NFL Playoff Picture Week 13: Final AFC, NFC Rankings and Group Scenarios
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If there’s a measuring stick for how a team in the National Football League has performed throughout the season, it’s Week 13.
Heading into the action this week, the top teams in the NFL AFC and NFC are the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, respectively.
No one has officially secured a spot in the playoffs, but these teams are close, especially Philadelphia.
If the Eagles beat the Tennessee Titans this weekend and the Washington Commanders lose and the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks lose or draw, they’ll officially rivet a berth.
It could also be riveted if Philly wins and Washington draws and San Francisco and Seattle lose.
Additionally, the NFC North division could clinch the title if the Minnesota Vikings beat the New York Jets on Sunday and the Detroit Lions lose or draw. If the Vikings also draw and the Lions lose, they can go there.
Perhaps the most surprising team in the league was the Miami Dolphins. Best seed in AFC East right now.
But as remarkable as the best teams are at this point in the year, the bad teams have an equally damning spotlight.
Case study: Los Angeles Rams.
The defending Super Bowl champions are last in NFC West, and their repeat goals aren’t looking good.
The last 12 weeks have been an exhilarating journey for football fans, here’s a quick look at the standings and playoff picture for the AFC and NFC.
Current NFL Standings
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Miami Dolphins (8-3)
Buffalo Bills (8-3)
New York Jets (7-4)
New England Patriots (6-5)
Baltimore Ravens (7-4)
Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
Cleveland Browns (4-7)
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-7)
Tennessee Titans (7-4)
Indianapolis Colts (4-7)
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7)
Houston Texans (1-9)
Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)
Los Angeles Chargers (6-5)
Las Vegas Raiders (4-7)
Denver Broncos (3-8)
Philadelphia Eagles (10-1)
Dallas Cowboys (8-3)
New York Giants (7-4)
Washington Commanders (7-5)
Minnesota Vikings (9-2)
Detroit Lions (4-7)
Green Bay Packers (4-8)
Chicago Bears (3-9)
Tampa Bay Pirates (5-6)
Atlanta Falcons (5-7)
Carolina Panthers (4-8)
New Orleans Saints (4-8)
San Francisco 49ers (7-4)
Seattle Seahawks (6-5)
Arizona Cardinals (4-8)
Los Angeles Coaches (3-8)
AFC Playoff Official
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#3 Buffalo Bills (8-3) and #8 New England Patriots (6-5)
#2 Miami Dolphins (8-3) and #4 San Francisco 49ers (7-4)
#1 Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) and #6 Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
The Chiefs have a five-game winning streak and a good domination of the top spots in the AFC.
But right behind them are the Dolphins, who have won five in a row.
Both Kansas City and Miami will have tough rivals this week in Cincinnati and San Francisco respectively.
According to bookies, the Chiefs have an advantage over the Bengals, but it’s the 49ers who will prevail over the Dolphins.
The games are really meant to be played, so it will be interesting to see how these matchups play out.
Because if Kansas City lose and Miami win, they will have the same record and the latter could threaten the #1 spot.
This would be a pretty big comeback for the Dolphins compared to last season.
Buffalo finds itself in the same position as Miami. They also have an 8-3 record and could go as high as 9-3 if they beat New England.
The Patriots are weak in this situation and the Bills are playing well and have two wins in a row while their rivals lost to the Vikings last week.
This is also an important week for Tennessee, Baltimore and New York, both sitting at 7-4 and with a win they will be able to move up their standings.
NFC Playoff Official
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#1 Philadelphia Eagles (10-1) and #4 Tennessee Titans (7-4)
#1 Dallas Cowboys (8-3) and #10 Indianapolis Colts (4-7-1)
Minnesota Vikings #2 (9-2) and #7 New York Jets (7-4)
This could be Philadelphia’s year.
They have the best record in the NFL and are favorites against Tennessee this weekend.
If they win, it will put them in prime position to clinch an early playoff berth and stay #1 in their conference and league.
But if they lose, they could leave the door open for Minnesota to catch them and tie them to #1 on NFC.
Dallas is also not far behind, having a quiet two-win streak and looking to build on that momentum against Indianapolis.
The Colts are near the bottom of the NFL rankings, so the Cowboys are unlikely to lose this Sunday, which should give them a season 9-3 record and a great playoff appearance.
San Francisco will be tackling Miami this weekend, so there may be some contention for the position between Giants and Commanders once Week 13 is complete.
Either way, it’s a crucial football week for the NFC and could have serious post-season consequences.