After starting 1-5, the Colts have done all they can to get back into the playoff hunt, but they still need to be perfect through the final stretch of the season if they are going to play into January.
Similar to the Chargers last season, who won seven of their final eight games of the year only to miss out on the postseason due to tiebreakers, how hot you're playing at the end of the year doesn't matter if you've already shot yourself in the foot in September.
The team that takes the final wild-card spot in the AFC will have at the very least nine wins, and there's a good chance one of the four teams knotted at 7-6 runs the table and gets to 10.
With rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield now the de facto leader of the team, the Browns have played with renewed vigor, winning three of their past four games.
Despite currently holding a playoff spot, the Vikings are still going through something of an upheaval — firing offensive coordinator John DeFilippo with just three weeks left in the season isn't quite the sign of confidence you see in teams gearing up for a deep run in the playoffs.
Of the top four teams currently in the running for the final playoff spot in the NFC, Cam Newton is far and away the best quarterback still standing.
Unfortunately for the Packers, even if they do run the table to get to 8-7-1 on the year, making the postseason is partly out of their hands — Rodgers and company will need every team above them to drop at least a game for them to sneak a spot in January.
Kyler Murray led an electric Oklahoma Sooners offense all the way to the College Football Playoff and was named on 92% of all ballots — the third-highest percentage in voting history — en route to taking home the Heisman Trophy.
Before Murray became a national sensation by throwing for 4,053 yards during the 2018 regular season, the Allen, Texas, native caught the attention of the Oakland A's while playing baseball for the Sooners.
Murray has publicly expressed interest in playing both sports at the highest level but acknowledges that it may not be possible.
A team could choose to draft Murray even if he expresses his intention to play baseball this spring.
Should he opt to participate in this year's NFL Draft, Murray would need to submit his name for early entry by January 14.