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NFL Playoff Picture: Who’s in and who’s out after Thanksgiving?


Week 12 opened with the traditional trio of Thanksgiving games. This stunning week saw the Eagles get humiliated by the Lions, the Cowboys lose their just-returned starting quarterback Tony Romo for the season, and the Bears cause a huge upset by beating Packers 17-13.

So, how did the three games affect the current playoff seeding for the AFC and NFC?

RealSport do the analysis below.

AFC

PositionTeamWin RatioNotes
#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 (.875) than the Broncos (.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 
#6  Kansas City Chiefs .500 
#7  Houston Texans .500 
#8  Buffalo Bills .500 
#9  New York Jets .500 Because we have two teams in the same division, we need to eliminate one first. The Bills own the head to head tiebreaker over the Jets, so the Jets drop to the bottom of the teams with a .500 record. The Chiefs have a better record within the conference (.667) than the Texans (.571) or the Bills (.556). 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

PositionTeamWin RatioNotes
#1  Carolina Panthers 1.000 
#2  Arizona Cardinals .800 
#3  Minnesota Vikings .700 
#4  New York Giants .500 
#5  Green Bay Packers .636 
#6  Atlanta Falcons .600 
#7  Tampa Bay Buccaneers .500 
#8  Seattle Seahawks .500 The Bucs have a better record within the conference (.571) than the Seahawks (.556)
#9  Chicago Bears .455 
#10  Washington Redskins .400 
#11  St. Louis Rams .400 
#12  New Orleans Saints .400 Washington owns a head to head tiebreaker over both the Rams and the Saints. The Rams have a better record within the conference (.429) than the Saints (.375)
#13  Detroit Lions .364 
#14  Philadelphia Eagles .364 The Lions own the head to head tiebreaker over the Eagles
#15  San Francisco 49ers .300 
#16  Dallas Cowboys .273 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: Who’s in and who’s out after Thanksgiving?

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