The 2022 NFL season has entered the last two months. Although the playoff picture for the AFC and NFC won’t be finalized until Week 18, it’s time to look at the updated standings and find out which teams would be in the playoffs when the season ends in Week 11.
Here’s a breakdown of the NFL’s latest playoff field and seedings, while also looking at contenders poised to join the potential postseason party:
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NFL rankings for week 11
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1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2), first place, AFC West. The Chiefs are looking good again for the top seed that includes the lone bye and home field advantage for the AFC playoffs. In terms of potential future tiebreakers, Kansas City lost to Buffalo at home but beat Tennessee there. They’ll be looking to get closer to another division title on Sunday night with the Chargers.
2. Miami Dolphins (7-3), first place, AFC East. The Dolphins lead the division with a win and a half game as they enjoy a Week 11 bye. They beat the third-placed Bills at home but lost away to the second-placed Jets.
3. Tennessee Titans (7-3), first place, AFC South The Titans opened Week 11 with a slightly upset road win over the Packers on Thursday night. They’re running away with a weak division again and should finish with either that seeded number or 2nd place.
4. Baltimore Ravens (6-3), first place, AFC North. The Ravens lead the division with a full game against the Bengals, who beat them in Baltimore. They’re looking to further improve their seeding on the track with an outside shot at number 1.
5. New York Jets (6-3), second place, AFC East. The Jets can jump into first place with a rematch win over the Patriots on Sunday for having previously beaten the Dolphins and Bills, but a loss would likely knock them out of any playoff position.
6. Buffalo Bills (6-3), Third Place, AFC East. The Bills are looking to end their two-game losing streak and get back on track first to win the division before contemplating retaking first place from the Chiefs. They have a great opportunity to rebound against the Browns, although it’s a “home game” being moved to Detroit before they play the Lions there on Thanksgiving.
7. New England Patriots (5-4), last place, AFC East. The Patriots didn’t play in Week 10 but jumped up here over the losing Chargers as both teams posted a 4-2 conference record. That means all four AFC East teams would make the playoffs if the season ends before week 11.
Who’s on the hunt?
8. Los Angeles Chargers (5-4), second place, AFC West
9. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4), second place, AFC North
10. Indianapolis Colts (4-5-1), second place, AFC South
11. Cleveland Browns (3-6), Third Place, AFC North
12. Denver Broncos (3-6), Third Place, AFC West
Still the reigning AFC champions, the Bengals are obviously the team to watch the most. However, the Chargers are ahead because they have the superior conference record, 4-2 vs. 2-3. The Colts got a Jeff Saturday spark in Las Vegas. The Browns and Broncos lost again in Week 10 to the Dolphins and Titans, respectively.
Who is likely outside?
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6), last place, AFC North
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7), Third Place, AFC South
15. Las Vegas Raiders (2-7), last place, AFC West
16. Houston Texans (1-7-1), last place, AFC South
The Steelers accept their first losing season under Mike Tomlin, even with a Week 10 win over the Saints. The Raiders and Jaguars had promised something early on, but that quickly evaporated, with the latter beating the former in Week 9. The Texans should still be eyeing the top draft pick.
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1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1), first place, NFC East. The Eagles no longer have to worry about chasing a perfect season. That dream was dashed when they lost in stunning fashion at home to division rivals Commanders in Week 10. Their lead in East shrank to a game over the victorious Giants and remained two over the losing Cowboys. They still have first place for defeating the Vikings in week 2.
2. Minnesota Vikings (8-1), first place, NFC North. The Vikings’ only loss was acceptable when they lost to the Eagles in Week 2 in Philadelphia. They can claim their division title faster than any other team considering how badly the Packers have slipped, falling to 4-7 as early as Week 11. They need to lose the Eagles again to have any chance at No. 1.
3. Seattle Seahawks (6-4), first place, NFC West. The Seahawks surprise as just a 500+ man team, not to mention the division leaders. But the division lead is tenuous as the 49ers, just one game behind after Week 10, beat them in Week 2 in San Francisco. The Seahawks need to get hot again after their Week 11 departure to secure the West or a wild card, including the home win over the 49ers in Week 15.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5), first place, NFC South. The Buccaneers are only .500, but they’ve regained full control of their weak division while everyone else is quickly fading. They should pick up momentum after their departure in Week 11, fresh from defeating the Seahawks.
5. New York Giants (7-2), second place, NFC East. The Giants’ losses have come to the Seahawks and the Cowboys. They’re looking great for a surprise wild card with Brian Daboll after Week 10 with the win over the Texans while the Cowboys lost to the Packers in overtime. The Giants also moved to the division lead within a game, with two remaining to play with the Eagles.
6. Dallas Cowboys (6-3), Third Place, NFC East. The Cowboys had their chance against the Eagles once and fell short in Philadelphia. They will have to wait until Christmas Eve for the rematch in Dallas. They’re looking good to be at least a wild card after beating the Giants. However, they fell a spot behind the Giants by losing a lead and losing to the Packers in Week 10.
7. San Francisco 49ers (5-4), second place, NFC West. The 49ers have a good chance of jumping up to third place by simply taking the West. With all due respect to Seattle, San Francisco should still be favorites for the division after shrinking the lead to one game with their Week 10 win over the Chargers ahead of their Monday night date with the Cardinals in Mexico City.
Who’s on the hunt?
8. Washington Commanders (5-5), last place, NFC East
9. Atlanta Falcons (4-6), second place, NFC South
10. Arizona Cardinals (4-6), Third Place, NFC West
11. Green Bay Packers (4-7), second place, NFC North
The Commanders pulled off a big win over the Eagles in Week 10 as they attempted to level with their NFC East brethren in the playoff positions. The Falcons have faded lately while the Cardinals caught up to them in Week 10. The Packers are hanging by a thread after losing to the Titans to open Week 11.
Who is likely outside?
12. Detroit Lions (3-6), Third Place, NFC North
13. Los Angeles Rams (3-6), last place, NFC West
14. Carolina Panthers (3-7), Third Place, NFC South
15. New Orleans Saints (3-7), last place, NFC South
16. Chicago Bears (3-7), last place, NFC North
The Lions have won twice in a row, but that doesn’t change their previously lower status. The Rams are now behind them after losing to the Cardinals. The Panthers overtook the Saints in Week 10 with a head-to-head tiebreaker. The Bears have their QB in Justin Fields but need to focus on defensive help.