AFC East: Patriots (10-2)
The Bills are hot on the heals of the Patriots. But, the only way they take the division is with a win in New England in December. That seems unlikely.

AFC North: Ravens (10-2)
The Ravens are on fire right now and can clinch the division with a win in Buffalo this week.

AFC South: Colts Texans (8-4)
The Texans have emerged as a team to be reckoned with. A huge win last week over the Patriots proved that they are ready for the playoffs. That said, they still have 2 games remaining against the Titans who are only a game behind.

AFC West: Chiefs (8-4)
With a 2 game lead and the head to head tiebreaker, the Chiefs only need 2 wins to take the division. The Raiders really needed to win last week.

AFC Wildcard Picks: Bills (9-3), Raiders (6-6)
The Bills just need one more win and theyre pretty much guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. The Raiders will have to win at least 3. They have the easiest remaining schedule in the AFC.

NFC East: Eagles (5-7)
The Eagles last 4 games are against the worst team in the division (Giants), the 3rd worst team in the division (Redskins), twice, and the one team (Cowboys) they need to beat to make the playoffs. 8-8 could be enough to win in the NFC East.

NFC North: Packers (9-3)
The only hard teams the Packers and Vikings have left are each other. The Packers can lock this division down with a week 16 win in Minnesota.

NFC South: Saints (10-2)
The Saints have already clinched the NFC south. Now all theyre playing for is a first round bye. They already have a win over the Seahawks and Packers. Now they need to beat the 49ers this week.

NFC West: Seahawks (10-2)
This is the best division in the league. They also have the hardest remaining schedules in the league. Ultimately, the winner wont be decided until the 49ers visit the Seahawks in week 17.

NFC Wildcard Picks: 49ers (10-2), Vikings, (8-4)
The Rams are doing well but their remaining schedule is ridiculously hard. It wont surprise me if a 10-6 team doesnt make the playoffs in the NFC.

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There was a big shake up at the top. The 5 best teams are all 10-2 after week 13 and each one moved at least one spot. At the bottom, the Lions continue to fall. The Bengals get a win and the Giants join them in last place.

RankChangeTeamScoreChangeWinsLossesTies
12Seahawks581310-20
23Ravens571710-20
3-149ers52310-20
4-3Patriots50-110-20
5-1Saints49810-20
60Packers3739-30
71Texans32108-40
8-1Chiefs3188-40
91Bills23109-30
10-2Vikings21-18-40
110Rams1767-50
120Steelers1477-50
135Titans567-50
14-1Browns2-45-70
15-1Raiders-3-46-60
15-1Colts-3-46-60
17-3Cowboys-4-56-60
182Bears-836-60
192Buccaneers-1035-70
20-3Eagles-11-115-70
21-2Panthers-12-95-70
225Broncos-2424-80
23-1Jaguars-27-74-80
24-2Chargers-28-84-80
24-2Cardinals-28-83-81
260Falcons-29-53-90
272Dolphins-3623-90
27-5Jets-36-164-80
29-1Lions-38-103-81
300Redskins-4303-90
311Bengals-5411-110
310Giants-54-92-100
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The Patriots and 49ers get big wins this week and start to put a little space between them and the rest of the pack. The Packers took a big hit as the only top 5 team to lose this week. The Bengals continue their quest for perfection and remain a strong last place. The Lions are quickly reminding us that football might not belong in Detroit as they plunge to the bottom. Contrast that with the Jets who are on a 3 game winning streak and could just be the Cinderella story for the playoffs this year. Its unlikely, but there arent many AFC teams trying for the wildcard right now.

RankChangeTeamScoreChangeWinsLossesTies
10Patriots511310-10
2049ers491310-10
31Seahawks45109-20
41Saints4199-20
51Ravens40119-20
6-4Packers34-28-30
70Chiefs23-17-40
81Texans2257-40
80Vikings2208-30
102Bills1368-30
11-1Rams1106-50
121Steelers716-50
134Browns655-60
141Cowboys1-26-50
14-1Colts1-56-50
14-3Raiders1-86-50
17-1Eagles0-25-60
181Titans-136-50
19-1Panthers-3-35-60
200Bears-1105-60
211Buccaneers-1324-70
226Jets-2054-70
224Cardinals-20-13-71
223Chargers-20-24-70
22-1Jaguars-20-64-70
26-4Falcons-24-93-80
270Broncos-26-63-80
28-6Lions-28-133-71
290Dolphins-38-72-90
301Redskins-4312-90
31-1Giants-45-82-90
320Bengals-55-90-110
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Its been a while since the top 2 teams had the best records but here we are. The Patriots and 49ers have finally overcome their easy schedules to put together enough points to take the top. The Falcons continue to play spoiler in the NFC South with a surprise win against the Panthers.

At the bottom, the Redskins suffer another embarrassing loss. This week to the Jets. If they play their cards right they could take the bottom spot from the Bengals next week.

RankChangeTeamScoreChangeWinsLossesTies
13Patriots38109-10
2149ers3669-10
2-1Packers3628-20
4-2Seahawks3548-20
50Saints3258-20
60Ravens2988-20
71Chiefs2477-40
81Vikings2268-30
9-2Texans17-16-40
100Steelers1655-50
112Rams1166-40
120Raiders916-40
131Bills737-30
142Colts646-40
152Cowboys346-40
16-1Eagles2-15-50
17-6Panthers0-95-50
180Titans-405-50
191Browns-9-24-60
20-1Bears-11-64-60
21-1Jaguars-14-74-60
225Falcons-1553-70
222Buccaneers-15-33-70
220Lions-15-63-61
25-2Chargers-18-84-70
260Cardinals-19-33-71
27-2Broncos-20-53-70
280Jets-2503-70
290Dolphins-31-52-80
301Giants-37-22-80
31-1Redskins-44-101-90
320Bengals-46-80-100
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Well, it was bound to happen, the 49ers lost. The Seahawks win over the undefeated Niners propelled them into the #2 spot, just 3 points behind the Packers. The Saints fell from #1 to #5 with a fluke loss to the terrible Falcons. On the other end, the Bengals are the only team with a perfect season and are sitting alone in last place. Though, the Giants are only 3 points higher and could easily become the worst team in the league.

RankChangeTeamScoreChangeWinsLossesTies
12Packers3488-20
24Seahawks31128-20
3-149ers3008-10
40Patriots2858-10
5-4Saints27-67-20
62Ravens2137-20
7-1Texans18-16-30
8-3Chiefs17-46-40
91Vikings1677-30
104Steelers1165-40
11-2Panthers9-35-40
123Raiders855-40
13-3Rams5-45-40
14-1Bills4-46-30
152Eagles315-40
16-6Colts2-75-40
17-2Cowboys-1-45-40
185Titans-475-50
193Bears-534-50
205Browns-773-60
20-1Jaguars-7-14-50
22-4Lions-9-73-51
23-3Chargers-10-34-60
240Buccaneers-1203-60
251Broncos-1503-60
26-6Cardinals-16-93-61
271Falcons-2052-70
281Jets-2522-70
291Dolphins-2642-70
301Redskins-34-31-80
31-4Giants-35-122-80
32-1Bengals-38-70-90
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Here we are, half way through the season.

AFC East: Patriots (8-1)
This weeks loss to the Ravens was a reality check. The Pats still have the hard part of the season ahead of them but so do the Bills. If Buffalo wants this division they will have to win in Foxborough.

AFC North: Browns Ravens (6-2)
I believe I called this division a dumpster fire in my early season picks. Well, like a Phoenix, the Ravens have emerged from the ashes. They are on a 4 game winning streak including 2 playoff hopefuls. The Steelers are on the upswing right now too but without Big Ben I dont think theyll be able to catch the Purple Murder

AFC South: Colts (5-3)
This is the closest division in the league. All 4 teams could end up 9-7 or better. The Colts are undefeated in the division right now so Ill stick with them.

AFC West: Chiefs (6-3)
Just when I had completely written off the Chargers, they go and destroy the Packers. But, I dont think they have enough to stop the Chiefs. Especially if the Chiefs can knock out the Vikings with their back up QB.

NFC East: Cowboys (5-3)
The Eagles have not been able to get it together like I had hoped in my mid season picks. However, the Cowboys arent trying to run away with the division either. At least we know that the Giants and Redskins are out.

NFC North: Lions Packers (7-2)
Fucking Lions!

NFC South: Saints (7-1)
The Panthers have found their grove despite the absence of Cam Newton. Unfortunately, the Saints are the best team in the league right now. And their schedule is much easier.

NFC West: Seahawks (7-2)
Yup, Im not picking the undefeated 49ers. Im still not convinced that they are legit. I guess well see Monday night when the Seahawks go to Candlestick.

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The Saints had the week off and managed to hang on to first place. Though, the 49ers are hot on their heels. The Patriots got destroyed by the Ravens bringing their undefeated season to an end and matching their record to their 4th place ranking. The Bengals remain winless but have a friend at the bottom in the Redskins.

RankChangeTeamScoreChangeWinsLossesTies
10Saints3337-10
2149ers306800
3-1Packers26-27-20
40Patriots2308-10
51Chiefs2186-30
62Texans1976-30
6-1Seahawks1947-20
83Ravens18116-20
92Panthers1255-30
100Rams905-30
10-1Colts9-25-30
10-4Vikings9-46-30
130Bills826-20
144Steelers574-40
150Raiders334-40
150Cowboys335-30
170Eagles235-40
18-4Lions-2-53-41
190Jaguars-6-34-50
205Chargers-774-50
201Cardinals-7-13-51
22-3Bears-8-53-50
23-2Titans-11-54-50
240Buccaneers-12-42-60
25-4Browns-14-82-60
260Broncos-1503-60
27-1Giants-23-82-70
281Falcons-25-31-70
29-1Jets-27-111-70
302Dolphins-3001-70
310Bengals-31-20-80
31-1Redskins-31-61-80
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Billed as a direct sequel to 1978’s Halloween, this movie explores what would happen to Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) if she spent 40 years waiting for her murderous brother Michael to come back. Not just waiting, though, prepping. Laurie Strode is the ultimate badass doomsday prepper.

Things kick into high gear as Michael escapes custody while being transferred on a bus from one psychiatric prison to another. The mayhem ensues as Michael searches for things to kill, primarily his sister, Laurie.

While I won’t go so far as to say this is a perfect return to form for the Halloween franchise, it is definitely satisfying on many levels. I really liked the ambiance, tone, and pacing. Where it kind of missed the mark was the overuse of The Shape. One of the things that made the original so great was how you felt Michael’s presence (or rather the presence of evil) without seeing him much until the third act. This movie had him out and about, which wasn’t necessarily bad, but seemed to lessen the suspense of the big bad coming to get you.

I’d still happily take this one over pretty much every Halloween sequel they attempted (including the Rob Zombie remakes). I think that was the point by making the story essentially take place following the original film. A worthy sequel means the other sequels don’t really matter. I still liked Halloween II, though.

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Available to stream on: HBO (subscription required)

This is the latest installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. It’s hard to keep track of these movies, because they did a remake in 2003, a prequel, a retconned sequel to the original 1974 film, and now this pre-prequel.

The movie starts with Jed/Leatherface as a child and after a brutal murder, he is incarcerated at a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. Ten years later and a riot allows for teenage Leatherface to escape. His mother (Lili Taylor) is searching for him to reunite and a local sheriff (Stephen Dorff) searches for him to bring him to justice. Meanwhile, young Leatherface goes on a spree with a few of the other escaped mental patients.

The death sequences are incredibly gory. While I applaud the attempt at something a bit different, this doesn’t really work as a coming-of-age story for a cannibalistic, chainsaw-wielding maniac. No one was ever asking for this story to be told.

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Say his name five times and he will be summoned to start the killing. Watch three Candyman movies and you may be bored out of your mind.

The story follows Caroline (Donna D’Errico) who keeps having nightmares about Candyman and spends 95% of the movie in a tight shirt and panties. People keep dying in violent meat hooked ways, but Caroline manages to survive. Turns out that Candyman made some pact with Caroline’s mother before killing her or something.

This movie was boring AF. I was more interested in the idea of the new Jordan Peele reboot Candyman movie coming next year. Candyman himself was not that menacing or scary in this movie and the plot was far too lame to waste 90 minutes on.

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Available to stream on: Amazon Prime (subscription required)