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The Seattle Seahawks rode the league's best scoring defense to a 13-3 record and the top seed in the NFC. Close behind: the second-seeded Carolina Panthers. Are these the top two defenses among the NFL's 12 playoff teams? Click on the images to set your rankings!

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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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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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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

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13-3, 1st in NFC West

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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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While the Denver Broncos were taking control of the AFC West against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the other three top AFC contenders took care of business to extend their leads atop their respective divisions. And although none has officially clinched, the Cincinnati Bengals (two games up), New England Patriots (three) and Indianapolis Colts (also three) seem destined to host playoff contests come January.

Elsewhere, the Miami Dolphins moved to .500 by hammering the New York Jets, while the Baltimore Ravens looked on after beating the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thanksgiving. Which wild-card contender will taste the postseason? How will the division leaders fare?


Patriots' outlook?

The Patriots moved to 9-3 on Sunday -- but had to eke out a win over Houston.

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How far will the Patriots go this season?

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Bengals' outlook?

The Bengals topped the host Chargers 17-10, moving them to 8-4 with three home games left.

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How far will the Bengals go this season?

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Colts' outlook?

Indy hasn't looked great of late but is 8-4 and should cruise to the AFC South title.

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How far will the Colts go this season?

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Last spot?

The Dolphins and Ravens are one game ahead of a four-team pack at 5-7.

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If the top five playoff spots hold in the AFC, which team will earn the sixth?

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