This week's Monday edition of our NFL Google+ hangout -- "NFL Slam with Mark and Sam," starring Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer and Mark Thompson of "Mark and Brian" radio fame -- will start at 11:30 a.m. and cover a host of topics.
One could include the sharpening playoff picture, which is coming into focus. As Farmer wrote Sunday,
"Denver clinched the AFC West with its 31-23 victory over Tampa Bay, and Atlanta locked up the NFC South by virtue of the Buccaneers' losing.
"New England, which posted a 23-16 victory at Miami, won the AFC East for the 10th time in 12 seasons. Tom Brady became the first starting quarterback in league history to win 10 division titles.
"Houston, with its 24-10 win at Tennessee, secured at least a spot in the playoffs and picked up its franchise-record 11th win.