Time for another edition of Swami Sez! It's been long overdue, and with the dreaded Christmas evil behind us, ONWARD! As always, play the music to get that extra amped up effect. I'm going to post my current playoff teams and talk about each a bit. AFC 1. Houston Texans 2. New York Jets 3. Baltimore Ravens 4. Oakland Raiders 5. New England Patriots 6. San Diego Chargers Houston sports the #3 scoring offense in football and a defense that plays its best football on 3rd down. Electrifying rookie Torrey Sanders pairs with offensive staples Arian Foster and Andre Johnson and defenses just don't have an answer. I like Houston to go DEEP this year. New York is one of those teams that isn't going to wow you with stats but they just find a way to win games. They're efficient on offense and sport a top 5 defense. Consistency is paramount in NY, can they find the right mix on offense to bring home a championship? I think they can, but Houston will have a large say in it. Baltimore continues racking up wins on the ground with Ray Rice and through the air to rookie WR Dallas Strong who is raw but has unbelievable athletic tools. The defense continues to slow down and show weakness but I'd give this top 10 offense a chance against any team come playoff time. Oakland has surprised a lot of people with their top ranked defense and 1-2 punch at the RB position with LeSean McCoy and rookie Nyjee Dyer. We've seen this formula work before with championship teams but can Jason Campbell lead this team to the promised land? New England Patriots - two words; Tom. Brady. The Patriots have struggled at times but I expect them to turn the corner on the arm of Mr. Brady and come playoff time you never underestimate the Patriots. Never. San Diego seems like they are in the playoff conversation every year yet we've yet to see them make a deep run. Is this team different? They hit the top 10 in various offensive and defensive categories so we know they can play but they'll need to find a running game to convince me entirely. I expect the wild card race to be tight regardless. NFC 1. NY Giants 2. Carolina Panthers 3. Detroit Lions 4. San Francisco 49ers 5. Washington Redskins 6. Atlanta Falcons The Giants are my #1 seed and will continue to be until someone figures out how to block Jason Pierre Paul. The NFL is reportedly investigating the Giants organization for undisclosed infractions but rumors are nothing more than hearsay until more is heard from the league office. Regardless, the Giants are 8-1 and rolling right now. Some may find it curious that the Panthers are here but keep in mind the Panthers just blanked a good Colts team 29-0, won a stunning comeback the week before against the Saints and convincingly beat the Falcons earlier in the season. The Panthers and Cam Newton are here to stay. Detroit will make a bid for the top seed out of the NFC, along with the Panthers, as long as Calvin Johnson stays on the field. He demands so much attention, Detroit literally cannot go wrong. Teams have been triple covering him and he still leads the NFL in yards and touchdowns. He is on an entirely different level right now, and so is Detroit. San Francisco is a quiet 7-2 team, very quiet. Lucky for them, you don't win football games with your mouth. The #1 rushing offense and #2 in total defense. Yes sir, San Francisco is for real. They play in a weak division but they're for real all right. Washington fans may find themselves shocked to be down this far but this is a projection based on the assumption that the Giants will win the NFC East, giving Washington the 5th seed at best. Their only loss was a 40-0 demolishing by the Giants so they could very well be a Superbowl team if not for the Giants. We'll find out come playoff time. Atlanta is much like Washington in that they are here solely because of the competition within their division. Atlanta is probably a top 2 team in the AFC yet they find them selves fighting for their playoff lives and a wildcard in the NFC. Will the AFC ever close the gap?