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NFL Playoff Picture: the wild-card chase heats up

Heading into Week 11, six teams in the NFC had the same record for the 'seventh' seed in the conference, while the 'sixteenth' seed in the A


Heading into Week 11, six teams in the NFC had the same record for the ‘seventh’ seed in the conference, while the ‘sixteenth’ seed in the AFC was only three wins out of a playoff spot. Sunday, however, started to see some separation in once conference – and a narrowing of the gap in the other. There may not be any changes in the twelve teams currently slated to be playing postseason football – though that might change, with the provisional AFC #6 seed, the Bills, playing the Patriots on Monday Night Football tonight – but there’s some seeding changes among those twelve; and more importantly, we’re beginning to get a real picture of which teams are legitimately in the hunt for those precious wild card slots. Check out the full current seeding below!

AFC

#1 – New England Patriots (1.000) AFC East Champions #2 – Cincinnati Bengals (.800) AFC North Champions #3 – Denver Broncos (.800) AFC West Champions The Bengals have a better record within the conference than the Broncos (.875 vs .667) #4 – Indianapolis Colts (.500) AFC South Champions The Colts own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Texans, who are also .500 in the AFC South #5 – Pittsburgh Steelers (.600) AFC Wild Card #1 #6 – Buffalo Bills (.556) AFC Wild Card #2 #7 – Kansas City Chiefs (.500) #8 – Houston Texans (.500) #9 – New York Jets (.500) The Chiefs have a better record within the conference (.667) than the Texans (.571) or the Jets (.500). The Texans own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Jets. #10 – Oakland Raiders (.400) #11 – Jacksonville Jaguars (.400) #12 – Miami Dolphins (.400) The Raiders have a better record within the conference (.571) than the Jaguars (.500) or the Dolphins (.286). The Jaguars own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Dolphins. #13 – Baltimore Ravens (.300) #14 – Cleveland Browns (.200) #15 – San Diego Chargers (.200) #16 – Tennessee Titans (.200) The Browns have a better record within the conference (.250) than the Chargers (.167) or the Titans (.000). The Chargers have a better record within the conference than the Titans. The Titans are only three wins behind the Colts in the AFC South.  

NFC

#1 – Carolina Panthers (1.000) NFC South Champions #2 – Arizona Cardinals (.800) NFC West Champions #3 – Green Bay Packers (.700) NFC North Champions The Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Vikings, who are also .700 in the NFC North) #4 – New York Giants (.500) NFC East Champions #5 – Minnesota Vikings (.700) NFC Wild Card #1 #6 – Atlanta Falcons (.600) NFC Wild Card #2 #7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.500) #8 – Seattle Seahawks (.500) The Bucs have a better record within the conference that the Seahawks (.571 vs .556) #9 – Washignton Redskins (.400) #10 – St. Louis Rams (.400) #11 – New Orleans Saints (.400) #12 – Chicago Bears (.400) #13 – Philadelphia Eagles (.400) Because we have two teams from the same division, we need to eliminate one first. The Redskins own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles, so Philadelphia drops to the bottom of the teams with a .400 record. The Redskins have a better record within the conference (.571) than the Rams (.429), the  Saints (.375), or the Bears (.167). The Rams have a better record within the conference than the Saints or the Bears. The Saints have a better record within the conference than the Bears. #14 – Detroit Lions (.300) #15 – San Francisco 49ers (.300) #16 – Dallas Cowboys (.300) The Lions have a better record within the conference (.333) than the 49ers (.250) or the Cowboys (.250). The 49ers have a better Strength of Victory than the Cowboys (.533 vs .433). The Cowboys are only two wins behind the Giants in the NFC East.


Gur Samuel

Hi! I'm Gur and I'm RealSport's Editor-in-Chief. I'm also currently the site's tennis editor, and contribute to our NFL, wrestling and Formula 1 coverage as well. I'm also an NFL analyst for CNN International and contributor to SB Nation, and have contributed to, or been interviewed by, various print, broadcast and online media, including the BBC, Mail Online, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Boston Globe, and Yahoo! Sports.

NFL Playoff Picture: the wild-card chase heats up

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