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With 10 weeks in the books, the Green Bay Packers own the No. 1 seed in the NFC, while the Tennessee Titans continue to occupy the No. 1 spot in the AFC.
Green Bay shut out the Seattle Seahawks 17-0 on Sunday to move to 8-2. The Arizona Cardinals, on the other hand, suffered a 34-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Thanks to the Packers’ Week 8 win over Arizona, they own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The Titans won their second straight game without Derrick Henry to maintain a slight advantage over the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens.
Here’s how things go before week 11.
AFC playoff photo
- 1. Tennessee Titans, 8-2 (1st in AFC South)
- 2. Buffalo Bills, 6-3 (1st in AFC East)
- 3. Baltimore Ravens, 6-3 (1st in AFC North
- 4. Kansas City Chiefs, 6-4 (1st in AFC West)
- 5. Pittsburgh Steelers, 5-3-1 (wild card)
- 6. New England Patriots, 6-4 (wild card)
- 7. Los Angeles Chargers, 5-4 (wildcard)
- 8. Cincinnati Bengals, 5-4
- 9. Las Vegas Raiders, 5-4
- 10. Indianapolis Colts, 5-5
- 11. Cleveland Browns, 5-5
- 12. Denver Broncos, 5-5
- 13. Miami Dolphins, 3-7
- 14. New York Jets, 2-7
- 15. Jacksonville Jaguars, 2-7
- 16. Houston Texans, 1-8
Matches planned in the first round
No.2 Buffalo Bills vs. No.7 Los Angeles Chargers
No.3 Baltimore Ravens vs. No.6 New England Patriots
No.4 Kansas City Chiefs vs. No.5 Pittsburgh Steelers
NFC playoff photo
- 1. Green Bay Packers, 8-2 (1st in NFC North)
- 2. Arizona Cardinals, 8-2 (1st in NFC West)
- 3. Dallas Cowboys, 7-2 (1st in NFC East)
- 4.Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-3 (1st in NFC South)
- 5. Los Angeles Rams, 7-3 (wild card)
- 6. New Orleans Saints, 5-4 (wild card)
- 7. Carolina Panthers, 5-5 (wild card)
- 8. Minnesota Vikings, 4-5
- 9. San Francisco 49ers, 4-5
- 10. Atlanta Falcons, 4-5
- 11. Philadelphia Eagles, 4-6
- 12. Washington Football Team, 3-6
- 13. Giants of New York, 3-6
- 14. Seattle Seahawks, 3-6
- 15. Chicago Bear, 3-6
- 16. Detroit Lions, 0-8-1
First round matches
No.2 Arizona Cardinals vs. No.7 Carolina Panthers
No.3 Dallas Cowboys vs. No.6 New Orleans Saints
# 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. # 5 Los Angeles Rams
Even by typical NFL standards, parity seems to be rife this season. The addition of a 17th game and postponing the extension of the 2020 playoffs to a seventh team also kept the playoff races interesting for even longer.
The Detroit Lions may be 0-8-1, but even they still have a mathematical chance to climb into the NFC’s seven-team squad.
Looking ahead to this week’s game roster, it’s too early for anyone to clinch a playoff berth. Some teams in the middle of the peloton could at least take a little breather.
The Las Vegas Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals are the first two teams to enter the AFC Wildcard Battle and hold identical 5-4 records. Las Vegas welcomes Cincinnati at 4:05 pm ET in a good test for both parties.
The San Francisco 49ers didn’t live up to expectations but come off an outright 31-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. A date with the Jacksonville Jaguars sets a straight path to the .500, which could be enough to overtake the Carolina Panthers for seventh place in the NFC.
The Kansas City Chiefs faced a lot of skepticism for a two-time defending conference champion after a 3-4 start, and the doubts weren’t entirely unwarranted. Since then, the Chiefs have won three straight wins.
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Kansas City hosts the Dallas Cowboys, who responded to a lifeless Week 9 loss to the Denver Broncos by dropping 36 points in the first half to the Atlanta Falcons. This will serve as a good barometer as to whether the Chiefs’ hot streak was a bit of a mirage.
On the other hand, eliminating KC would strengthen the Cowboys credentials.