Updated NFL standings, playoff picture: Week 10

With only Monday Night Football between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants remaining, here is the updated NFL playoff picture through Week 10.

With 13 of the 14 NFL Week 10 games in the books, let’s take a look at the NFL Playoff pictures for both the AFC and NFC should the season end today. Keep in mind that the New York Giants still have to host the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football in Week 10.

Here is the AFC Playoff picture:

  1. New England Patriots (7-2)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)
  3. Houston Texans (6-3)
  4. Baltimore Ravens (5-4)
  5. Oakland Raiders (7-2)
  6. Denver Broncos (7-3)

New England would have home field advantage in the AFC with a (7-2) record, best in the AFC East. They would have the tiebreaker over Kansas City with a better record against the AFC. The Patriots have a two-game lead over the Miami Dolphins (5-4), a three-game lead over the Buffalo Bills (4-5), and a 4.5-game lead over the New York Jets (3-7).

Kansas City moves into first place in the AFC West in Week 10 at 7-2. This would give the Chiefs the No. 2 seed in the AFC. They have the head-to-head tiebreaker over Oakland. Kansas City has a half game lead over the Broncos and a 3.5-game lead over the San Diego Chargers (4-6).

Houston has been in first place in the AFC South for a while now. The Texans are 6-3 and would get the No. 3 seed in the AFC Playoffs. They hold a 1.5-game lead over the Tennessee Titans (5-5), a two-game lead over the Indianapolis Colts (4-5), and four-game lead over the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-7).

Baltimore seized control of the AFC North in Week 9. The Ravens lead the AFC North at 5-4 and would get the No. 4 seed in the AFC Playoffs if the season ended today. They have a one-game lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-5), a 1.5-game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals (3-4-1), and a 5.5-game lead over the winless Cleveland Browns (0-10).

Through Week 10, the two AFC Wild Card teams would be the Raiders and the Broncos. Oakland has the best record of a non-division leader in the AFC at 7-2. The Raiders would get the No. 5 seed. Denver has the second best record of a non-division leader in the AFC at 7-3. The Broncos would get the No. 6 seed.

Here is the NFC Playoff picture:

  1. Dallas Cowboys (8-1)
  2. Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1)
  3. Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
  4. Detroit Lions (5-4)
  5. New York Giants (5-3)*
  6. Washington Redskins (5-3-1)

Dallas has the best record in the NFC at 8-1. The Cowboys would have home field advantage in the NFC and lead the NFC East through Week 10. They have a 2.5-game lead over the Giants (5-3), a 2.5-game lead over the Redskins (5-3-1), and a three-game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Seattle has the best record in the NFC West at 6-2-1. The Seahawks would have the No. 2 seed in the NFC Playoffs if the season ended today. They have a two-game lead over the Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1), a 2.5-game lead over the Los Angeles Rams (4-5), and a 5.5-game lead over the San Francisco 49ers (1-8).

Atlanta leads the NFC South with a 6-4 record and would have the No. 3 seed in the NFC Playoffs. The Falcons have a 1.5-game lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5), a 1.5-game lead over the New Orleans Saints (4-5), and a 2.5-game lead over the Carolina Panthers (3-6).

Detroit has the best record in the NFC North at 5-4 and would have the No. 4 in the NFC Playoffs. The Lions have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Minnesota Vikings (5-4). Detroit also boasts a one-game lead over the Green Bay Packers (4-5) and a three-game lead over the Chicago Bears (2-7).

Through Week 10 of the 2016 NFL season, the two NFC Wild Card teams would be the Giants and the Redskins. New York has the best record of a non-division leader in the NFC before their Monday Night Football game against the Bengals at 5-3. The Giants would get the No. 5 seed.

Washington has the second best record of a non-division leader in the NFC at 5-3-1. The Redskins would get the No. 6 seed in the NFC Playoffs if the season ended today.

Should the Giants fall to the Bengals at home on Monday Night Football, the NFC Wild Card seeding would flip with Washington moving up to No. 5 at 5-3-1 and New York falling to No. 6 at 5-4.

The Giants have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles. New York would edge out the Vikings for the sixth seed by having a better record against the NFC.

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