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With three weeks remaining in the regular season, 13 of 16 AFC clubs are squeezed together in the conference's playoff picture. The San Diego Chargers are the lone team among the 16 to have clinched a postseason berth, earning the AFC West crown last week.

(Dec. 12, 2006) -- With three weeks remaining in the regular season, 13 of 16 AFC clubs are squeezed together in the conference's playoff picture. The San Diego Chargers are the lone team among the 16 to have clinched a postseason berth, earning the AFC West crown last week.

Baltimore (10-3), Indianapolis (10-3) and New England (9-4) all have an opportunity to clinch division titles this week. Nine other clubs are wedged together between 8-5 and 6-7, toiling for a division championship or wild-card berth.

"The only thing that matters is us," said Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, whose team stands at 8-5 and controls its own playoff destiny. The final three games on the Bengals' schedule places the team at Indianapolis, at Denver and home against Pittsburgh.

"Nothing around us really affects what we do," Lewis said. "If we're a playoff team, we have to prove it by beating playoff teams. Those are the teams we're competing with. Those are the teams we get to play the next three weeks. We have no better opportunity than to go play, win the games, and everything else will take care of itself."

Following are the records of AFC playoff contenders, their remaining games and their wins and losses against other AFC playoff hopefuls:

AFC EAST

TEAM/GAMES VS. CONTENDERSOVERALLDIV.CONF.Week 151617
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS9-44-25-4HouAt JacAt Tenn
Wins: Buf (2), NYJ, Mia, Cin; Losses: Den, Ind, NYJ, Mia
NEW YORK JETS7-63-25-5At MinAt MiaOak
Wins: Tenn, Buf, Mia, NE; Losses: NE, Ind, Jac, Buf
BUFFALO BILLS6-72-34-5MiaTennAt Bal
Wins: Mia, NYJ, Jac; Losses: NE (2), NYJ, Ind, SD
MIAMI DOLPHINS6-71-33-6At BufNYJAt Ind
Wins: Tenn, NE, KC; Losses: Pit, Buf, NE, NYJ, Jac

AFC NORTH

TEAM/GAMES VS. CONTENDERSOVERALLDIV.CONF.Week 151617
BALTIMORE RAVENS10-33-17-2CleAt PitBuf
Wins: SD, Cin, Ten, Pit, KC; Losses: Den, Cin
CINCINNATI BENGALS8-54-16-3At IndAt DenPit
Wins: KC, Pit, Bal; Losses: NE, Bal, SD
PITTSBURGH STEELERS6-72-24-6At CarBalAt Cin
Wins: Mia, KC; Losses: Jac, Cin, SD, Den, Bal

AFC SOUTH

TEAM/GAMES VS. CONTENDERSOVERALLDIV.CONF.Week 151617
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS10-33-27-2CinAt HouMia
Wins: Hou, Jac, Tenn, NYJ, Den, NE, Buf; Losses: Tenn, Jac
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS8-52-35-4At TennNEAt KC
Wins: Pit, NYJ, Tenn, Mia; Losses: Ind, Buf
TENNESSEE TITANS6-73-23-6JacAt BufNE
Wins: Ind; Losses: NYJ, SD, Mia, Ind, Jac, Bal

AFC WEST

TEAM/GAMES VS. CONTENDERSOVERALLDIV.CONF.Week 151617
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS*11-24-29-2KCAt SeaArz
Wins: Tenn, Pit, Cin, Den (2), Buf; Losses: Bal, KC
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS7-63-13-6At SDAt OakJac
Wins: SD, Den; Losses: Cin, Den, Pit, Mia, Bal
DENVER BRONCOS7-63-37-4At ArzCinSF
Wins: KC, NE, Bal, Pit; Losses: Ind, SD (2), KC

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