Most NFL coaches will tell you that the two most important things in the regular season are to clinch a playoff spot and to play well heading into the postseason. And no two teams are playing better than the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.
Since the mid-way point of the season, the Seahawks are 6-1 and have outscored their opponents by a whopping 154 points (22.0 points per game). The Patriots are tops in the AFC, with a point differential of +106 (15.1 pts/gm).
Here’s a look at the point differentials in the second half of the season for all teams that have clinched a playoff spot or are still alive for one of the final two spots in the NFC (team record in last 7 games in parentheses)…
Data via Pro-Football-Reference.com