Week 9: Contenders come into focus

Colts, Seahawks well-positioned for wild cards; running backs break out

Originally Published: November 4, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Week 9 turned into Separation Sunday.

In the AFC, the midseason playoff picture became clearer. The Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos might not have played great games, but they're established as the favorites to win their divisions. The idle New England Patriots were aided by a Miami Dolphins loss to the Indianapolis Colts that gave New England a one-game lead in the AFC East. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Giants and proved they are going to be a major factor ...

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