Believe it or not, we’re already at the midway point of the 2017 NFL campaign. Now that we’re finally getting to the good part of the season, we’ve begun to see some of the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders. As we can gather by looking at the updated NFL playoff picture following Week 8, though, there are still some unexpected teams trying to force their way into the postseason.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at what the field would look like if the NFL playoffs began ahead of Week 9. Even with half of the season in the rearview mirror, there’s still plenty of football left to be played and more for us to learn about this year’s top contenders.