What the NFL Playoffs Picture Looks Like Heading Into Week 11
As we’re now past the midway point of the 2022 NFL season, we figured it was about time to start looking ahead to the postseason. It’s never too early, right?
As it stands now, we’d be guaranteed a new Super Bowl champion as both the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals are on the outside looking in. At 5-4, the Bengals are in a much better position to get in and are only out for the moment due to a tiebreaker.
The Rams, on the other hand, are in big trouble. The defending champs sit in last place in the NFC West at 3-6 and are in 13th place overall in the NFC. They’re two games back of the seventh-seeded San Francisco 49ers, but it’s actually more like three, as the Niners have already beaten the Rams twice, giving them the head-to-head tiebreaker.
So LA will need to leapfrog the other five teams in front of them and then get a game up on San Francisco, which seems like a daunting task given how Sean McVay’s group has been playing.
The top seeds in the NFL Playoffs following all the action in Week 10 are the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC and the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC. Let’s take a look at the other 12 teams that would fill out the brackets if the season ended today.
What the NFC Playoffs would look like if the season ended today
As the Philadelphia Eagles own the best record in the NFL through Week 10, we’ll kick things off in the NFC. Here’s who’s in.
- No. 1: Philadelphia Eagles (8-1, 1st NFC East)
- No. 2: Minnesota Vikings (8-1, 1st NFC North)
- No. 3: Seattle Seahawks (6-4, 1st NFC West)
- No. 4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5, 1st NFC South)
- No. 5: New York Giants (7-2, 2nd NFC East)
- No. 6: Dallas Cowboys (6-3, 3rd NFC East)
- No. 7: San Francisco 49ers (5-4, 2nd NFC West)
And here’s who’s out.
- No. 8: Washington Commanders (5-5, 4th NFC East)
- No. 9: Green Bay Packers (4-6, 2nd NFC North)
- No. 10: Atlanta Falcons (4-6, 2nd NFC South)
- No. 11: Arizona Cardinals (4-6, 3rd NFC West)
- No. 12: Detroit Lions (3-6, 3rd NFC North)
- No. 13: Los Angeles Rams (3-6, 4th NFC West)
- No. 14: Carolina Panthers (3-7, 3rd NFC South)
- No. 15: New Orleans Saints (3-7, 4th NFC South)
- No. 16: Chicago Bears (3-7, 4th NFC North)
What the AFC Playoffs would look like if the season ended today
And here’s a look at the AFC playoff picture.
- No. 1: Kansas City Chiefs (7-2, 1st AFC West)
- No. 2: Miami Dolphins (7-3, 1st AFC East)
- No. 3: Tennessee Titans (6-3, 1st AFC South)
- No. 4: Baltimore Ravens (6-3, 1st AFC North)
- No. 5: New York Jets (6-3, 2nd AFC East)
- No. 6: Buffalo Bills (6-3, 3rd AFC East)
- No. 7: New England Patriots (5-4, 4th AFC East)
And here’s who’s out.
- No. 8: Los Angeles Chargers (5-4, 2nd AFC West)
- No. 9: Cincinnati Bengals (5-4, 2nd AFC North)
- No. 10: Indianapolis Colts (4-5-1, 2nd AFC South)
- No. 11: Cleveland Browns (3-6, 3rd AFC North)
- No. 12: Denver Broncos (3-6, 3rd AFC West)
- No. 13: Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6, 4th AFC North)
- No. 14: Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6, 3rd AFC South)
- No. 15: Las Vegas Raiders (2-7, 4th AFC West)
- No. 16: Houston Texans (1-7-1, 4th AFC South)
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