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How the NFL playoff picture looks coming out of Week 11

The NFL is wrapping up Week 11, and a few teams are standing out in the playoff picture heading into Week 12.

Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball against Chuck Clark #36 of the Baltimore Ravens during the game at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Week 11 is rapidly coming to a close and we’re just about to the home stretch of the 2020 season. The 4:05/4:25 p.m. games have gotten underway, and we still have Chiefs-Raiders and Rams-Bucs in the two prime time games. Then this coming week is Thanksgiving, and the holiday season is when the NFL’s playoff push picks up steam.

The NFL is expanding the playoff pool this year, adding a wild card team to each conference to bring the total to 14 teams. The No. 1 seed in each conference will get a first round bye. The opening round will feature the three division winners facing the three wild card winners (2/7, 3/6, 4/5). If significant games are canceled or postponed due to Covid-19, the owners and players agreed to expand the playoff field to 16 teams with four wild card winners.

The Browns got a huge win over the Eagles, improving to 7-3 and firming up their playoff position amidst a mess of teams that entered Week 11 at 6-3. Meanwhile, the Eagles drop to 3-6-1 and suddenly are only half a game ahead of the Giants and Washington. The NFC East is truly atrocious and we now have three teams at 3-7 or worse added to our outside looking in info below.

The Titans stunned the Ravens in overtime, with Derrick Henry finishing it via walkoff. Tennessee moves into first place while Baltimore is suddenly behind Cleveland. That is an intriguing development.

Here’s a look at what the playoff picture looks like Sunday afternoon as the 4:05/4:25 p.m. games move along, and then Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football close out Week 11. You can read through playoff tiebreakers here.

AFC

1. Pittsburgh Steelers, 10-0
2. Kansas City Chiefs, 9-1
3. Indianapolis Colts, 7-3 (H2H tiebreaker over TEN)
4. Buffalo Bills, 7-3

5. Tennessee Titans, 7-3 (Conference record over CLE)
6. Cleveland Browns, 7-3
7. Las Vegas Raiders, 6-4 (Conference record record over BAL, MIA)

Outside looking in: Baltimore Ravens (6-4), Miami Dolphins (6-4)

Browns 22, Eagles 17
Steelers 27, Jaguars 3
Titans 30, Ravens 24
Texans 27, Patriots 20
Broncos 20, Dolphins 3
Colts 34, Packers 31
Chiefs 35, Raiders 31

NFC

1. New Orleans Saints, 8-2
2. Los Angeles Rams, 7-3 (Conference record over GB)
3. Green Bay Packers, 7-3
4. Philadelphia Eagles, 3-6-1

5. Seattle Seahawks, 7-3
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7-4
7. Arizona Cardinals, 6-4

Outside looking in: Chicago Bears (5-5), Minnesota Vikings (4-6), Detroit Lions (4-6), San Francisco 49ers (4-6), New York Giants (3-7), Washington Football Team (3-7), Dallas Cowboys (3-7)

Seahawks 28, Cardinals 21
Browns 22, Eagles 17
Saints 24, Falcons 9
Panthers 20, Lions 0
Colts 34, Packers 31
Cowboys 31 @ Vikings 28
Rams 27 @ Buccaneers 24