With only four weeks left in the NFL regular season, the playoff picture - who gets in, who's left out; homefield advantage; the impact of injuries - is starting to shape up. With that said, lets see how some former ACC stars are influencing the league's most-recent developments.
The Indianapolis Colts offensive line, which is bookended by tackles Anthony Castonzo (Boston College) and Gosder Cherilus (Boston College), has struggled. If the Colts are going to make a playoff run - and keep Andrew Luck upright - they'll need to get stronger play from this unit.
Russell Wilson (N.C. State) and the Seattle Seahawks threw down the gauntlet against the New Orleans Saints Monday night; the Wolfbadger, by the way, was dynamic: 310 passing yards, three TDs.
The Philadelphia Eagles are preparing themselves for this weekend's showdown with Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) and the Detroit Lions. My thoughts: good luck, you guys.
The league's second leading rusher - LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh) with 1,088 yards - continued his monster season with over 100 total yards in the Eagles' win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
On Thanksgiving night (I hope you're still currently enjoying some leftovers, too), Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco hooked up with his No. 1 receiver, Torrey Smith (Maryland), for a 54-yard bomb, which resulted in a touchdown - Smith's fourth of the season.
The ACC's (unofficial) team - the Buffalo Bills - lost a close one in overtime to Matt Ryan (Boston College) and the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but despite the loss, running back C.J. Spiller (Clemson) had a big day - 15 carriers, 149 yards and a touchdown.
As a rookie last season, Chris Givens (Wake Forest) led the St. Louis Rams in receiving with 42 receptions, 698 yards. However, his sophomore campaign has seen him regress. So, what gives?
In the absence of Michael Crabtree, veteran wideout Anquan Boldin (Florida State) has become QB Colin Kaepernick's favorite passing target. During last week's win over the Rams, Boldin had another potent performance, including nine receptions - which gives him 61 on the season.
Ed Reed (Miami) is one of the best safeties in the history of football, but not even this veteran could help turn around the New York Jets disappointing pass defense.
Early in the season, it looked as though Julius Peppers' (North Carolina) decade-long reign of terrorizing left tackles and quarterbacks was coming to an end. That, well, just isn't the case.
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (Notre Dame) owned real estate - or something - in Washington's backfield, because on Sunday night, he sacked Robert Griffin III four times, which was just the latest chapter in what's become a longgggg season for RGIII.
Jameel McClain (Syracuse) of the Baltimore Ravens has returned this season from a spinal cord contusion; his efforts have earned him the Ed Block Courage Award.
Last season, the NFL expanded to having 14 Thursday game on the NFL Network, which may be good for fans, but players, like the Houston Texans OT Duane Brown (Virginia Tech), aren't proponents of the move.
It's been a rough season up in Pittsburgh for the Steelers, but tight end Heath Miller (Virginia) hasn't let that negatively impact his plays - he's been as reliable as ever.