UPDATE: We’re updating playoff standings coming out of Week 12 here.
We didn’t get the Thanksgiving Day primetime matchup between the Steelers and Ravens, a game that could have had meaningful implications for the AFC playoff picture. It’s bumped to Tuesday as COVID sweeps through the Baltimore locker room. But there was still a game that shook up the playoff order a bit, with Washington thumping Dallas to take control of the smelly pile of jockstraps that is the NFC East. Technically it’s not too late for Washington to slide into the playoffs with a winning record, but that seems like a stretch. And the other three teams in that division are not out of mix yet, believe it or not. In fact, if the Eagles can beat the Seahawks on Monday, they’d move into the division lead.
Speaking the Steelers, they can clinch a spot with a win and a losses by the Dolphins and Raiders. If both Pittsburgh and the Chiefs win, the Steelers would hang onto the top spot because they’d still have a slight edge in conference record (the Chiefs are playing an NFC team this week.) If the Steelers lose and the Chiefs win, Kansas City would move into the first seed.
One of the more important games in the AFC is the Colts hosting the Titans. Right now, the Colts have an edge because they beat Tennessee the last time they played, back in Week 10. If the Titans win this one, they’d move into the top spot in their division.
The Rams could move into the top spot in the NFC with a win and a Saints loss. Los Angeles would have the tie breaker in that scenario based on their conference record. A Rams loss an a Seahawks win would vault Seattle to the top of the NFC West.
Washington Football Team 41, Cowboys 16
Panthers (4-7) @ Vikings (4-6)
Cardinals (6-4) @ Patriots (4-6)
Saints (8-2) @ Broncos (4-6)
49ers (4-6) @ Rams (7-3)
Chiefs (9-1) @ Buccaneers (7-4)
Bears (5-5) @ Packers (7-3)
Seahawks (7-3) @ Eagles (3-7)