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I dont have insider anymore, and everthing on ESPN.com is now Insider material. The link to the article looks like this:

Jeremy Green takes a look at five teams (Jaguars, Chiefs, Chargers, Bills and Redskins) on the playoff bubble and what could burst their hopes. The Jaguars' playoff chances could come down to whether QB Byron Leftwich (pictured) can generate enough offense. Story

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The second half of the season is one of the most exciting times in the NFL. It is when we get out our schedules and look at the matchups in the weeks to come. We start trying to formulate what games our favorite teams will need to win and where they can afford to lose if they are still going to be playoff-bound come January.

It is also a time when we hear the words "contender" and "pretender" thrown out quite a bit. Through nine weeks, it is safe to say that there are five contenders. The Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC and the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers in the NFC.

Don't get me wrong, the above-mentioned teams do have holes, but they appear to be able to rise above them and get the job done on a pretty consistent basis. There are other teams, however, that would be considered more pretenders, or in this case, I will call them "bubble teams." They are good teams, but they have some issues that crop up on a consistent basis that prevent us from fully endorsing them as playoff ready.

Today I'm going to look at five teams that have issues they need to clean up if they want to be on the inside looking out when the playoffs begin in January.

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3): No 6-3 team gets less respect than the Jacksonville Jaguars. They are regularly given less respect than New England, San Diego and Kansas City, which are all 5-4 through the first 10 weeks.

When talking about Jacksonville's problems, the best place to start is with the offense. Prior to their 30-3 win over Baltimore last week, the Jaguars had gone nearly four years without topping the 30-point mark. That is one record you don't want attached to your offense in a league where teams regularly reach that mark.

Byron Leftwich

Quarterback

Jacksonville Jaguars

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS

Att Comp Yds TD Int Rat

262 151 1749 12 5 86.8

The Jaguars have a few issues on the offensive side of the ball. Let's start with the QB. By all accounts, Byron Leftwich has been a solid NFL starting QB. However, he has yet to reach the greatness many pegged him with. He manages the game well, but he is not a QB that is going to roll out many 300-yard passing days. A big part of Leftwich's problems can be traced back to the WR position. Jimmy Smith has started to show his age and 2004 first-round pick Reggie Williams has yet to develop. Jacksonville has no true No. 1 receiver. At times, it is Smith, and Ernest Wilford and rookie Matt Jones have stepped up in some games. But with no clear cut go-to guy, the Jaguars' passing offense tends to struggle.

Another issue that could hamper the Jaguars' offense down the stretch is injuries to Fred Taylor. Taylor has been hampered by a lingering right ankle sprain. Greg Jones has been good in his place, but you need your best players on the field to win down the stretch, and that means Jacksonville needs Taylor back as soon as possible.

San Diego Chargers (5-4): I hear myself saying it every week after the Chargers win or lose another game: "The Chargers are the best [insert this week's record here] team in football." Well, nobody is going to care how good you are or should have been if you aren't playing in the postseason.

The well-traveled Chargers have been flying all over the United States. In the first half of the season they have been to New England, Philadelphia and New York. In the second half of the season they still have trips to Washington, Indianapolis and Kansas City. At some point you have to wonder if this team is going to run out of gas. The second-half schedule is not easy either -- the combined record of San Diego's remaining opponents is 36-27.

Regardless of who or where the Chargers play, the one thing they need to get figured out is how to finish games. The reason the Chargers get labeled as the best 5-4 team in football is because this team could easily be 9-0. Their four losses are by a combined 12 points.

This team flat-out doesn't know how to go for the jugular and knock teams out. They get a lead and then they go to a conservative style. It is something that cost them the Philadelphia and Dallas games and almost cost them games vs. Kansas City and the New York Jets.

Yes, the Chargers are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, but they must learn to finish games if they are going to be strapping it up come January.

J.P. Losman

Quarterback

Buffalo Bills

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS

Att Comp Yds TD Int Rat

110 54 477 3 2 66.1

Buffalo Bills (4-5): At 4-5 you would think they might have already played their way out of a playoff spot. Not so in the AFC East. They are currently one game behind the defending champion New England Patriots. Buffalo is 2-1 in the division, 4-2 in the conference, and has a home date left with New England Dec. 11.

However, Buffalo has issues on both sides of the ball. Lets start with the quarterback position. First it was J.P. Losman, then it was Kelly Holcomb and then last week it was back to Losman after Holcomb suffered a concussion. I wouldn't want to be head coach Mike Mularkey this week, because he has an extremely tough decision to make that will have a direct result on how the rest of the season plays out. Losman played well in relief last week, but he struggled as the starter early in the season and you wonder if things would be much different this time around. With a tough road test coming up in San Diego, the Bills have no wiggle room. The QB play is going to be a deciding factor in almost any game they play from here on out.

The Bills are also having problems on the defensive side of the ball. This was supposed to be the strength of their team, but they currently rank 31st in the NFL vs. the run. Losing defensive tackle Pat Williams to free agency and star linebacker Takeo Spikes and defensive tackle Ron Edwards to injury has really decimated a once-promising front seven. Defensive ends Aaron Schobel and Chris Kelsay are high-motor pass-rushers, but weigh in the 260- to 270-pound range, and are susceptible against the run at the point of attack.

The Bills are very close to being a good football team, but as has been said numerous times over the past few years, maybe they are still a year away.

Kansas City Chiefs (5-4): If you were to look up inconsistent in the dictionary, there would be a picture of the Kansas City Chiefs' logo in the description. This is a win-two-lose-two type of team. That usually gets you to 8-8 or maybe even 9-7, which isn't good enough. The Chiefs will need to develop a winning streak here at some point if they are going to advance to the second season.

It's another year with new faces on the Chiefs' defense, but some things don't change. When you talk about the No. 1 reason the Chiefs may miss the playoffs, it always gets back to their inability to consistently stop people. They have tried it all. They have tried blitzing more, blitzing less, playing more man than zone coverage, but at the end of the day the results have been similar.

Offensively there are issues too. Running back Priest Holmes (neck) is done for the season. Larry Johnson has picked up the slack, but they may miss that two-headed RB monster down the stretch.

Injuries to the offensive line, left tackle Willie Roaf in particular, have forced Tony Gonzalez to be more of a blocker than pass catcher. With Gonzalez blocking, this team lacks a No. 1 receiving threat for quarterback Trent Green.

They have a great offensive staff and enough weapons to score points. At the end of the day the Chiefs' playoff hopes will rest with their defense.

Washington Redskins (5-4): Anytime you are the third-best team in your own division, it is going to be tough to make the playoffs. This is the scenario where the Redskins currently find themselves.

The biggest issue the Redskins face down the stretch may be more psychological than physical. They can't seem to win games on the road. Through 10 weeks they are 1-4 on the road. Their one road win came when Dallas completely self-destructed back in September, else or they would be staring at an 0-5 mark. After two upcoming home games, the Redskins will play three of their last five games on the road. Those games are sandwiched around two home games vs. division rivals Dallas and the New York Giants. Even if the Skins can split the home games, they will probably need to get a sweep on the road at St. Louis, Arizona and Philadelphia to assure themselves a spot in this year's playoffs.

These aren't the only bubble teams out there, believe me there are more. But these five have a lot of talent and good coaching staffs. However, they will all need to get on the same page if they plan on punching their tickets to the postseason.

Jeremy Green has been an NFL scout for 10 years. Most recently, he was director of pro personnel for the Cleveland Browns.

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The second half of the season is one of the most exciting times in the NFL. It is when we get out our schedules and look at the matchups in the weeks to come. We start trying to formulate what games our favorite teams will need to win and where they can afford to lose if they are still going to be playoff-bound come January.

It is also a time when we hear the words "contender" and "pretender" thrown out quite a bit. Through nine weeks, it is safe to say that there are five contenders. The Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC and the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers in the NFC.

Don't get me wrong, the above-mentioned teams do have holes, but they appear to be able to rise above them and get the job done on a pretty consistent basis. There are other teams, however, that would be considered more pretenders, or in this case, I will call them "bubble teams." They are good teams, but they have some issues that crop up on a consistent basis that prevent us from fully endorsing them as playoff ready.

Today I'm going to look at five teams that have issues they need to clean up if they want to be on the inside looking out when the playoffs begin in January.

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3): No 6-3 team gets less respect than the Jacksonville Jaguars. They are regularly given less respect than New England, San Diego and Kansas City, which are all 5-4 through the first 10 weeks.

When talking about Jacksonville's problems, the best place to start is with the offense. Prior to their 30-3 win over Baltimore last week, the Jaguars had gone nearly four years without topping the 30-point mark. That is one record you don't want attached to your offense in a league where teams regularly reach that mark.

The Jaguars have a few issues on the offensive side of the ball. Let's start with the QB. By all accounts, Byron Leftwich has been a solid NFL starting QB. However, he has yet to reach the greatness many pegged him with. He manages the game well, but he is not a QB that is going to roll out many 300-yard passing days. A big part of Leftwich's problems can be traced back to the WR position. Jimmy Smith has started to show his age and 2004 first-round pick Reggie Williams has yet to develop. Jacksonville has no true No. 1 receiver. At times, it is Smith, and Ernest Wilford and rookie Matt Jones have stepped up in some games. But with no clear cut go-to guy, the Jaguars' passing offense tends to struggle.

Another issue that could hamper the Jaguars' offense down the stretch is injuries to Fred Taylor. Taylor has been hampered by a lingering right ankle sprain. Greg Jones has been good in his place, but you need your best players on the field to win down the stretch, and that means Jacksonville needs Taylor back as soon as possible.

San Diego Chargers (5-4): I hear myself saying it every week after the Chargers win or lose another game: "The Chargers are the best [insert this week's record here] team in football." Well, nobody is going to care how good you are or should have been if you aren't playing in the postseason.

The well-traveled Chargers have been flying all over the United States. In the first half of the season they have been to New England, Philadelphia and New York. In the second half of the season they still have trips to Washington, Indianapolis and Kansas City. At some point you have to wonder if this team is going to run out of gas. The second-half schedule is not easy either -- the combined record of San Diego's remaining opponents is 36-27.

Regardless of who or where the Chargers play, the one thing they need to get figured out is how to finish games. The reason the Chargers get labeled as the best 5-4 team in football is because this team could easily be 9-0. Their four losses are by a combined 12 points.

This team flat-out doesn't know how to go for the jugular and knock teams out. They get a lead and then they go to a conservative style. It is something that cost them the Philadelphia and Dallas games and almost cost them games vs. Kansas City and the New York Jets.

Yes, the Chargers are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, but they must learn to finish games if they are going to be strapping it up come January.

Buffalo Bills (4-5): At 4-5 you would think they might have already played their way out of a playoff spot. Not so in the AFC East. They are currently one game behind the defending champion New England Patriots. Buffalo is 2-1 in the division, 4-2 in the conference, and has a home date left with New England Dec. 11.

However, Buffalo has issues on both sides of the ball. Lets start with the quarterback position. First it was J.P. Losman, then it was Kelly Holcomb and then last week it was back to Losman after Holcomb suffered a concussion. I wouldn't want to be head coach Mike Mularkey this week, because he has an extremely tough decision to make that will have a direct result on how the rest of the season plays out. Losman played well in relief last week, but he struggled as the starter early in the season and you wonder if things would be much different this time around. With a tough road test coming up in San Diego, the Bills have no wiggle room. The QB play is going to be a deciding factor in almost any game they play from here on out.

The Bills are also having problems on the defensive side of the ball. This was supposed to be the strength of their team, but they currently rank 31st in the NFL vs. the run. Losing defensive tackle Pat Williams to free agency and star linebacker Takeo Spikes and defensive tackle Ron Edwards to injury has really decimated a once-promising front seven. Defensive ends Aaron Schobel and Chris Kelsay are high-motor pass-rushers, but weigh in the 260- to 270-pound range, and are susceptible against the run at the point of attack.

The Bills are very close to being a good football team, but as has been said numerous times over the past few years, maybe they are still a year away.

Kansas City Chiefs (5-4): If you were to look up inconsistent in the dictionary, there would be a picture of the Kansas City Chiefs' logo in the description. This is a win-two-lose-two type of team. That usually gets you to 8-8 or maybe even 9-7, which isn't good enough. The Chiefs will need to develop a winning streak here at some point if they are going to advance to the second season.

It's another year with new faces on the Chiefs' defense, but some things don't change. When you talk about the No. 1 reason the Chiefs may miss the playoffs, it always gets back to their inability to consistently stop people. They have tried it all. They have tried blitzing more, blitzing less, playing more man than zone coverage, but at the end of the day the results have been similar.

Offensively there are issues too. Running back Priest Holmes (neck) is done for the season. Larry Johnson has picked up the slack, but they may miss that two-headed RB monster down the stretch.

Injuries to the offensive line, left tackle Willie Roaf in particular, have forced Tony Gonzalez to be more of a blocker than pass catcher. With Gonzalez blocking, this team lacks a No. 1 receiving threat for quarterback Trent Green.

They have a great offensive staff and enough weapons to score points. At the end of the day the Chiefs' playoff hopes will rest with their defense.

Washington Redskins (5-4): Anytime you are the third-best team in your own division, it is going to be tough to make the playoffs. This is the scenario where the Redskins currently find themselves.

The biggest issue the Redskins face down the stretch may be more psychological than physical. They can't seem to win games on the road. Through 10 weeks they are 1-4 on the road. Their one road win came when Dallas completely self-destructed back in September, else or they would be staring at an 0-5 mark. After two upcoming home games, the Redskins will play three of their last five games on the road. Those games are sandwiched around two home games vs. division rivals Dallas and the New York Giants. Even if the Skins can split the home games, they will probably need to get a sweep on the road at St. Louis, Arizona and Philadelphia to assure themselves a spot in this year's playoffs.

These aren't the only bubble teams out there, believe me there are more. But these five have a lot of talent and good coaching staffs. However, they will all need to get on the same page if they plan on punching their tickets to the postseason.

Jeremy Green has been an NFL scout for 10 years. Most recently, he was director of pro personnel for the Cleveland Browns.

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