Monday, December 5, 2016

NFL Playoff Picture After 12 Games


With Week 13 complete, all teams have played 12 games, so here are the standings at that mark. I'm including teams within a game of the playoffs.
AFC

Bal 3-0    NE  5-1    NE  7-2   Oak 10-2
NE  3-0    Pit 4-2    KC  7-2   NE  10-2
Den 3-0    Hou 4-2    Hou 6-3   Bal  7-5
Hou 2-1    KC  4-2    Bal 5-4   Hou  6-6
Pit 2-1    Oak 4-2    Oak 7-2   KC   9-3   
KC  2-1    Den 4-2    Den 6-3   Den  8-4
--------   --------   --------  ---------
Oak 2-1    Buf 4-2    Mia 5-4   Mia  7-5
                                Pit  7-5
                                Ind  6-6
                                Ten  6-6
Oakland and NE are both 7-1 in conference, but the Raiders have a much better strength of victory than the Patriots, so they are the #1 seed. Pittsburgh has lost to both Baltimore and Miami. The Steelers have the easier remaining schedule than the Ravens, so the final meeting between them should decide the AFC North. Houston has won all 3 of their divisional games, so they are the South champ even at 6-6. Indianapolis won both games against the Titans.
NFC

Min 3-0    Dal 5-1    Dal 8-1   Dal 11-1
Phi 3-0    Min 5-1    Sea 6-2-1 Sea  8-3-1
LA  2-1    Sea 4-1-1  Atl 6-3   Det  8-4
Atl 2-1    Atl 4-2    Det 5-4   Atl  7-5
NYG 2-1    Was 4-2    NYG 6-3   NYG  8-4  
Dal 2-1    GB  4-2    Was 5-3-1 TB   7-5
--------   ---------  --------- ---------- 
Sea 2-1    Phi 4-2    Phi 5-4   Was  6-5-1
GB  2-1               Min 5-4   Min  6-6
                                GB   6-6
Atlanta split with surprising Tampa Bay who make their first appearance after a 4-game winning streak, but the Falcons have a slightly better divisional record (3-1 to 2-1) to take the fourth spot right now. Minnesota beat Green Bay in week 2, but both teams face an uphill struggle. The Cowboys were the first team to clinch a spot.

Best,

Sean

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