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How the NFL playoff picture looks heading into Week 9

The NFL is wrapping up Week 8, and a few teams are standing out in the playoff picture heading into Week 9.

Quinnen Williams #95 of the New York Jets reacts after sacking Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 31, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The NFL is headed into the late afternoon games in Week 8, to be followed by Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football. We’re midway through Week 8, which means we still have ten more weeks of football. The playoff picture has a long way to go to get sorted out, but there’s plenty to track this weekend with some big wins and huge upsets.

The Packers got the week going with a road upset of the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. That moved Green Bay into the No. 1 seed for the time being. Sunday’s 1 p.m. slarte has brought us the biggest upset of the weekend and one of the bigger ones this season. The Jets welcomed the Bengals to town and proceeded to punch them in the mouth and secure a 34-31 upset. The Titans now move into first place after a wild OT win over the Colts.

Late Sunday PM update: The Patriots stunned the Chargers in LA to improve to 4-4. The Broncos beat Washington to get back to .500 and remain in the thick of the AFC wild card chase. The Bucs closed out the 4:05/4:25 slate with an ugly loss to the Saints at the Superdome.

SNF/MNF update: The Cowboys beat the Vikings to build on their NFC East lead. The Chiefs edged out the Giants to remain in the wild card mix.

Here’s a look at what the playoff picture looks like Sunday afternoon with plenty of football remaining. We’ll update following the 4:05/4:25 p.m. games, and then again after Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.

AFC playoff picture

1. Tennessee Titans, 6-2
2. Buffalo Bills, 6-2
3. Las Vegas Raiders, 5-2
4. Baltimore Ravens, 5-2

5. Cincinnati Bengals, 5-3
6. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-3
7. Los Angeles Chargers, 4-3

Outside looking in: Cleveland Browns (4-4), Denver Broncos (4-4), New England Patriots (4-4), Kansas City Chiefs (4-4), Indianapolis Colts (3-5)

NFC playoff picture

1. Green Bay Packers, 7-1
2. Arizona Cardinals, 7-1
3. Dallas Cowboys, 6-1
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-2

5. Los Angeles Rams, 7-1
6. New Orleans Saints, 5-2
7. Carolina Panthers, 4-4

Outside looking in: Minnesota Vikings (3-4), Atlanta Falcons (3-4), San Francisco 49ers (3-4)