- Pittsburgh, not Baltimore, would travel to New England.
- The Cowboys and Eagles would still meet, but in Philadelphia instead of Dallas.
Indianapolis (Strength 56, 14-2), AFC South championOther division champions
New Orleans (52, 13-3), NFC South champion
San Diego (52, 13-3), AFC West champion
Minnesota (49, 12-4), NFC North champion
Philadelphia (44, 11-5), NFC East championWild cards
New England (41, 10-6), AFC East champion
Arizona (40, 10-6), NFC West champion
Cincinnati (Strength 39, 10-6), AFC North champion
Green Bay (Strength 44, 11-5): opens at ArizonaOne interesting thing Victory Weighting would have done is to resolve that tangled AFC wild card picture much more quickly. When the Houston Texans defeated New England, they locked Baltimore, Denver and Miami out of the playoffs. None of those three teams had completed play, but once the Texans won in regulation, none could hope to match Houston's 36 Strength, either. The Steelers' regulation win a few minutes later would then leave Houston and the Jets to contend for the last AFC playoff spot.
Dallas (43, 11-5): opens at Philadelphia
New York Jets (37, 9-7): open at Cincinnati
Pittsburgh (37, 9-7): opens at New England