If the season ended today, the Baltimore Ravens would receive the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The only other time the Ravens have earned a first-round bye in their brief existence was in 2006.
The New England Patriots would earn the No. 1 seed because they have a better conference record than the Ravens and a better strength of victory than the Houston Texans, who are also 9-3.
In week five, the Ravens defeated Houston 29-14, which gives them the tiebreaker over the Texans if the two teams were to finish with the same record at the end of the season.
Subsequently, the Texans would be the No. 3 seed, followed by the Denver Broncos (7-5) as the No. 4 seed.
As far as the wild card is concerned, writes Jamison Hensley of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) would have the No. 5 seed and the Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) would be the No. 6 seed because they have a better conference record than three other 7-5 AFC teams: the Tennessee Titans, the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets.