NFL Playoff Picture: AFC & NFC standings after Week 12

The NFL playoff picture is taking shape. Here’s how it looks after the latest slate of games:

AFC

  1. Steelers (11-0) Still in the lead for home-field advantage.
  2. Chiefs (10-1) Big lead in the AFC West.
  3. Titans (8-3) Owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Buffalo.
  4. Bills (8-3) One-game lead in the AFC East.
  5. Browns (8-3) Closing in on a return to the playoffs.
  6. Dolphins (7-4) One game out in the AFC East.
  7. Colts (7-4) Fell behind in AFC South.
  8. Raiders (6-5) Big loss to the Falcons.
  9. Ravens (6-5) Currently on the outside looking in.
  10. Patriots (5-6) Tough road to a return to the playoffs.
  11. Broncos (4-7) Three games out of the wild card.
  12. Texans (4-7) Three games out of the wild card.
  13. Chargers (3-8) No realistic shot at a playoff berth.
  14. Bengals (2-8-1) Out of contention.
  15. Jaguars (1-10) Way out of contention.
  16. Jets (0-11) Worst team in the NFL.

NFC

  1. Saints (9-2) In the lead for home-field advantage.
  2. Seahawks (8-3) Strength of victory tiebreaker over Packers.
  3. Packers (8-3) Big lead in the NFC North.
  4. Giants (4-7) Lead the NFC East.
  5. Rams (7-4) Still in NFC West contention.
  6. Buccaneers (7-5) Will be tough to catch the Saints in the NFC South.
  7. Cardinals (6-5) One-game lead for the final wild card spot.
  8. Vikings (5-6) One game behind for the wild card.
  9. Bears (5-6) One game behind for the wild card.
  10. 49ers (5-6) One game behind for the wild card.
  11. Lions (4-7) No realistic chance in the wild card race.
  12. Washington (4-7) Still not out of it in the NFC East.
  13. Falcons (4-7) Playing well too little, too late.
  14. Panthers (4-8) No realistic chance in the wild card race.
  15. Eagles (3-7-1) Still not out of it in the NFC East.
  16. Cowboys (3-8) Still not out of it in the NFC East.