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James Porter, Reporter

As the regular season comes to an end the playoff picture starts getting a little more clear. With four weeks left to go in the NFL’s 101st season, here are my favorites to win it all. (All stats and records are accurate going into week 14).

Kansas City Chiefs (11-1)

The Chiefs are yet having another great season with their franchise quarterback Patrick Mahomes under center. The offense is clicking on all cylinders and Mahomes is having another MVP caliber season leading the league in passing yards and touchdown to interception ratio. The only thing that worries me and Chiefs fans everywhere is the run defense. The Chiefs are giving up an average of 132.4 rushing yards per game along with an average of 4.8 yards per carry. If the Chiefs want any shot at “running it back” then their defense needs to get out there and give Mahomes some support. The Chiefs have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, and with the Pittsburgh loss on Monday night, they have their eyes set on the AFC’s lone first-round bye in the playoffs.

Upcoming Schedule: 

  • At Miami Dolphins (8-4)
  • At New Orleans Saints (10-2)
  • Atlanta Falcons (4-8)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (3-9)

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1)
The Steelers arguably have the best defense in the league and anchoring down that defense is T.J Watt, their 3rd-year linebacker. T.J leads the league in Sacks, QB pressures, and QB hits. The defense is full of star-studded players including Stephon Tuitt, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Joe Haden, Cameron Heyward, and Bud Dupree who sadly tore his ACL against the Ravens a couple of weeks ago. The Steelers can definitely give you some competition on offense. Ben Roethlisberger is also having a great season with 3,105 yards and 27 touchdown passes. Their lone loss to Washington Monday night was a rough one, but hopefully, they can bounce back and get back into sole possession of the AFC’s only playoff bye.
Upcoming Schedule: 
At Buffalo Bills (9-3)
At Cincinnati Bengals (2-9-1)
Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
At Cleveland Browns (9-3)

New Orleans Saints (10-2)

I believe the Saints are one of the most underrated teams in the league. They have been quiet with a 10-2 record. The Saints have been without their star receiver Michael Thomas for most of the season, and recently for the last few weeks, they have been without their Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. Brees could possibly be coming back this Sunday against the Eagles, but I’m sure fans have loved to see backup quarterback Taysom Hill get some reps. The Saints also have one of the better rushing defenses in the league giving up 76.6 rushing yards per game only behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Saints have clinched a spot in the playoff with their win against the Falcons this last week and right now they have sole possession of the NFC’s playoff bye week. 

Upcoming Schedule:

  • At Philadelphia Eagles (3-8-1)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (11-1)
  • Minnesota Vikings (6-6)
  • At Carolina Panthers (4-8)

Green Bay Packers (9-3)

Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP caliber season along with his number one wide receiver Davante Adams. Rodgers has 3,395 yards, 36 touchdowns, and only 4 interceptions. Davante Adams missed two games this year and still has 1,029 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Green Bay offense is one of the best in the league and has plenty of playmakers and they also have a good supporting defense as well. The Green Bay passing defense is among one of the best only giving up an average of 224.7 per game. The Packers have a pretty easy schedule ahead of them despite a matchup against the Titans, but if they keep up what they have been doing this season they have a shot at getting Aaron Rodgers a second Super Bowl title. 

Upcoming Schedule:

  • At Detroit Lions (5-7)
  • Carolina Panthers (4-8)
  • Tennessee Titans (8-4)
  • At Chicago Bears (5-7)