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There have been fairly just a few surprises throughout the AFC and NFC in Week 10 that shook up the NFL playoff image forward of Week 11. There was sufficient to make issues much more fascinating for the ultimate seven weeks of the 2018 NFL common season.

Right here is what the seeding would appear like if the playoffs began as we speak, together with evaluation of the place each crew stands within the race for the eight division titles and 4 wild-card berths.

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AFC

Who could be in:

1. Chiefs (9-1), first in AFC West

They need not fear about that Patriots loss as a lot anymore with a cushty, two-game lead for the highest seed and home-field benefit within the AFC playoffs. Now the larger concern appears to be holding off the surging Chargers to win the division. The eventual greatest crew within the West would be the convention championship favourite, and Kansas Metropolis nonetheless is nicely positioned to keep up the established order.

2. Steelers (6-2-1), first in AFC North

Their thrashing of the Panthers to kick off Week 10 was rewarded, because the Patriots’ stumble towards the Titans gave the Steelers complete management of the second bye place for the AFC playoffs. The Steelers are certain to remain sizzling in November with the Jaguars and Broncos left, however December will determine every little thing with the Chargers, Patriots and Saints on deck.

3. Patriots (7-3), first in AFC East

They will not be panicking regardless of the debacle towards the Titans, as a result of they’re going to use the Week 11 bye to resettle themselves and get more healthy, main with Rob Gronkowski. Nevertheless it needs to be mildly regarding that Tom Brady hasn’t been at his GOATest for just a few video games. The excellent news is they’ve 4 straightforward division video games left, get the Vikings at dwelling and get their direct shot on the Steelers on the highway.

4. Texans (6-3), first in AFC South

They did not get to benefit from the bye as a lot with the Titans, who beat them earlier, transferring to inside one sport and the Colts leaping the Jaguars to be an element within the division, too. Past rematches with Tennessee and Indianapolis, Houston has two NFC highway toughies towards Washington and Philadelphia. Staying in first place and retaining this seed will not be straightforward, however it’s wanting like there shall be room for 2 South groups within the playoffs.

5. Chargers (7-2), wild card

After dropping at dwelling to the Chiefs in Week 1 and on the “highway” to the Rams in Week 3, they’ve had just a few slim escapes with the resume on reflection beginning to look higher as they proceed to get higher general. The Chargers would love assist from the Rams towards the Chiefs in Week 11 to assist arrange a de facto division title sport in Week 15 at Kansas Metropolis.

6. Bengals (5-4), wild card

They acquired routed at dwelling by the Saints to make this place much more precarious, with the one optimistic being it was an NFC crew, so that they nonetheless maintain a gentle conference-record tiebreaker. They’ve highway rematches with the Ravens and Steelers sandwiching a good schedule general, however they appear like a limp contender in the mean time.

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Who’s knocking on the door:
7. Titans (5-4)

Mike Vrabel retains placing his hat again within the coach of the 12 months ring with how his crew, as soon as inept on offense, has come out like gangbusters with Marcus Mariota after the bye to harmonize with their underrated protection. The Titans look decided for a playoff return, however the division nonetheless is the trail of least resistance given they misplaced to the Dolphins and Ravens, the 2 groups behind them for the wild card.

Who’s hanging round:
8. Dolphins (5-5)
9. Ravens (4-5)
10. Colts (4-5)

Talking of Miami and Baltimore, it is exhausting to belief both crew as a result of there’s no constant identification, marked by irritating quarterback play and training. It isn’t any totally different from the 2 groups’ muddled rivalry from current years. That makes Indianapolis a greater wager to steal the second wild card.

Who’s nearly out:
11. Browns (3-6-1)
12. Jaguars (3-6)
13. Broncos (3-6)
14. Payments (3-7)
15. Jets (3-7)
16. Raiders (1-8)

The Browns have had an enormous season simply to get out of the underside 4 within the AFC. The Jaguars’ disappointing season within the face of excessive expectations will doubtless value Doug Marrone his job. The truth that the Jets have fallen behind the Payments after being destroyed by them at house is a troubling growth for Todd Bowles. The Raiders, in relation, stay essentially the most embarrassing.

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NFC

Who could be in:

1. Rams (9-1), first in NFC West

The Rams’ protection held on for an enormous rebound win to comb the Seahawks and put the division out of attain for a second consecutive season. Now it is a matter of making an attempt to complete a full sport forward of the Saints since New Orleans has the head-to-head tiebreaker, so having an additional, pre-bye win helps. The house crowd is beginning to assist LA extra, however the high seed is extra important simply to remove one other crew’s benefit.

2. Saints (8-1), first in NFC South

The Saints put up a 50 burger in Cincinnati whereas the Panthers gave up one in Pittsburgh. New Orleans would love to increase that two-game division result in three earlier than the primary of two video games towards Carolina in Week 15. Talking of the Steelers, they’re immediately the one different above-.500 opponent the Saints have left on the schedule, in Week 16.

3. Bears (6-3), first in NFC North

The Bears ripped one other unhealthy crew, the Lions, at dwelling, and nonetheless get the Lions once more and each the Giants and 49ers exterior of the division. These are all on the highway, and the Bears will get to see how they stack up towards the Rams in Week 14. Profitable the division would require at the very least splitting with Minnesota, which makes the groups’ Week 11 Sunday evening matchup in Chicago monumental.

4. Redskins (6-3), first in NFC East

Washington would not get any type factors for the way it received in Tampa Bay, however it was nonetheless an efficient victory as a result of it reaffirmed the crew’s shock grip on the division, which is now as much as two video games after Dallas dragged down Philadelphia. The Redskins have the Eagles twice, the Cowboys as soon as extra on the highway and the Giants once more at dwelling to attempt to dominate the weak East. Week 16 at Tennessee is Washington’s hardest sport left now.

5. Panthers (6-3), wild card

Carolina will get a mini-bye to select up the items after the loss in Pittsburgh. The subsequent month additionally seems good for the Panthers to get nicely earlier than going through the Saints, because the Lions, Buccaneers and Browns current extra winnable highway video games than that midweek journey to Heinz Discipline. Additionally in that stretch, they get the Seahawks at dwelling. With the Falcons, Seahawks and Eagles all dropping, it might take an enormous collapse for the Panthers to not safe at the very least the No. 6 seed.

6. Vikings (5-3-1), wild card

Minnesota stayed right here throughout its bye and noticed Chicago pad the division lead and Inexperienced Bay creep up behind. The Vikings might want to play nicely instantly after the bye to both repeat within the North or at the very least keep right here. Week 11 on the Bears is just one of three powerful highway video games over the subsequent month; additionally they have to go to New England in Week 13 after internet hosting the Packers in Week 12.

Who’s knocking on the door:
7. Packers (4-4-1)
8. Falcons (4-5)
9. Seahawks (4-5)
10. Cowboys (4-5)
11. Eagles (4-5)

There’s a variety of marquee playoff recency on this disappointing group, is not there? The Eagles are final on this pecking order with a surprising 2-Four convention file, whereas the Falcons, whom they beat in Week 1, are nonetheless 4-2 to steer the group as a result of they fell to an AFC opponent. Inexperienced Bay and Atlanta have to focus extra on the wild card with two robust groups forward of them of their divisons. Dallas and Philadelphia have to deal with making up two video games on Washington to sneak away with the East.

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Who’s nearly out:
12. Buccaneers (3-6)
13. Lions (3-6)
14. Cardinals (2-7)
15. Giants (2-7)
16. 49ers (2-8)

The Bucs have joined this group within the tough, (doubtless) last 12 months of Dirk Koetter, whereas the Lions have punched their near-elimination ticket within the first 12 months of Matt Patricia. Three of the Cardinals and Giants’ mixed 4 wins are towards the 49ers, the simple motive San Francisco is the brand new cellar dweller after thei last sport of Week 10.



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