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Standings last updated November 20, 2017
We gave in and started inputting playoff seeds.
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC East
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC North
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC South
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC West
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Analysis After Week 10
In a twist that really isn’t that notable, the division standings did not change at all from last week. Not one shimmy from third to second was found in all the land. While the NFC’s divisional picture looks the same, the seeding shifted a bit. Minnesota is in position for a first-round bye while the New Orleans Saints move back to third. That’s it.
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Analysis After Week 7
We still have the Philadelphia Eagles as the top team in the NFC, and the National Football League through seven weeks. The “changing of the guard” we previously mentioned continues. It’s the Rams, Saints, and Vikings making early playoff pushes, while Dallas and Atlanta are still struggling for air. Both can get there, but their second halves must be better.
New Orleans is surprisingly one of the hottest teams in the NFC, but the best offense so far? The Los Angeles Rams. Believe it.
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Analysis After Week 6
Everyone who isn’t an Eagles fan: raise your hand if you thought Philadelphia would have the best record in the NFC after Week 6. Put your hand down, you pathetic liar. I see that Donovan McNabb jersey hanging over your chair.
There has been a real shift in the NFC this season, at least through six games. Dallas, the Giants, Detroit, and Atlanta are all on the outside, while the Rams and Saints are in position. There’s too much time left in the season, however, and teams can fold or surge.
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Analysis After Week 5
We expected the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons to be near the top of the NFC. The Carolina Panthers are a decided maybe. As for the Philadelphia Eagles, that’s a surprise. It’s too early to say how the seeding will shake out, and frankly, if you’re thinking seeds after Week 5, you have too much time on your hands.
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Analysis After Week 4
At this point, we don’t know who will make the playoffs, but we know who’s done. The San Francisco 49ers never had a shot, but for the New York Giants to be 0-4 is a crime. They are without a doubt the biggest disappointment of the season so far.
NFL Playoff Picture: NFC Analysis After Week 1
What analysis? We’re a week into the season, and admittedly, this is filler material. Wait a few games for the numbers to pile up, and then we’ll talk.
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC East
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC North
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC South
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC West
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC Analysis After Week 10
Absolutely nothing changed in the AFC from Week 9. Buffalo is hanging onto their playoff bid, barely.
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC Analysis After Week 7
Little change to the AFC through seven weeks, but the Tennessee Titans now own first place in the AFC South. That division continues to be a race to the bottom, but admittedly, it’s pretty interesting. Meanwhile, fans in Buffalo probably wish the season ended today.
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC Analysis After Week 6
Kansas City retains their top spot, but a very strange Pittsburgh team, coming off of a horrible loss, beat up the Chiefs this week. New England also finds themselves back in first place, but is it crisp football out of Foxboro? Crisp weather, but not football.
Buffalo and Miami also own very early playoff positions in the AFC. A team to watch is Jacksonville: with the AFC South looking like crap, and Houston sans JJ Watt, why can’t the Jags go 8-8 or 9-7 and win the division? That might be all it takes.
The AFC is a tight cluster of teams this early in the season. Only Cleveland is out of the race.
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC Analysis After Week 5
Kansas City has a leg up on the AFC, but after that, it’s a blue. We expected the Pittsburgh Steelers to be up there, but they’re shaky so far. The same goes for the New England Patriots, who are 3-2 but suffering through bad defense. Oakland, with an injured Derek Carr, is falling out of the AFC West race. Finally, the Houston Texans, now sans JJ Watt, are in big trouble.
Twelve weeks left in the season means nothing is over, unless you’re the Cleveland Browns. Extrapolating this out to the rest of the season, however, there could be a changing of the guard in the AFC.
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC Analysis After Week 4
It sure feels like the whole National Football League is chasing Kansas City. They are the only 4-0 team, and with some big wins already, they look to be the team to beat.
If you’re freaking out about the New England Patriots, please don’t. The defense sucks, sure, but they have Tom Brady. 11-5 is basically a given.
NFL Playoff Picture: AFC Analysis After Week 1
Like we said: we need more data. We know who looked good and who didn’t. And the Pats will be fine.