NFL Playoff Picture: Updated seeds after Week 14

NFL Playoff Picture: Updated seeds after Week 14
From ESPN - December 10, 2017

One of the most unpredictable weeks of the 2017 season left the NFL with new leaders for both conferences and the prospect for three massive Week 15 showdowns. Lets take a closer look at the current playoff picture, as one game with AFC East implications remains to be played on Monday night between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.


1. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2)

A wild victory Sunday night over the Baltimore Ravens allowed the Steelers to clinch the AFC North and grab a temporary half-game lead for the top seed in the conference, pending Monday's game between the Patriots and Dolphins. Should the Dolphins win, the Steelers could clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a victory next week over the Patriots at Heinz Field.

2. New England Patriots (10-2)

Before they start worrying about the Steelers, the Patriots will focus on finishing out Week 14. A victory on Monday night in Miami would clinch the AFC East (while also allowing them to keep pace with the Steelers). Stay tuned.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4)

An impressive victory over the Seattle Seahawks, combined with the Titans' loss to the Arizona Cardinals, have returned the Jaguars to the AFC South lead. It's the latest point of the season they have been atop the division since 2009, and they are five games above .500 for the first time since 2007. But unless the Tennessee Titans collapse, there is not an obvious tie-breaking path to clinching the division before the teams' Week 17 showdown.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-6)

If the Chiefs have stopped the bleeding, it could not have come at a better time. They ended a four-game losing streak Sunday, essentially putting two games between themselves and the Oakland Raiders. Kansas City can cement its head-to-head tiebreaker over the San Diego Chargers with a victory over L.A. next week at Arrowhead Stadium. Long story short: Despite a massive midseason slump, the Chiefs remain in total control of the division and thus their spot in the playoffs.

5. Tennessee Titans (8-5)

The Titans trail the Jaguars but could still clinch the division title by winning out. (They would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.) We will see if quarterback Marcus Mariota's knee injury will hamper that push. They also have a tough schedule, facing the resurgent San Francisco 49ers in Week 15 and the Rams in Week 16. But they still hold a strong advantage in the wild-card race.

6. Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

Even after losing a fourth-quarter lead in Pittsburgh, the Ravens are clinging to the AFC's final wild-card spot. For now, at least, they come out ahead in a three-way tiebreaker with the Chargers and Bills thanks to a better record in common games. Fortunately for the Ravens, however, their remaining games are against the Cleveland Browns (0-13), the Indianapolis Colts (3-10) and Cincinnati Bengals (5-8).

In the hunt: Los Angeles Chargers (7-6) and Buffalo Bills (7-6).


1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-2)

2. Minnesota Vikings (10-3)

3. Los Angeles Rams (9-4)

4. New Orleans Saints (9-4)

5. Carolina Panthers (9-4)

6. Atlanta Falcons (8-5)


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