Of two Conferences and eight Divisions, the 2018 – 2019 NFL Championship competition is entering the final weeks of the regular season.
As is often the case at the division level, two teams top the standings and two teams are bottom dwellers.
At the Conference level, the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans are locked in a battle to see which will not only get a first-round playoff bye, but also which will have the home field advantage in the playoffs.
Both those clubs stumbled a bit down the run home, with inexplicable losses to lesser competition, but that seems to be a recurrent theme of the season.
There are two close Divisions, the AFC West and the AFC North.
In the West, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers have the best record in the Conference and they face the proposition of one of the two getting into the playoffs with better records than the teams that will probably win their Divisions, an upside down system if ever there was one.
The AFC North seems like a war of attrition, as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens are both no better than mediocre and the Division will likely be decided by which of the two teams can stagger across the line with the fewest mistakes.
There are no close division races in the National Conference.
The Dallas Cowboys would appear to have the NFC East title in hand, but with opponents such as the Eagles, Redskins and Giants, small wonder.
The Los Angeles Rams own the NFC West. The Chicago Bears have a more or less clear path in the NFC North and the New Orleans Saints have no true competition for the NFC South.
The playoffs loom and the 2018 – 2019 NFL Championship has seemingly followed form more closely than in other years.
Some of the Wild Card scenarios supply some interest, but it seems as though a regular seasons record of 10 wins and six losses might be needed for post season qualification, although there have been seasons past when 9 – 7 made it to playoffs.