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NFL 2022 playoff picture, standings: Eagles, Dolphins lead loaded NFC East, AFC East; 49ers take NFC West lead

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Playoff races are beginning to hit the forefront of the NFL season because the calendar approaches Thanksgiving. While the playoff chase is not as chaotic in Week 11, the stage is getting set for a wild December and January. 

The NFC East and AFC East boast all eight teams with six-plus wins — joining the 2014 AFC North because the only divisions because the 2002 realignment to have six-plus wins through Week 11. The battles in those divisions can be price monitoring heading into December, especially since those races will impact the fight for wild card spots. 

Below, you will discover a division-by-division breakdown of the present standings and what each contender is facing on their schedule the remainder of the way in which. 

AFC East

Miami Dolphins

What to know: The Dolphins had a bye in Week 10, but maintain their AFC East lead over the Bills since they beat Buffalo in Week 3. Miami is the No. 2 seed within the AFC, winning the tiebreaker over Tennessee based on strength of victory — and the tiebreaker over Baltimore based on having a greater win percentage in conference games. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Texans, at 49ers, at Chargers, at Bills, vs. Packers, at Patriots, vs. Jets

Buffalo Bills

What to know: A win over the Browns in Detroit gets the Bills back on the right track after losing two in a row. Buffalo is tied with Miami for the division lead, however the Week 3 loss to the Dolphins is the tiebreaker. Buffalo is the No. 5 seed within the AFC. 

Remaining schedule: at Lions, at Patriots, vs. Jets, vs. Dolphins, at Bears, at Bengals, vs. Patriots

Recent England Patriots

What to know: A final-second win over the Jets puts the Patriots because the No. 6 seed within the AFC playoff standings — and one game behind the Bills and Dolphins for the division lead. The Patriots have a tiebreaker over the Bengals based on having a greater win percentage in conference games. Additionally they swept the Jets, owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Recent York. 

Remaining schedule: at Vikings, vs. Bills, at Cardinals, at Raiders, vs. Bengals, vs. Dolphins, at Bills

Recent York Jets

What to know: The Jets lost to the Patriots, getting swept within the season series and falling to the No. 8 seed within the AFC on the surface looking in. The Bengals beat the Jets earlier this yr, giving Cincinnati the No. 7 seed within the conference. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Bears, at Vikings, at Bills, vs. Lions, vs. Jaguars, at Seahawks, at Dolphins

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

What to know: The Ravens hold on to their AFC North lead with a win over the Panthers. They’re the No. 4 seed within the AFC, losing the head-to-head tiebreaker to Miami and the tiebreaker to Tennessee as a result of the Titans having a greater win percentage in conference games.

Remaining schedule: at Jaguars, vs. Broncos, at Steelers, at Browns, vs. Falcons, vs. Steelers, at Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals

What to know: The Bengals are back within the playoff picture with their win over the Steelers and the Jets’ loss to the Patriots. They sit a game behind the Ravens within the division and have the tiebreaker over the Jets for the No. 7 seed based on a head-to-head victory. 

Remaining schedule: at Titans, vs. Chiefs, vs. Browns, at Buccaneers, at Patriots, vs. Bills, vs. Ravens 

Cleveland Browns

What to know: The Browns proceed their slide after a loss to the Bills. They’re three games out of the ultimate playoff spot and sit because the No. 13 seed within the conference. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Buccaneers, at Texans, at Bengals, vs. Ravens, vs. Saints, at Commanders, at Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

What to know: The Steelers are three games out of a playoff spot after their loss to the Bengals. They’re the No. 15 seed within the AFC. 

Remaining schedule: at Colts, at Falcons, vs. Ravens, at Panthers, vs. Raiders, at Ravens, vs. Browns 

AFC South

Tennessee Titans 

What to know: A win over the Packers has the Titans at 7-1 of their last eight games. Tennessee is the No. 3 seed within the AFC playoff standings, winning a tiebreaker over Baltimore based on a greater win percentage in conference games. The Dolphins have the strength of victory tiebreaker over the Titans.

Remaining schedule: vs. Bengals, at Eagles, vs. Jaguars, at Chargers, vs. Texans, vs. Cowboys, at Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts

What to know: The Colts are 2.5 games out of the ultimate playoff spot after their loss to the Eagles. They’re the No. 10 seed within the AFC. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Steelers, at Cowboys, Bye, at Vikings, vs. Chargers, at Giants, vs. Texans 

Jacksonville Jaguars

What to know: The Jaguars are on a bye this week, but are the No. 11 seed within the AFC standings — 1.5 games behind the Colts for second place within the division.

Remaining schedule: vs. Ravens, at Lions, at Titans, vs. Cowboys, at Jets, at Texans, vs. Titans

Houston Texans

What to know: The Texans have the worst record within the NFL and are in position for the highest pick within the NFL Draft. 

Remaining schedule: at Dolphins, vs. Browns, at Cowboys, vs. Chiefs, at Titans, vs. Jaguars, at Colts

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

What to know: The Chiefs maintain control of the AFC’s top seed with their win over the Chargers. Kansas City leads the AFC West by three games and swept Los Angeles in the method. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Rams, at Bengals, at Broncos, at Texans, vs. Seahawks, vs. Broncos, at Raiders

Los Angeles Chargers

What to know: The Chargers are the No. 9 seed within the AFC standings after the loss to the Chiefs, a game behind the Bengals for the ultimate playoff spot within the conference. 

Remaining schedule: at Cardinals, at Raiders, vs. Dolphins, vs. Titans, at Colts, vs. Rams, at Broncos 

Las Vegas Raiders

What to know: The Raiders sweep the Broncos on the season, but are three games out of the ultimate playoff spot within the AFC standings. They’re the No. 12 seed within the AFC.

Remaining schedule: at Seahawks, vs. Chargers, at Rams, vs. Patriots, at Steelers, vs. 49ers, vs. Chiefs  

Denver Broncos

What to know: The Broncos were swept by the Raiders after Sunday’s loss. Denver is the No. 14 seed within the AFC standings. 

Remaining schedule: at Panthers, at Ravens, vs. Chiefs, vs. Cardinals, at Rams, at Chiefs, vs. Chargers  

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles

What to know: The Eagles take over sole possession of the highest seed within the NFC with a win over the Colts and the Vikings’ loss to the Cowboys. Additionally they lead the NFC East by two games over the Giants and Cowboys — with a head-to-head victory over Dallas. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Packers, vs. Titans, at Giants, at Bears, at Cowboys, vs. Saints, vs. Giants

Dallas Cowboys  

What to know: The Cowboys take over second place within the NFC East with a win over the Vikings and the Giants’ loss to the Lions. Dallas is the No. 5 seed within the NFC because of the head-to-head win over Recent York.

Remaining schedule: vs. Giants, vs. Colts, vs. Texans, at Jaguars, vs. Eagles, at Titans, at Commanders

Recent York Giants

What to know: The Giants fall two games behind the Eagles within the division because of their loss to the Lions. Additionally they are in third place within the NFC East and hold the No. 6 seed within the NFC. 

Remaining schedule: at Cowboys, vs. Commanders, vs. Eagles, at Commanders, at Vikings, vs. Colts, at Eagles 

Washington Commanders

What to know: The Commanders are back within the NFC playoff race — and over .500 — after their win over the Texans. They’re one game behind the 49ers within the loss column — and might take the No. 7 seed within the NFC if San Francisco falls to Arizona on Monday night.

Remaining schedule: vs. Falcons, at Giants, Bye, vs. Giants, at 49ers, vs. Browns, vs. Cowboys 

NFC North

Vikings

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Lions

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Packers

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3

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Minnesota Vikings

What to know: The Vikings’ probabilities at home-field advantage within the NFC took a serious hit because of Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. Minnesota has a head-to-head loss to Philadelphia and Dallas now — even when the Vikings are still the No. 2 seed within the conference. The Vikings are a game behind the Eagles for the highest spot and would lose a head-to-head tiebreaker. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Patriots, vs. Jets, at Lions, vs. Colts, vs. Giants, at Packers, at Bears 

Detroit Lions

What to know: The Lions — yes the Lions — are in second place within the NFC North. Detroit has won three in a row, but sit two games behind San Francisco within the loss column for the ultimate playoff spot. They’re the No. 10 seed within the NFC. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Bills, vs. Jaguars, vs. Vikings, at Jets, at Panthers, vs. Bears, at Packers

Green Bay Packers

What to know: The Packers are three games behind the 49ers within the loss column for the ultimate playoff spot with their playoff hopes dwindling. They’re the No. 12 seed within the NFC. 

Remaining schedule: at Eagles, at Bears, Bye, vs. Rams, at Dolphins, vs. Vikings, vs. Lions 

Chicago Bears

What to know: The Bears are tied for the worst record within the NFC. The Panthers own the tiebreaker based on Carolina having a greater win percentage in conference games. 

Remaining schedule: at Jets, vs. Packers, Bye, vs. Eagles, vs. Bills, at Lions, vs. Vikings

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What to know: The Buccaneers had their bye week and still lead the division. They’re the No. 4 seed within the NFC. 

Remaining schedule: at Browns, vs. Saints, at 49ers, vs. Bengals, at Cardinals, vs. Panthers, at Falcons

Atlanta Falcons

What to know: A win over the Bears put the Falcons a half game back of the Buccaneers of the division lead (Tampa Bay holds the head-to-head tiebreaker). The Falcons are the No. 9 seed within the NFC, two games behind the 49ers within the loss column for the ultimate playoff spot. 

Remaining schedule: at Commanders, vs. Steelers, Bye, at Saints, at Ravens, vs. Cardinals, vs. Buccaneers

Recent Orleans Saints

What to know: The Saints are 1.5 games back of the Buccaneers after their win over the Rams. They’re three games behind the 49ers within the loss column for the ultimate playoff spot, sitting because the No. 13 seed within the conference. 

Remaining schedule: at 49ers, at Buccaneers, Bye, vs. Falcons, at Browns, at Eagles, vs. Panthers

Carolina Panthers

What to know: The Panthers are tied with the Bears for the worst record within the conference. They own the tiebreaker based on having a greater win percentage in conference games than Chicago, but still are the No. 15 seed within the conference. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Broncos, Bye, at Seahawks, vs. Steelers, vs. Lions, at Buccaneers, at Saints 

NFC West

Seattle Seahawks

What to know: The Seahawks had a bye this week, but lost the division lead after the 49ers win over the Cardinals on Monday. San Francisco holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Seattle. The Seahawks are the No. 3 seed within the NFC. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Raiders, at Rams, vs. Panthers, vs. 49ers, at Chiefs, vs. Jets, vs. Rams

San Francisco 49ers

What to know: The 49ers took the NFC West lead and the No. 3 seed within the conference. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Saints, vs. Dolphins, vs. Buccaneers, at Seahawks, vs. Commanders, at Raiders, vs. Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals

What to know: The Cardinals play the 49ers on Monday. Currently the No. 11 seed within the NFC, Arizona needs a win to tug inside one game of San Francisco within the loss column and knock the 49ers out of the No. 7 seed. The Cardinals can be one game behind the Commanders for the ultimate playoff spot with a win. 

Remaining schedule: vs. Chargers, Bye, vs. Patriots, at Broncos, vs. Buccaneers, at Falcons, at 49ers

Los Angeles Rams

What to know: The Rams are three games behind the 49ers within the loss column for the ultimate playoff spot, and were swept by San Francisco. Los Angeles sits because the No. 14 seed within the NFC. 

Remaining schedule: at Chiefs, vs. Seahawks, vs. Raiders, at Packers, vs. Broncos, at Chargers, at Seahawks 

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