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How the NFL playoff picture looks coming out of Week 10

The NFL is wrapping up Week 10, and a few teams are standing out in the playoff picture heading into Week 11.

Taylor Heinicke #4 of the Washington Football Team celebrates a touchdown during the third quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedExField on November 14, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The NFL is working its way through Week 10 and we still have plenty of football remaining, including a pair of significant matchups on Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football. In the meantime, we’ll be updating the NFL standings and how the playoff picture looks in the first week of the second half of the NFL’s 2021 calendar.

The week got off to a wild start with the Ravens losing a stunner in Miami. We then got another huge upset in the 1 p.m. slate on Sunday as the Washington Football Team shocked the Bucs at FedEx Field. Tampa Bay remains in good shape in the playoff race, but they’ve got some things to figure out. We got a sorta upset in Pittsburgh as the Lions played the Steelers to a tie.

The early slate on Sunday did see some dominant performances to settle things down a bit. The Bills crushed the Jets and the Cowboys destroyed the Falcons. The biggest surprise among the Sunday blowouts was how easily the Patriots dispatched the Browns to firm up their playoff position.

PM update: The Panthers went into Arizona and crushed Colt McCoy and the Cardinals. The Vikings went on the road to beat the Chargers as did the Eagles to the Broncos. The Packers shut out the Seahawks at home.

SNF update: The Chiefs are back in first place. They beat the Raiders to move into first with a half game lead on the Chargers.

MNF update: The 49ers thumped the Rams to close out the week.

Here’s a look at what the playoff picture looks like Sunday evening as Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football close out Week 10.

AFC playoff picture

1. Tennessee Titans, 8-2
2. Buffalo Bills, 6-3
3. Baltimore Ravens, 6-3
4. Kansas City Chiefs, 6-4

5. Pittsburgh Steelers, 5-3-1
6. New England Patriots, 6-4
7. Los Angeles Chargers, 5-4

Outside looking in: Cincinnati Bengals (5-4), Las Vegas Raiders (5-4), Denver Broncos (5-5), Cleveland Browns (5-5), Indianapolis Colts (5-5)

NFC playoff picture

1. Green Bay Packers, 8-2
2. Arizona Cardinals, 8-2
3. Dallas Cowboys, 7-2
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-3

5. Los Angeles Rams, 7-3
6. New Orleans Saints, 5-4
7. Carolina Panthers, 5-5

Outside looking in: Atlanta Falcons (4-5), Minnesota Vikings (4-5), San Francisco 49ers (4-5), Philadelphia Eagles (4-6), Chicago Bears (3-6), Seattle Seahawks (3-6)