If the NFL playoffs began {today} … effectively, it is a good factor for a number of groups that they do not.

Whereas the 8-Zero New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers have already established themselves as front-runners for home-field benefit all through the playoffs, the image is decidedly murkier all through the league, because the AFC East is the one division during which the chief is up by greater than two video games. And with greater than half (17) of the league’s groups boasting three to 5 wins, there’s loads of room for aspiring contenders to interrupt out—or drop off—within the second half of the season.

With that in thoughts, we requested NFL writers and editors from round USA TODAY Sports activities and the USA TODAY Community: Choose one NFL group that may rise within the second half of the season and one that may fall, and clarify your choices.

Their solutions:

Fly, Eagles, fly!

It was a battle only for Philadelphia to get to .500 on the halfway level, however I anticipate the Eagles being within the hunt for a wild-card berth, if not the NFC East title. Why? They’re prone to get DeSean Jackson again this week, and that shall be an enormous enhance for an offense that wants a playmaker.

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