The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos can clinch their division titles in the American Football Conference by winning today.
The Patriots (10-4) will host the Buffalo Bills and can take the title in the Eastern Division by winning one of their remaining games, against the Bills or against the Dolphins in Miami on Monday night, Dec. 18.
If the Patriots finish in a first-place tie with the Dolphins (9-5) by defeating the Bills and losing in Miami, New Engiand will be the division winner on the basis of a better intradivision record, 6-2 versus 5-3.
The Broncos will be at home against the Kansas City Chiefs and can clinch thehome-field advantage West title by winning one of two remaining games. Denver will host Pittsburgh on Saturday, Dec. 16.
If the Broncos (9-5) finish in a firstplace tie with either the Oakland Raiders (8-6), or Seattle Seahawks (8-6) or both, Denver will be the division champion because the Broncos swept all four from those two clubs.
Should New England and Denver win today, Miami, Oakland, Houston, Seattle, San Diego, Cleveland and New York may remain in the running for two AFC wild-card spots.
Miami and Houston can win those berths by winning their two remaining games.
The Dolphins host the Raiders today. The Oilers play at New Orleans today and host San Diego next Sunday.
The New York Jets have a shot at the Eastern Division title or a wildcard spot.
If the Jets, Patriots and Dolphins finish in a 10-6 first-place tie, New York would be the division champion on the basis of the records against common opponents.
The Jets would be 8-4, the Dolphins 8-4 and the Patriots 7-5, with a season sweep over Miami. The Jets play today at Cleveland and finish at home against Dallas.
In the NFC, Eastern division champion Dallas plays at Philadelphia and can clinch the home-field advantage for divisional playoffs on Dec. 30-31 by defeating the Eagles, who remain in the wild-card race.
Green Bay can clinch a wild-card spot by winning today at Chicago and at Los Angeles on Sunday, Dec. 17.
If the Eagles lose today, Green Bay can clinch a playoff berth by winning.