wiscopetty
Thought I'd start this, since the week-to-week discussions don't get much traction.

Here are the standings if the playoffs started today:

AFC
(1) Patriots vs. (6) Texans
(2) Colts vs. (5) Bills
(3) Ravens vs. (4) Chiefs

NFC
(1) 49ers vs. (6) Vikings
(2) Saints vs. (5) Seahawks
(3) Packers vs. (4) Cowboys

The AFC is New England's to lose, no question. Their average margin of victory this year is 23.6 points. The rest of the conference continues to fail to put up any meaningful resistance to the Pats' dynasty. Not a good sign when the #2 seed in the conference is led by a backup quarterback.

Meanwhile, the NFC is as wide-open as I can remember. Certainly, the 49ers have been nearly as dominant as the Patriots, but there isn't much drop-off from 1 to 6. All three of those playoff games would be very entertaining IMO.

MVP: Russell Wilson
This is a really tough call. I think Wilson is neck-and-neck with Mahomes and Rodgers. Overall, I give it to Wilson because Seattle has leaned on him more this year than they have in years' past. Rodgers has definitely come on strong lately but started off slow, by his standards. Who knows how Mahomes will perform off his injury.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Kyler Murray
Not the most stellar crop of candidates, and Josh Jacobs has put up good numbers, but Murray gets the nod here.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Nick Bosa
Bosa really anchors that stellar San Francisco defensive line. Relatively easy choice here.

Coach of the Year: Kyle Shanahan
Again, some good candidates for this pick, especially in the NFC, but it's hard not to immediately think of Shanahan for this award. Almost no one saw the 49ers jumping out to the start they have so far.

AFC Championship: Chiefs @ Patriots
Winner: Patriots

NFC Championship: Packers @ 49ers
Winner: 49ers

Super Bowl Champion: Patriots over 49ers

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wiscopetty
One other thing I'll add is that I believe Seattle is due for some regression in the second half. Their schedule has been atrocious, their point differential is only +12 (Packers is +52, for comparison), and a lot of advanced metrics really don't bode well for them – their SRS (0.1) ranks below teams like the Panthers, Bears, and Buccaneers.
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db11
Heckuva fall from grace for the Rams there...
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Packers with an absolute dud in L.A. today to fall to 7-2...a record that I maintain is still flattering relative to their overall talent level.

They lost no ground, however, as the rest of the NFC North all went down as well.
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