Early look at who's in, who's out of the playoffs

It's never too early to look ahead and say who's in the playoffs and how they'll play out, writes Gary Horton.

Updated: November 7, 2007, 3:55 PM ET
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
It's the midpoint of the season and everyone is starting to look ahead to the playoffs. A lot can change between now and the end of the regular season, but here is a look at who will be in and who will be out and what the playoff picture might look like in January.

AFC Playoff Picture

New England Patriots

Current Record: 9-0
Projected record: 16-0
Result: AFC East champion
Seed: No. 1
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.