The 2022 NFL season is down to the final two months. Although the playoff picture for the AFC and NFC won’t be finalized until Week 18, it’s time to keep looking at the updated standings and what teams would be in the playoffs if the season ended after Week 11.
Here’s a breakdown of the NFL’s latest playoff field and seedings, also looking at the contenders on the brink of joining the potential postseason party:
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NFL standings after Week 11
AFC playoff picture
1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-2), first place, AFC West. The Chiefs are looking good again for the top seed, which includes the lone bye and home-field advantage for the AFC playoffs. In terms of potential future tiebreakers, Kansas City did lose to Buffalo at home but beat Tennessee there. The Chiefs got closer to another division title by coming back to sweep the Chargers in Week 11.
2. Miami Dolphins (7-3), first place, AFC East. The Dolphins lead the division by a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bills as they enjoy a Week 11 bye. They beat the third-place Bills at home but lost to the second-place Jets on the road.
3. Tennessee Titans (7-3), first place, AFC South. The Titans opened Week 11 with a mild upset road win over the Packers on Thursday night. They are running away with a weak division again and should finish with either this seed or No. 2.
4. Baltimore Ravens (7-3), first place, AFC North. The Ravens, after beating the Panthers in Week 11, lead the division by a 1.5 games over the Bengals, whom they beat in Baltimore. They are looking to keep improving their seeding down the stretch with an outside shot at No. 1.
5. Buffalo Bills (7-3), second place, AFC East. The Bills ended their two-game losing streak by overcoming a slow start and rolling to beat the Browns in Week 11. They will play again at Detroit on Thanksgiving against the suddenly red-hot Lions. The Bills jumped up back to the top AFC wild-card spot after the Jets lost.
6. New England Patriots (6-4), third place, AFC East. The Patriots came out of their Week 10 by outlasting the Jets in a defensive-minded battle of attrition. Their sweep of New York following the bye strengthening their AFC wild-card position.
7. New York Jets (6-4), last place, AFC East. The Jets fell down from No. 5 and missed their chance to take the division lead over the Dolphins by losing to the Patriots for a second time. They might fall out of a wild-card spot depending on what happens with the Chargers on Sunday night.
Who’s in the hunt?
8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4), second place, AFC North
9. Los Angeles Chargers (5-5), second place, AFC West
10. Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1), second place, AFC South
The Chargers and Bengals liked the fact the Jets lost to get closer to an AFC wild card, but only one of them was able to make ground. The Bengals remain behind the Patriots and Jets because of an inferior conference record. The Chargers blew a huge chance in the division and in this race against the Chiefs. The Colts lost a tough one to the Eagles to put them on the brink of fading for good.
Who’s likely out?
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7), third place, AFC South
12. Cleveland Browns (3-7), third place, AFC North
13. Las Vegas Raiders (3-7), third place, AFC West
14. Denver Broncos (3-7), last place, AFC West
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-7), last place, AFC North
16. Houston Texans (1-8-1), last place, AFC South
The Steelers are accepting the first-ever losing season under Mike Tomlin even with a Week 10 win over the Saints. The Raiders and Jaguars had some promise early but that’s faded fast, with the latter beating the former in Week 9. The Browns are out of any real contention before the return of Deshaun Watson in Week 13. The Texans are getting closer to lock down the top overall draft pick with each passing week.
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NFC playoff picture
1. Philadelphia Eagles (9-1), first place, NFC East. The Eagles nearly lost a second consecutive game in the same week on the road against the Colts after suffering a shocking upset defeat at home vs. the Commanders on Monday night to complete Week 10. But the big fourth-quarter rally to win keeps them on track to take the lone bye and home-field advantage.
2. Minnesota Vikings (8-2), first place, NFC North. The Vikings’ two losses have now come to NFC East teams, the Eagles on the road in Week 2 and the Cowboys at home in Week 11. They need the Eagles to lose twice to have a shot at No 1. The Vikings still will roll to the division title with a four-game lead on the Lions with seven left to play, but their best case seems to be to hold this seed.
3. San Francisco 49ers (6-4), first place, NFC West. The 49ers took over the division lead over the idle Seahawks by evening their record. San Francisco holds the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of beating Seattle at home in Week 2. They will look to stay hot in back-to-back home games against the Saints and Dolphins.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5), first place, NFC South. The Buccaneers are only .500 but they are in complete control of their weak division again with everyone else fading fast. They should get on a roll after their Week 11 bye, fresh off the win over the Seahawks.
5. Dallas Cowboys (7-3), second place, NFC East. The Cowboys had their chance against the Eagles once and came up short in Philadelphia. They will need to wait until Christmas Eve until the rematch in Dallas. They are looking good to be the top wild card at the least after beating the Giants. They jumped back up over the Giants in Week 11 by beating the Vikings after that team lost to the Lions.
6. New York Giants (7-3), third place, NFC East. The Giants suffered a difficult home loss to the upstart Lions in Week 11. That opened the door for the Cowboys, who beat them once, to pass them again before the teams play again Week 12 in Dallas on Thanksgiving. That also allowed the Eagles to get a game back in the division lead on them after losing it in Week 10.
7. Seattle Seahawks (5-4), second place, NFC West. The Seahawks lost to the Buccaneers in Munich before the bye and got jumped by the 49ers one week later. They are still looking good for a wild-card spot for now, but the red-hot Commanders are right on their tails. That means the Seahawks must take care of business in a three-week stretch against the Raiders, Rams and Panthers.
Who’s in the hunt?
8. Washington Commanders (6-5), last place, NFC East
9. Atlanta Falcons (5-6), second place, NFC South
10. Detroit Lions (4-6), second place, NFC North
The Commanders stayed hot and got above .500 with their dominant win over the Texans in Houston to get closer to the Giants and Cowboys in the NFC wild-card race behind the Eagles. The Falcons knocked the Bears down more before facing the Commanders in Week 12. The Lions jumped the Packers for some long-shot consideration with their third consecutive win.
Who’s likely out?
11. Green Bay Packers (4-7), third place, NFC North
12. New Orleans Saints (4-7), third place, NFC South
13. Arizona Cardinals (4-7), third place, NFC West
14. Los Angeles Rams (3-7), last place, NFC West
15. Carolina Panthers (3-8), last place, NFC South
16. Chicago Bears (3-8), last place, NFC North
The Packers lost again to fall behind the Lions, to whom they lost in Week 9. The Saints separated from the Rams by beating them. The Cardinals fell into the mix after getting blasted by the 49ers. The Panthers and Bears lost again because of offense and defense, respectively, on the road in Week 11.