NFL playoff image: Titans slip in AFC; Vikings bury Packers | NFL


The three Week 12 video games performed on Thanksgiving had a big effect on the NFL playoff image earlier than Sunday’s video games arrived. And because the week continued Sunday, much more adjustments had been made to the postseason outlook. In fact, at this level within the season, virtually all sport outcomes have playoff implications.

Going into Week 13, under is the present NFL playoff image.

MORE: NFL standings | Week 12 scoreboard

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Who could be in:

1. Chiefs (9-2), first in AFC West

As a result of they misplaced to the Patriots and since the Texans are scorching, the Chiefs cannot relaxation simple within the quest for home-field benefit. Luckily they’ve a comparatively manageable remaining schedule, with the Week 15 showdown towards the Chargers looming because the hardest sport left. What’s left: at OAK, vs. BAL, vs. LAC, at SEA, vs. OAK

2. Patriots (8-3), first in AFC East

Sunday’s win over the Jets was an enormous step for the Patriots when it comes to the division standings, however the Steelers’ loss to the Broncos was even larger for New England’s total AFC outlook. Subsequent week’s sport towards the Vikings — and the Steelers sport, after all — will play an enormous issue within the playoff seeding. New England will probably be sitting fairly if it may well beat Minnesota. What’s left: vs. MIN, at MIA, at PIT, vs. BUF, vs. NYJ

3. Texans (8-3), first in AFC South

The Texans, who additionally gained a spot within the standings with the Steelers’ loss, nonetheless have a snug lead of their division with 5 video games left to play, however the Colts are beginning to put some strain on the South leaders. Using an eight-game successful streak, Houston can set its objectives greater for one of many high two seeds. Sadly, one in every of its early losses was to New England. What’s left: vs. CLE, vs. IND, at NYJ, at PHI, vs. JAX

4. Steelers (7-3-1), first in AFC North

Pittsburgh wanted a win in Denver to maintain the No. 2 seed forward of a troublesome stretch that features video games towards the Chargers, Patriots and Saints. The Steelers did not get it. That aforementioned New England sport may decide whether or not the Steelers may have a first-round bye. What’s left: vs. LAC, at OAK, vs. NE, at NO, CIN

5. Chargers (8-3), wild card

With their win over the Cardinals on Sunday, the Chargers padded their cushion over an enormous pack for one of many AFC wild playing cards. In addition they saved alive and properly their probabilities of catching the first-place Chiefs with that Week 15 sport looming. Philip Rivers is scorching. Joey Bosa is again. LA is in good condition forward of an enormous sport in Pittsburgh. The one downer is Melvin Gordon’s newest knee harm. What’s left: at PIT, vs. CIN, at KC, vs. BAL, at DEN

6. Ravens (6-5), wild card

The Ravens have no respiratory room with this spot, so that they desperately wanted to tug away from the Raiders within the second half Sunday. The Steelers’ loss additionally pulled the Ravens a sport nearer within the division standings. The query transferring ahead will probably be what to do at quarterback when Joe Flacco is wholesome sufficient to play, particularly with two robust AFC video games (Chiefs and Chargers) left on the schedule. What’s left: at ATL, at KC, vs. TB, at LAC, vs. CLE.

Who’s knocking on the door:
7. Colts (6-5)
8. Dolphins (5-6)
9. Bengals (5-6)
10. Broncos (5-6)
11. Titans (5-6)

The Colts’ last-second win over the Dolphins was big for each groups; Miami’s loss dropped it a number of spots within the playoff image. The Titans suffered a troublesome loss to the Texans on Monday night time. The Bengals are near being nearly out, particularly with Andy Dalton positioned on injured reserve.

Who’s nearly out:
12. Browns (4-6-1)
13. Payments (4-7)
14. Jaguars (3-8)
15. Jets (3-8)
16. Raiders (2-9)

Buffalo buried Jacksonville with a win over the Jags on Sunday because the Jets and Raiders additional buried themselves. Not less than the Browns have some promise for the long run with Baker Mayfield.

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Who could be in:

1. Saints (10-1), first in NFC South

Even with robust video games remaining towards the Cowboys, Panthers (twice) and Steelers, the Saints are in nice form due to their win over the Rams a couple of weeks in the past. The remainder of the NFC must hope any individual can play spoiler over the subsequent 5 weeks, as a result of no workforce desires to go to New Orleans for a playoff sport. What’s left: at DAL, at TB, at CAR, vs. PIT, vs. CAR

2. Rams (10-1), first in NFC West

Seattle beat Carolina on Sunday, which means LA wants to attend a minimum of yet another week to win the NFC West. Regardless, the Rams are sitting fairly with a manageable schedule remaining, together with two freebies within the division. What’s left: at DET, at CHI, vs. PHI, at ARI, vs. SF

3. Bears (8-3), first in NFC North

The Bears received the large, Mitchell Trubisky-less win over the Lions they wanted Thursday to maintain their snug lead within the division. Now, assuming they will maintain enterprise towards the Giants, the Bears can purpose for the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye once they play the Rams in a pair weeks. What’s left: at NYG, vs. LAR, vs. GB, at SF, at MIN

4. Cowboys (6-5), first in NFC East

Dallas took the lead within the division when it beat Washington on Thursday, and the Cowboys instantly appear to be essentially the most full workforce within the East. Their protection will get its hardest take a look at but subsequent week once they host the Saints, simply their hardest sport remaining. Regardless, Dallas must maintain its enterprise within the last 4 video games to make the playoffs. What’s left: vs. NO, vs. PHI, at IND, vs. TB, at NYG

5. Vikings (6-4-1), wild card

With so many groups preventing for the 2 NFC wild-card spots, the Vikings wanted to bury the Packers on Sunday night time. The excellent news is that they did it; the dangerous information is they could have misplaced Xavier Rhodes to a hamstring harm forward of their sport towards the Patriots. And after that sport comes an important matchup towards the Seahawks. What’s left: at NE, at SEA, vs. MIA, at DET, vs. CHI

6. Redskins (6-5), wild card

Washington is in for now due to Seattle’s win in Carolina, because the Redskins have the tiebreaker over the Seahawks through convention report. The dangerous information for Washington is the truth that it has a lot competitors for a wild-card spot and is coping with accidents. The excellent news is the schedule is manageable. What’s left: at PHI, vs. NYG, at JAX, at TEN, vs. PHI

Who’s knocking on the door:
7. Seahawks (6-5)
8. Panthers (6-5)
9. Eagles (5-6)

The Panthers suffered a crushing loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Not solely did they drop out of the No. 5 seed and fall behind Seattle, however they fell behind Washington the playoff image, too. (Washington beat Carolina earlier this season.) The Eagles, however, primarily saved their season with a last-minute win over the Giants.

Who’s nearly out:
10. Packers (4-6-1)
11. Falcons (4-7)
12. Buccaneers (4-7)
13. Lions (4-7)
14. Giants (3-8)
15. Cardinals (2-9)
16. 49ers (2-9)

Inexperienced Bay’s playoff hopes all however ended with its loss in Minnesota on Sunday night time; it now loses tiebreakers to the Vikings, Seahawks and Redskins. Atlanta, Detroit, New York, San Francisco and Arizona sunk additional down after dropping this week. Tampa Bay received a win with Jameis Winston, for no matter that is value when choice time on his future with the franchise arrives.

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