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Playoff implications are attached to a huge chunk of NFL games in the upcoming weeks.That chunk will get smaller and smaller as the season winds down to its finale.
Teams have already shown a fierce fighting spirit hanging on to their slice of playoff real estate. You can be assured that trend will continue until week 18 is over.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (12-1)
The Eagles have a team that can score multiple ways on offense and attack you multiple ways on defense. They should be viewed season the favorites to win the championship.
2. Buffalo Bills (10-3)
Buffalo has caught fire at the right time and if they can beat Miami on Saturday, they should take their division.
3. Dallas Cowboys (10-3)
Dallas made it look really hard versus the lowly Texans team. Could they be in for another long day versus Jacksonville by his week?
4. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3)
I find it laughable that people will try their hardest to make other players better than Patrick Mahomes. At best, these other quarterbacks are somewhere in his neighborhood.
5. San Francisco 49ers (9-4)
The 49ers are a scary proposition for all of the NFC playoff field. Every team that makes it better beware.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4)
The defending AFC champions have won five games in a row and only a couple of those have been close. The Bengals have suddenly become the AFC’s worst nightmare.
7. Minnesota Vikings (10-3)
The Vikings have now given up the most passing yards in the NFL. Fortunately for them, they play Indianapolis this week.
8. Baltimore Ravens (9-4)
Baltimore’s defense came through for them, forcing three turnovers versus Pittsburgh. They’ve forced 23 turnovers this season.
9. Miami Dolphins (8-5)
Despite the final numbers, the Dolphins are improving on defense. Their offense seems to be in a funk. Miami is 1-5 when they fail to score 20 points.
10. Tennessee Titans (7-6)
Tennessee has lost three games in a row after that hot streak they were on about a month ago. Their division lead is all of a sudden in jeopardy.
11. Seattle Seahawks (7-6)
Seattle will have their hands full the next three weeks, starting with a division showdown with San Francisco.
12. New England Patriots (7-6)
The Patriots have kept their place in the playoff hunt. They’ll have the most experienced coach, but probably the least amount of talent.
13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-6)
The Chargers had Mike Williams in the lineup for the first time since week 11 and it showed. He had six catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in their (must win) game versus Miami.
14. Detroit Lions (6-7)
Imagine scoring 30 or more in your team’s last three wins and then adding another deep threat in Jameson Williams. The Lions have won five out of their last six games.
15. New York Giants (7-5-1)
The Giants were one of the first teams to six wins this season. Since then they’ve gone 1-4-1 and they are currently riding a four game winless streak.
16. Washington Commanders (7-5-1)
The Commanders last game was versus the Giants and their next after their bye week is versus (you guessed it) the Giants.
17. New York Jets (7-6)
The Jets have lost three out of four games, losing a grip on their playoff hopes. They play the red hot Detroit Lions on Sunday.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8)
With the win over the division leading Titans, Jacksonville has given themselves an outside chance at the playoffs.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7)
At one point in the third quarter Tom Brady completed a pass to Julio Jones. At that point I wondered why either was still playing football.
20. Green Bay Packers (5-8)
What will the Packers really be playing for when they come off their bye week? It won’t be a playoff spot, but they’ll need some kind of motivation to finish off the season.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8)
Pittsburgh will more than likely not make the playoffs, but grooming Kenny Pickett is the key for the rest of the season. Hopefully he won’t be in concussion protocol for long.
22. Cleveland Browns (5-8)
Cleveland had their two game winning streak snapped, finishing with their lowest point total of the season.
23. Atlanta Falcons (5-8)
The Falcons come off their bye week to resume their heated rivalry with the Saints and then Baltimore, both on the road.
24. Las Vegas Raiders (5-8)
You’ll hear jokes about a team that has lost games to guys walking in off the streets (literally) more than once this season. At that point you should laugh.
25. Carolina Panthers (5-8)
Carolina has won three out of four games and they’ve given themselves a chance to snag the division title.
26. Arizona Cardinals (4-9)
The Cardinals season was on the brink of being over before Monday night’s game versus New England. The injury to Kyler Murray minutes after that game started will surely put a nail in their coffin.
27. New Orleans Saints (4-9)
The Saints are a team with zero identify on both sides of the ball.
28. Indianapolis Colts (4-8-1)
The Colts come off of their bye week to play what should be a motivated Vikings team on Saturday.
29. Los Angeles Rams (4-9)
Baker Mayfield’s career will be a made for tv movie one day, you really can’t make this stuff up.
30. Denver Broncos (3-10)
Russell Wilson was having what was probably gonna be his best game all season and then he got hurt in the fourth quarter. Denver had their highest point total of the season.
31. Chicago Bears (3-10)
Chicago comes off of their bye week to face Philadelphia and then Buffalo. I’m sure they’ll wish they had another bye week after those two games.
32. Houston Texans (1-11-1)
Houston gave Dallas a tough challenge in the battle of Texas, but they fell just short. Their rotating quarterback game plan was fun to watch.