The Daily Line
Believe it or not, there are 11 teams that have a possibility of finishing the regular season at 9-7. Actually, with Cleveland and Baltimore playing each other this weekend, only 10 could really finish in a tie.
If we were to go into the tie-breaking procedures, you would be reading this well into the weekend, but that is how close these teams are. And don't think the team with the greatest need will necessarily prevail. Need versus out-of-it went 4-4 last week.
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Hank Goldberg is an NFL reporter on a variety of ESPN programs. He first joined ESPN2 as football analyst on SportsNight when the new network launched Oct. 1, 1993. He has also been a frequent contributor on ESPN Radio since June 1992.