It’s still early in the 2017 NFL season, but with the halfway point just around the corner, it’s time to see which teams’ strong starts have them positioned to make the playoffs.
What stands out in our first look at the NFL playoff picture this year is the fact that the AFC field looks similar to that of last season, minus disappointing Oakland (2-4). As for the NFC, things are totally out of whack, as four new teams are making strong cases to crash the postseason party.
No. 2 seed — Steelers (4-2): First place, AFC North. That was a big win in Kansas City to make the Steelers feel like they’re back near the top of the AFC after last week’s Jaguars debacle. Feeding Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown like that can win them a ton more games. Winning the division has become easier with Baltimore fading fast.
Notably, running back Ezekiel Elliott had 125 yards on the ground for the Cowboys. They need him to be good in Sunday’s game, too. Through four games, Elliott has 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Prescott has completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 941 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions.
Rodgers has completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 1,146 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in four games this season. They’ve had a lot of trouble getting the running game going, with Ty Montgomery leading the team with 46 carries for 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Green Bay has won its past two games, dominating the Chicago Bears in their last outing and beating the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24 prior to that. Their lone loss on the year came to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.
Dallas is 2-2, having lost to the surprisingly decent Los Angeles Rams in their last outing. That was a close game, but the Denver Broncos completely dominated them in Week 2. Their wins are over the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals.