The NFL is heading into Super Bowl week, and a few teams are in danger of not making it out of the first round.
The following list is based on what is currently known and what is projected to happen in the second half of the regular season.
(The following list will likely change over the course of the playoffs.)1.
New England Patriots.
After a rough first half of their season, they are already on pace to win their second Super Bowl title in three years.
The Pats have been the best team in the league in the final five games, and they could be even better.2.
Green Bay Packers.
The Packers haven’t won the Super Game since 2008.
They haven’t lost in Super Bowl history.3.
The Eagles are playing better than ever, but they are only one game back of the top seed.4.
The Ravens have been a powerhouse the past few years, but the defense is not at the same level it was before the Ray Rice scandal.5.
The Bears are in the midst of a big rebuild.
But if they stay healthy, this could be a very good team.6.
The Broncos have struggled on offense and the defense.
The defense has been an incredible strength for them, but if the offense keeps getting the job done, they could get a lot of things right.7.
Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have a chance to be the best offensive team in football, but it will be a lot tougher to win in Kansas City.8.
The Seahawks are a great team, but not the team you want to win it all.9.
San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers are still very much in the Superdome era.
But they are not the same team they were in the early part of the decade.10.
The Titans have been really good for a while, but their quarterback situation is very unclear.11.
The Cardinals are coming off a big win over the Bengals, and could be one of the teams to take home the Super Dome.12.
The Lions are getting better, but don’t have the talent to win an NFC North title.13.
The Bills haven’t played very well in recent weeks, and it’s going to be hard to top that.14.
The Dolphins have played better than expected, but can they win it in Miami?15.
The Bengals were one of those teams that got to the Superbowl.
They need a few more wins to take the division title.16.
New Orleans Saints.
The Saints could be in for a tough start to the season.17.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers are looking for their first winning season since 2002.18.
The Redskins could be without Robert Griffin III.19.
The Panthers have struggled mightily over the past couple of seasons, but there is a chance they can come back and finish strong.20.
The Vikings could be back in the NFC title picture after the bye week.21.
The Jaguars are getting back to their old ways.22.
The Texans have been very inconsistent this year, but have shown flashes of their old magic.23.
The Falcons could be an early playoff favorite if they can find their way back into the NFC South.24.
Green Beret Packers.
A lot of people are calling the Packers the best defense in the NFL.25.
There is a real possibility the Titans could win the NFC East.26.
The Cowboys could be looking at their first losing season since 2007.27.
The Colts are not going to win another division title in the next few years.28.
The Raiders have struggled for years, and have been out of playoff contention for years.29.
St. Louis Rams.
The Rams could be the surprise team of the year.30.
Miami is in the playoff picture, but are not as good as they were before Ray Rice.31.
New York Giants.
The Giants are in rebuilding mode after a great start to their season.32.
Jacksonville could be playing better as they go into the playoffs.33.
San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers have had their ups and downs the past two years, even though they are one of these teams that might have to pull out of this whole thing.34.
New Mexico State Aggies.
The Aggies are a lot more dangerous in the passing game than they were a year ago.35.
The Tigers could be very dangerous to the Patriots.36.
The Bearcats could be just the kind of team that makes this an exciting game.37.
The Hurricanes could be good.38.
Buffalo Wild Wings.
The Wild Wings could be great.39.