John Clayton's mailbag: Three losses to losing teams have made the Steelers' quest for a playoff berth a lot tougher.
Thanks to a gift win, the Bengals have a leg up in the AFC North, John Clayton writes. Plus, NFC South strides, the reality of backup QBs and more.
For Jets and other teams hoping to contend, it's time to assert themselves, writes John Clayton.
Week 12 will sort out the pretenders and contenders, writes John Clayton.
The Bears look legit, but the Buccaneers aren't quite ready to make real noise, John Clayton writes in his latest mailbag.
If the Houston Texans really are going to establish themselves as contenders, they must beat the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, writes John Clayton.
After a tumultuous offseason, the Eagles want to establish themselves as one of the NFC's top contenders. The first test comes Sunday at Carolina, writes John Clayton.
Peering into his crystal ball, John Clayton forecasts three teams in each conference as 2009 title favorites.
Are the Redskins legitimate contenders? It depends on how they weather a critical two-game road swing, which starts Sunday in Dallas, writes John Clayton.
With two weeks left in the regular season, John Clayton looks at the wild-card contenders and how it might shake out.
The Ravens' win over the Steelers guaranteed that any talk about Super Bowl contenders must include Baltimore.
NFL teams need to learn that first-round receivers don't always have to turn into No. 1 receivers, writes John Clayton.
While the Week 16 action took some of the suspense out of next weekend's season finales, there are still playoff scenarios to be sorted out.