You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

NFL playoff picture: Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 13

Sporting News logo Sporting News 12/2/2019 Vinnie Iyer
a baseball player wearing a helmet © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

Week 13 is here, and with fewer than five weeks remaining in the 2019 regular season, the NFL playoff picture is coming together quickly based on the current AFC and NFC standings.

Here is an updated look at what each conference field would look like now, what teams are still in contention and what teams should already be thinking about the offseason.

MORE: NFL playoff clinching scenarios in Week 13

AFC playoff picture

Who would be in?

1. Ravens, first place, AFC North (10-2) — The Ravens are playing like the best team in the NFL. They jumped the Patriots for the top seed with their win over the 49ers coupled with that team losing at the Texans, thanks to a convincing head-to-head tiebraker. They already are running away with the division, three games up on the Steelers and four games up on the Browns. Up next: at Bills

a person wearing a helmet © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

2. Patriots, first place, AFC East (10-2) — The Patriots fell here after losing to the Texans on Sunday night. They have now lost two of four games in the toughest stretch of their schedule and they can't afford to lose much more in AFC play or they will play with the fire of dropping out of this bye spot, too. Up next: vs. Chiefs

3. Texans, first place, AFC South (8-4) The Texans finally solved the riddle of the Patriots at the best possible time, both to maintain this seed over the Chiefs and keep a one-game lead in the division over the Titans, who they still need to play twice. Up next: vs. Broncos

4. Chiefs, first place, AFC West (8-4) The Chiefs ripped the Raiders after the bye but couldn't move up after the Texans, who beat them earlier this season, upset the Patriots on Sunday night. The Chiefs get their own New England test next week. Up next: at Patriots

5. Bills, second place, AFC East (9-3) — The Bills have a strong hold on the top wild-card position as they continue to take advantage of a favorable schedule. The big win in Dallas on Thanksgiving was huge ahead of a tougher final-month schedule, and they keep pushing the Patriots in the division. Up next: at Ravens

6. Steelers, second place, AFC West (7-5) — The Steelers stayed here after taking care of the Browns at home on Sunday to even their season series. They hold the tiebreaker over the Titans because of a better conference record. Up next: at Cardinals

Who can get there?

7. Titans (7-5); 8. Raiders (6-6); 9. Colts (6-6); 10. Browns (5-7)

The Titans jumped ahead of the Colts by beating them in Indianapolis. The Raiders failed to keep pace with them by losing to the Chiefs and the Steelers dragged the Browns further down.

Who's on their way out?

11. Jaguars (4-8); 12. Broncos (4-8); 13. Chargers (4-8); 14. Jets (4-8)

The Steelers and Titans getting to seven wins hurts all their chances. The Jaguars and Jets suffered bad losses in Week 13, while the Chargers lost to the Broncos.

Who's out?

15. Dolphins (3-9); 16. Bengals (1-11)

The Dolphins were eliminated Sunday despite their win over the Eagles. The Bengals can't do better than five wins, which isn't good enough. They're bad enough now, despite a lone win over the Jets on Sunday, to secure the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

NFC playoff picture

Who would be in?

1. 49ers, first place, NFC West (10-2) — The 49ers lost an AFC game to the Ravens on Sunday for their second defeat of the season. They could fall out of first place and drop to No. 5 should the Seahawks beat the Vikings on Monday night. Up next: at Saints

2. Saints, champions, NFC South (10-2) — The Saints have taken care of their third consecutive division title after eliminating the Falcons on Thursday night. Now they can focus on the business of securing at least a first-round bye while pushing for the top seed and home-field advantage. They already have big wins over the Seahawks and Cowboys, and they get their direct shot at the current No. 1 in Week 14. Up next: vs. 49ers

3. Packers, first place, NFC North (9-3) — The Packers rebouned from their loss to the 49ers last week by ripping the Giants on the road in Week 13. They will hope the Vikings lose on Monday night to have a one-game lead in the division. Up next: vs. Redskins

4. Cowboys, first place, NFC East (6-6) — The Cowboys have only a one-game lead plus the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles after losing to the Bills at home on Thanksgiving. They're fortunate the Eagles also lost in Week 13 to the Dolphins. Should the Cowboys hold on and win the division again, they're likely stuck with this seed, fading behind the Saints and Packers and having lost to both teams. Up next: at Bears

5. Seahawks, second place, NFC West (9-2) — The Seahawks stayed here after Week 12 because of the 49ers' win over the Packers last week. They need to keep winning to either push the 49ers in the division or keep the top wild card. Up next: vs. Vikings

6. Vikings, second place, NFC North (8-3) — The Vikings stay here after the Packers lost to the 49ers because they don’t have the head-to-head tiebreaker. They need to keep winning to push the Packers in the division or jump up to the top wild card. They also need to keep an eye on the Rams stealing this wild card. Up next: at Seahawks

Who can get there?

7. Rams (7-5); 8. Bears (6-6); 9. Eagles (5-7); 10. Buccaneers (5-7); 11. Panthers (5-7)

The Rams walked back into the wild-card race with a win over the Cardinals. The Bears stayed semi-hot with a win on Thanksgiving. The Eagles hurt their NFC East chances and the Panthers hurt their slimmer wild-card chances with respective bad losses to bad teams in Week 13.

Who's on their way out?

14. Redskins (3-9)

The Redskins stayed alive in the NFC East race with a win over the Panthers and the Eagles and Cowboys losing, but they remain a real division longshot.

Who's out?

12. Lions (3-8-1); 13. Cardinals (3-8-1); 15. Falcons (3-9); 16. Giants (2-10)

The Lions and Falcons were eliminated with their respective losses to the Bears and Saints on Thursday. The Giants and Cardinals were eliminated with their respective losses to the Packers and Rams on Sunday.

Related slideshow: NFL season (provided by imagn)

AdChoices
AdChoices

More From Sporting News

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon