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NFL standings: Updated AFC, NFC playoff picture for Week 14 of 2022 season

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The 2022 NFL season is right down to the ultimate five weeks. Although the playoff picture for the AFC and NFC won’t be finalized until Week 18, it is time to keep the updated standings and what teams can be within the playoffs if the season led to Week 14.

Here’s a breakdown of the NFL’s latest playoff field and seedings, also the contenders on the point of joining the potential postseason party:

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NFL standings for Week 14

AFC playoff picture

1. Buffalo Bills (9-3), first place, AFC East. The Bills are back ahead of the Dolphins within the division by a game and additionally they have full control within the race for the highest seed and home-field advantage and the lone bye. They’ve the important thing head-to-head wins over the Chiefs, Ravens and Titans to this point. The important thing to winning the East is thrashing the Jets and Dolphins at home in Weeks 14 and 15. The No. 1 might come right down to beating the red-hot Bengals in Cincinnati in Week 17.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3), first place, AFC West. The Chiefs fell here after losing to the Bengals in Week 13. They lost to the Bills but beat the Titans. They’re in peril of dropping to the No. 3 seed if the Bengals should stay hot and win the AFC North over the Ravens. They need some help against the Bills and/or Bengals to complete with the highest seed now. The Chiefs will take the division again with a win and a Chargers loss.

3. Baltimore Ravens (8-4), first place, AFC North. The Ravens won a critical game over the Broncos at home in Week 13 to remain ahead of the surging Bengals within the division and likewise gained a game on the Titans in the method. They are not well position to leap to No. 1 after losing the Bills, but ending strong with Tyler Huntley starting at QB for some time and a dominant defense could allow them to leap the Chiefs as they’re holding off the Bengals.

4. Tennessee Titans (7-5), first place, AFC South. The Titans are near winning one other division title but after earning the No. 1 seed in last 12 months’s playoffs, they’re probably stuck here this 12 months behind the Bills, Chiefs and whoever wins the North. They’re just trying to play well down the stretch to have some momentum for the wild-card round.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4), second place, AFC North. The Bengals’ huge wins over the Chiefs and Titans give them control of the highest seed because they host the Bills in Week 17. They first have to handle the division again by avoiding one other trap against the Browns at home in Week 14 and beating the Ravens at home in Week 18. In addition they have tricky road games in between against the Buccaneers and Patriots.

6. Miami Dolphins (8-4), second place, AFC East. The Dolphins fell here behind the Bills by a full game after losing to the 49ers in Week 13 and face one other tough challenge in California against the Chargers on Sunday night. They should stay a game behind the Bills to have a shot at taking back first place by sweeping the Bills in Buffalo in Week 15.

7. Latest York Jets (7-5), third place, AFC East. The Jets are in fine condition for now however the loss to the Vikings in Week 13 is followed by a brutal challenge on the Bills in Week 14. They draw the pesky Lions at home in Week 15 and shut with two difficult road games at Seattle and Miami. They may have to hope that 9-8 will likely be ok to maintain this seed.

Who’s within the hunt?

8. Latest England Patriots (6-6), last place, AFC East
9. Los Angeles Chargers (6-6), second place, AFC West

The Patriots trail the Jets by a game but additionally they have the advantage of a season sweep against their division rivals. In the event that they can beat the Dolphins, the Chargers can be sitting pretty with a positive closing schedule of the Titans, Colts, Rams and Broncos.

Who’s set to be out?

10. Cleveland Browns (5-7), third place, AFC North
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7)  last place, AFC North
12. Las Vegas Raiders (5-8), third place, AFC West
13. Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1), second place, AFC South
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8), third place, AFC South
15. Denver Broncos (3-9), last place, AFC West
16. Houston Texans (1-10-1), last place, AFC South

The Raiders were attempting to make one other late push into the playoffs after starting 1-4 and 2-7, but blowing a game to the Rams to open Week 14 was a giant blow after splitting with the Chargers. They now have to beat the Patriots at home in Week 15 to maintain their possibilities alive. The Browns and Steelers face near-elimination division games on Sunday. The Texans are getting closer to locking down the No. 1 overall pick.

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Jalen Hurts

NFC playoff picture

1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-1), first place, NFC East. The Eagles have a two-game lead on the Cowboys after winning the primary meeting in Philadelphia so that they still have work to do to take the division title back, starting with beating the Giants on the road on Sunday and ending with sweeping the Cowboys in Dallas in Week 16. The Eagles will clinch a playoff berth with a win in Week 14 or losses by each the 49ers and Seahawks.

2. Minnesota Vikings (10-2), first place, NFC North. The Vikings will clinch the division title with a win over the second-place Lions in Detroit on Sunday. They’re likely locked into this seed, having lost to the Eagles and Cowboys and up two games on the 49ers. Getting as much as No. 1 would require lots of help and sliding is unlikely given their favorable closing schedule.

3. San Francisco 49ers (8-4), first place, NFC West. The 49ers are up one game and a head-to-head tiebreaker on the Seahawks with Brock Purdy starting at quarterback for the remainder of the regular season. They are going to try to remain red-hot and win their sixth consecutive on Sunday. A Week 14 home win over the Buccaneers can be huge to catch up with to securing at the very least this seed and staying ahead of the Seahawks before their rematch in Seattle in Week 15.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6), first place, NFC South. The Buccaneers are back to. .500 and might be ok with winning the division no matter what happens against the 49ers and Bengals the following two games. They’re up 1.5 games and head-to-head tiebreaker on the Falcons. In addition they are two games up on the Panthers, to whom they lost on the road. Tampa Bay hosts Carolina in Week 17 and finishes at Atlanta in Week 18. The Buccaneers are up 2.5 games on the Saints, whom they swept.

Dak Prescott

5. Dallas Cowboys (9-3), second place, NFC East. The Cowboys are still within sight of the Eagles, as their Week 6 loss at Philadelphia is their only defeat in division play. In the event that they could make up yet another game on the Eagles before or after their Week 16 rematch in Dallas, they might win the East based on having the higher division record if each teams finish with the identical overall record and a season split.

6. Latest York Giants (7-4-1), third place, NFC East. The Giants salvaged a tie with the Commanders in Week 13 but they suddenly are in a precarious position after a three-game winless streak. They play the Eagles twice and have a rematch with the Commanders in Washington in Week 15. In addition they have a troublesome game with the Vikings in Minnesota in Week 16. They have already got key losses to the Seahawks and Lions behind them.

7. Seattle Seahawks (7-5), second place, NFC West. The Seahawks are clinging to this final spot a half-game over the Commanders due to that team tying the Giants in Week 13. The Seahawks have to handle the pesky Panthers first to spice up their fallback wild-card plan before the massive rematch vs. the 49ers in Seattle that provides them a shot to take the division title in the long run. 

Who’s within the hunt?

8. Washington Commanders (7-5-1), last place, NFC East
9. Detroit Lions (5-7), second place, NFC North
10. Atlanta Falcons (5-8), second place, NFC South

The Commanders and Falcons will likely be rooting for the Eagles, Vikings and 49ers to assist them in beating the Giants, Lions and Buccaneers during Week 14 byes. Detroit can have an outdoor shot at catching Minnesota or improve its wild card push by winning that matchup as home home favorites on Sunday.

Who’s set to be out?

11. Green Bay Packers (5-8), third place, NFC North
12. Carolina Panthers (4-8), third place, NFC South
13. Arizona Cardinals (4-8), third place, NFC West
14. Latest Orleans Saints (4-9), last place, NFC South
15. Los Angeles Rams (4-9), last place, NFC West
16. Chicago Bears (3-10), last place, NFC North

The Packers get a bye, too, in Week 14, after which they are going to attempt to run the table and hope for one of the best at 9-8, but it can likely take 10 wins to get into the NFC playoffs as a wild card. The Panthers and Saints don’t have any margin for error in attempting to catch the Buccaneers now. The Rams’ upset of the Raiders kept them from matching the Bears’ conference-worst mark.

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