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1. New England Patriots (11-2)
As Tom Brady continues to pile up wins and add to his record so do the Patriots, achieving their 502nd franchise victory with their win over the Ravens on Monday night. New England is firing on all cylinders as the postseason nears. They have a 2.5 game lead in the AFC East and will have reached the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 years.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3)
The Chiefs have won eight of their last nine and have taken control of the AFC West with their big win over the Raiders in week 14. Kansas City has now swept the Raiders in back-to-back years and have won seven of their last eight meetings. They have the difficult task of maintaining their lead as they finish out the year with matchups against the Broncos, Titans and Chargers.
3. Dallas Cowboys (11-2)
The Cowboys saw their 11 game winning streak snapped as they were swept by the Giants in week 14. With the 10-7 loss, Dallas was prevented from locking up the NFC East, but do, however, remain in first place and already have punched their ticket for the postseason.
4. Oakland Raiders (10-3)
The Raiders’ struggles against Kansas City in week 14 proved costly as they lost a much needed game. With the loss, Oakland ceded first place in the AFC West and was swept by the Chiefs in the season series. Despite the loss, the Raiders are still in great position to capture their first playoff appearance since 2002.