It’s even doable that the league expands this season’s playoffs past 14 groups if the coronavirus pandemic causes a rash of standard season video games to be canceled, however for now we’ll go together with that quantity. Right here is the place the postseason chases within the NFC and the AFC stand heading into Week 11 and a look at what’s to return.
1. Inexperienced Bay Packers (7-2)
Remaining schedule (opponents’ mixed successful proportion*: .492): at Colts, Bears, Eagles, at Lions, Panthers, Titans, at Bears
2. New Orleans Saints (7-2)
Remaining schedule (.430): Falcons, at Broncos, at Falcons, at Eagles, Chiefs, Vikings, at Panthers
3. Seattle Seahawks (7-3)
Remaining schedule (.330): at Eagles, Giants, Jets, at Washington, Rams, at 49ers
4. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5-1)
Remaining schedule (.571): at Browns, Seahawks, at Packers, Saints, at Cardinals, at Cowboys, Washington
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3)
Remaining schedule (.519): Rams, Chiefs, Vikings, at Falcons, Lions, Falcons
6. Los Angeles Rams (6-3)
Remaining schedule (.508): at Buccaneers, 49ers, at Cardinals, Patriots, Jets, at Seahawks, Cardinals
7. Arizona Cardinals (6-4)
Remaining schedule (.473): at Seahawks, at Patriots, Rams, at Giants, Eagles, 49ers, at Rams
Remaining schedule (.463): at Packers, Lions, Texans, at Vikings, at Jaguars, Packers
Remaining schedule (.515): at Panthers, Texans, at Bears, Packers, at Titans, Buccaneers, Vikings
Remaining schedule (.439): Cowboys, Panthers, Jaguars, at Buccaneers, Bears, at Saints, at Lions
Hanging on: San Francisco 49ers (4-6), Atlanta Falcons (3-6)
Technically alive, however not occurring: Carolina Panthers (3-7)
NFC East mess: New York Giants (3-7), Dallas Cowboys (2-7), Washington Soccer Workforce (2-7)
Let’s begin with the NFC East, partly as a result of it’s simply so ridiculous. All 4 groups have been terrible — which is why every retains at the very least an affordable shot of successful the division and getting the No. Four seed. The Eagles have a 1½-game lead over their closest pursuer, the Giants, so we’ll give them the nod for now, however Philadelphia additionally has the hardest schedule left. The Cowboys have the simplest schedule of the 4, however given their struggles to beat anybody outdoors of their division, which may not matter a lot. How the Giants, Cowboys and Washington fare towards the lowly Bengals, who gave the Eagles their tie, might be a figuring out issue.
Of the 2 groups on the high of the NFC, New Orleans gained’t have Drew Brees and would want to finish up with at the very least a one-game lead over Inexperienced Bay, which beat the Saints in Week 3, to get the first-round bye. The Packers will need to see the Bears, towards whom they nonetheless have a pair of video games, persevering with to implode.
Following an enormous win Thursday over the Cardinals that moved them to the highest of the NFC West, the Seahawks can’t be counted out within the race for the highest seed as a result of they’ve the NFL’s lowest-rated power of schedule the remainder of the way in which.
The Bucs and Rams seem well-positioned for at the very least wild-card spots given the ugliness in Chicago, however regulate the Vikings, who’ve bounced again from a 1-5 begin.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0)
Remaining schedule (.477): at Jaguars, Ravens, Washington, at Payments, at Bengals, Colts, at Browns
2. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (8-1)
Remaining schedule (.531): at Raiders, at Buccaneers, Broncos, at Dolphins, at Saints, Falcons, Chargers
Remaining schedule (.509): Chargers, at 49ers, Steelers, at Broncos, at Patriots, Dolphins
4. Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
Remaining schedule (.524): Packers, Titans, at Texans, at Raiders, Texans, at Steelers, Jaguars
5. Las Vegas Raiders (6-3)
Remaining schedule (.444): Chiefs, at Falcons, at Jets, Colts, Chargers, Dolphins, at Broncos
Remaining schedule (.477): at Broncos, at Jets, Bengals, Chiefs, Patriots, at Raiders, Payments
7. Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
Remaining schedule (.461): Titans, at Steelers, Cowboys, at Browns, Jaguars, Giants, at Bengals
Remaining schedule (.508): at Ravens, at Colts, Browns, at Jaguars, Lions, at Packers, at Texans
Remaining schedule (.445): Eagles, at Jaguars, at Titans, Ravens, at Giants, at Jets, Steelers
Hanging on: New England Patriots (4-5)
Technically alive, however not occurring: Denver Broncos (3-6), Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1), Houston Texans (2-7), Los Angeles Chargers (2-7), Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8), New York Jets (0-9)
The Steelers usually are not more likely to go 16-0, with a Dec. 13 journey to Buffalo wanting like a great place for a blemish, however Pittsburgh ought to be capable of maintain serve for home-field benefit within the playoffs.
The Chiefs’ first order of enterprise must be getting revenge in a rematch this week with the Raiders, who dealt Kansas Metropolis its solely loss final month. To overhaul the Steelers for the highest seed, Patrick Mahomes and Co. not solely want Pittsburgh to lose however ideally to do it at the very least as soon as throughout the division.
The Colts took command of the AFC South with a Week 10 win at Tennessee and might all however cement their divisional grip with a sweep once they meet once more in Week 12. With 5 of their last seven video games on the street, the Titans might be in some bother going ahead, however they’re 2-1 away from house and may help themselves this week by persevering with that optimistic pattern at Baltimore.
The Raiders have 5 house video games left and their two street video games are towards the Falcons and Jets, so even a loss Sunday to the Chiefs may not do a lot to derail their postseason trajectory. A Week 16 matchup with Miami, although, may have main ramifications.
Baltimore closes the season with 5 video games during which it must be favored, and the Ravens can enter that stretch in nice form in the event that they win one among their subsequent two.