The Patriots and Cowboys were both in the Super Bowl last year and are both in prime position to make a run at a second consecutive title, according to a look at the history of the teams.
But the Patriots’ record and current status in the AFC East means they’re in the running for the AFC’s top seed in the postseason, while the Cowboys have a tough schedule in front of them and have the opportunity to clinch a top-two seed.
Here are the other teams that could be looking to grab the No. 2 seed in a division with a long and arduous history.
AFC South Division The Patriots are undefeated in their last nine games, winning the AFC South for the first time since 2006.
They were tied with the Browns for the second-longest winning streak in the league at six games.
New England has a chance to win the division outright, which would tie the team with the Patriots for the third-longstick in the division behind the Steelers and the Jets.
The Patriots have the NFL’s best record in the last 10 weeks at 6-1, while Dallas has the league’s worst record in that span.
AFC North Division The Cowboys are undefeated and have an 8-0 record in their past nine games.
The last time they were tied for first was in 2011, when they won the division.
Dallas has won six straight, including a win over the Patriots in the playoffs.
Dallas is also undefeated in the past four games.
Both teams have had their struggles at home this season, with the Cowboys scoring just 21 points in their two losses.
The Giants are 8-1 on the road, and the Ravens are 5-1.
AFC East Division The Steelers and Cowboys are in a dead heat in the East.
Pittsburgh leads the division at 11-1 with four games left.
The Steelers have won three of their past four, while Cowboys have lost three of the past three.
Pittsburgh is the No, 1 seed in each division, while both teams have four games remaining.
Both clubs have five games remaining to play, but the Steelers are favored in each game.
The Ravens, meanwhile, are 4-1 against the Giants, but have been a bit of a disappointment in their first three games, scoring just six points.
AFC West Division The Rams are undefeated, while Denver is tied for the NFC West lead at 8-2.
The Broncos, however, have a bye this week, and they’re expected to return home for their home game against the Seahawks on Sunday.
The Rams have been one of the best teams in the NFL all year, but their two defeats against the Titans and Raiders this season have left them in a lot of trouble in the NFC, where they’re 8-3 in the regular season and 6-3 since the start of the year.
Denver has won four straight and will be looking for their first win in San Diego since March 15.
AFC Pennsylvanian The Broncos have been an absolute mess, but are 4,000-point favorites against the Ravens, who are 8 and 5.5 points ahead of the Broncos.
The Titans are 8.5-point underdogs against the Colts, who have won two straight and are 10.5 behind the Broncos in the final playoff spot.
AFC Playoff The Colts and Titans have one game left in the season, and there are three teams that have a shot at making the playoffs, including the Patriots, who sit atop the AFC playoff picture at 7-1-1 and could win the AFC division for the sixth time in seven years.
Indianapolis is expected to be a game away from its first division title since 1997, and its AFC playoff hopes look slim, but it could be a team that could surprise a lot.
If it does, it will be the sixth playoff team to win at least one of its final four games and the first team to do so in back-to-back seasons since the Rams were the last team to go back-and-forth with the Titans.
The Falcons, meanwhile are a tough out with three games left in their season, including games against the Browns and Jaguars.
NFC South The Falcons have been struggling in Atlanta this season.
They’ve been 4-3 this year, including two losses to the Titans, and are currently 6-2 in their current season.
But they’ll play a rematch of their 2015 matchup with the Rams in Week 17, when the Rams won the NFC South.
Atlanta has won five straight games, but has lost five straight overall, including three in a row at home.
The Cardinals have won five in a season for the fourth straight season, but they’re currently 8-6 overall and 2-5 in the wild card standings.
NFC West The Seahawks have been the league leader in points scored in each of the last three weeks, while their schedule has been extremely favorable for them.
Seattle is 5-2 against the Cowboys and Cowboys have been 4 of the team’s last five.
The Cowboys have won the