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November 15, 2011

NFL Playoff Picture Who’s In & Who’s Out?

Filed under: NFL, Oakland Raiders — Bill @ 1:22 pm

Here we are already through week 10 of the NFL season, just 7 Sundays to go before the playoffs begin. I thought it would be interesting to take a look and see, if the season endedc today, who would be in and who would be out. If you’ll recall we last checked this after week 4, 25% of the way through the season. It will be fun to compare who has risen and who has come back to earth.

— AFC Playoff Picture —
AFC East – New England 6-3
AFC North – Pittsburgh 7-3
AFC South – Houston 7-3
AFC West – Oakland 5-4
Wild Card – Cincinnati 6-3
Wild Card – Baltimore 6-3

*#1 & #2 seeds earn a playoff bye week, this would be Houston & Pittsburgh (Texans get the #1 seed by virtue of their week 4 victory over the Steelers.

*Cincinnati gets the higher Wild Card seed by virtue of a better conference record.

Who moved up- Patriots, Steelers, Raiders, & Bengals
Who moved down- Bills, Ravens (to Wild Card), Chargers, & Titans

— NFC Playoff Picture —
NFC East – NY Giants 6-3
NFC North – Green Bay 9-0
NFC South – New Orleans 7-3
NFC West – San Francisco 8-1
Wild Card – Chicago 6-3
Wild Card – Detroit 6-3

*#1 & #2 seeds earn a playoff bye week, this would be Green Bay & San Francisco.

*Chicago gets the higher Wild Card seed by virtue of a better conference record.

Who moved up- Giants, Saints, & Bears
Who moved down- Redskins, Buccaneers

— Playoff Matchups —
As it stands right now the Wild Card Weekend playoff matchups would be as follows.
Baltimore at New England
Cincinnati at Oakland
#1 seed Houston – bye week
#2 seed Pittsburgh – bye week

Chicago at NY Giants
Detroit at New Orleans
#1 seed Green Bay – bye week
#2 seed San Francisco – bye week

Obviously with seven weeks to go much can and will change. For example the Bengals play the Ravens this weekend, the winner will earn a huge advantage in the Wild Card race. Other teams that are on the outside looking in might be factors as well, such as Buffalo, NY Jets, Atlanta, & Dallas.

We’ll be watching…

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