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How the NFL playoff picture looks coming out of Week 9

The NFL is wrapping up Week 9, and a few teams are standing out in the playoff picture heading into Week 10.

Eric Ebron #85 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a touchdown with JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 08, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Week 9 is rapidly coming to a close and we’ve officially passed the halfway point of the 2020 NFL regular season. The Patriots will be the final team to get to their eight game of te season once they face the Jets on Monday Night Football. We’ve got plenty of football still to go in the regular season, but the playoff picture is coming into focus.

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).

The Saints got arguably the biggest win of Week 9. They crushed the Bucs to complete a season sweep and get the key tiebreaker as they sit atop the division. The Ravens got a bit win of their own, beating the Colts 24-10. However, they did not luck out as the Steelers came back and won an unexpectedly difficult game against the Cowboys.

Week 10 is going to bring a pair of critical divisional games. The Titans host the Colts on Thursday Night Football to open the week and the Rams host the Seahawks on Sunday. Division leads are on the line.

Here’s a look at what the playoff picture looks like heading into Monday Night Football to close out Week 9.

AFC

1. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8-0
2. Kansas City Chiefs, 8-1
3. Buffalo Bills, 7-2
4. Tennessee Titans, 6-2

5. Baltimore Ravens, 6-2
6. Las Vegas Raiders, 5-3
7. Miami Dolphins, 5-3

Outside looking in: Cleveland Browns (5-3), Indianapolis Colts (5-3), Denver Broncos (3-5)

NFC

1. Seattle Seahawks, 6-2
2. Green Bay Packers, 6-2
3. New Orleans Saints, 6-2
4. Philadelphia Eagles, 3-4-1

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-3
6. Arizona Cardinals, 5-3
7. Los Angeles Rams, 5-3

Outside looking in: Chicago Bears (5-4), San Francisco 49ers (4-5), Minnesota Vikings (3-5), Detroit Lions (3-5)