • Will the AFC's current top five teams (Kansas City, Denver, New England, Indianapolis and Cincinnati) all make the playoffs?

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  • If the top five playoff spots (Chiefs, Bengals, Patriots, Colts, Broncos) hold in the AFC, which team will earn the sixth?

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  • Which 4-6 AFC North team has the best chance of making the playoffs?

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  • Which of these surprising playoff contenders has the best shot of reaching the postseason?

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  • Are the Chargers (4-6, 4 games against Kansas City, Denver and Cincinnati remaining) finished?

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  • How has the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito situation affected the Dolphins?

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  • Which team had the biggest win Sunday?

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  • The Jets pulled Geno Smith during Sunday's 37-14 loss at Buffalo. Should they bench him next week at Baltimore?

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AFC playoff race heating up

Six AFC teams end Week 10 within one game of the second wild-card spot. Two -- the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns -- are clawing ever closer to the top of the AFC North, whose leader (the Cincinnati Bengals) lost its second straight game Sunday and its defensive leader last Thursday. In other words, intrigue abounds in the season's final seven weeks.

  • If the AFC's top five teams (Chiefs, Broncos, Patriots, Colts, Bengals) all reach the playoffs, which team will grab the other slot?

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  • Which team will win the AFC?

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  • Will the AFC's current top five teams (Kansas City, Denver, New England, Indianapolis and Cincinnati) all make the playoffs?

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  • Which of the AFC's current top five is in the most danger of missing the playoffs?

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  • Which team will win the AFC West?

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  • Will the Bengals (6-4, 1.5 games up on Browns and Ravens) win the AFC North?

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Are Steelers back in the race?

The Cincinnati Bengals' back-to-back late wins have them two games up in the AFC North. But things are getting interesting elsewhere in the division, as the Pittsburgh Steelers won their second straight Sunday with a last-second field goal against the hated Baltimore Ravens. That puts Pittsburgh at 2-4 -- hardly a dazzling record, but enough to leave them hovering around the AFC's second wild-card spot. Also there: Baltimore, which at 3-4 isn't exactly reminding of last season's Super Bowl champions.

Are the Steelers (2-4) legitimate playoff contenders?

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  • How many games will the Steelers (2-4) win this season?

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  • What's your take on the Ravens this season?

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  • Will the Ravens (3-4) make the playoffs?

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  • What will the Steelers' (2-4) record be when they travel to Baltimore on Nov. 28? (Schedule: @OAK, @NE, vs. BUF, vs. DET, @CLE)

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  • What will the Ravens' (3-4) record be when they host Pittsburgh on Nov. 28? (Schedule: @CLE, vs. CIN, @CHI, vs. NYJ)

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  • Which best reflects your view of the Bengals' standing in the AFC North?

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NFL Week 7 -- Ravens at Steelers

Not long ago -- last year, maybe? -- Ravens-Steelers was among the NFL's best rivalries. And that was before Baltimore won the most recent Super Bowl. This season, though, both teams are struggling. Baltimore is stuck at .500 and Pittsburgh is coming off its first win of the season. With the Cincinnati Bengals not running away with the division, the Ravens remain in contention no matter what happens Sunday. But the Steelers might already be facing a must-win.

Which team will win the Ravens-Steelers game in Pittsburgh?

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  • Is Sunday's game vs. the Ravens a must-win for the Steelers?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • What do you make of Le'Veon Bell's struggles Sunday at the Jets (16 car, 34 yds)?

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  • Is Ray Rice (197 rush yards, 2.8 YPC this season) done as an elite running back?

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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • Which team has the better defense?

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  • What do you make of Mike Tomlin banning games in the Steelers' locker room?

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  • Mike Tomlin has banned his players from flipping into the end zone, citing "the potential for injury." How do you feel about flipping into the end zone?

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