NFL Playoffs: Who’s In, Who’s Out?
Seven teams in each conference make the playoffs, which creates some fantastic scenarios as the season wraps up. Looking at the NFC there has been one team that has taken the league by storm: the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles sit atop the NFC at 13-1, while the race for second is between the NFC North leading Vikings, and the San Francisco 49ers. The fourth seed is taken by the NFC South winner, which is a division that has been underwhelming to say the least. Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Bucs sit in fourth currently with a 6-8 record, but the other three teams sit only a game behind them in the division.
It has never been done before, but we could have all four teams from one division make the playoffs. With the recent expansion to seven teams per conference making the playoffs this scenario is now possible. The three wild card spots are all taken by the NFC East teams: Cowboys, Giants, and Commanders, respectively. But don’t count out teams like the Seattle Seahawks—who have had a renaissance season behind unlikely hero Geno Smith at quarterback—and the Detroit Lions—who have been a tear recently after starting the season 1-6.
Meanwhile, the AFC is being led by the usual suspects. The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs take up the top two spots at 11-3 each. NFL fans would love to see a rematch of those two in the playoffs after last year’s all-time classic in the Divisional Round. In the three seed, one game behind the two, are the Cincinnati Bengals who have won six straight! The AFC South winner, whoever it may be, will be significantly worse than the rest of the pack. Right now, it is the Tennessee Titans at 7-7, but the division is still up for grabs. The Baltimore Ravens are in the first Wild Card spot as they anxiously await the return of quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Chargers and Dolphins sit in sixth and seventh, both with an 8-6 record. In the hunt, just a game behind the Wild Card spots, are the Patriots and Jets. The Jacksonville Jaguars at 6-8 but only one game behind the AFC South leading Titans. Should they continue winning don’t be shocked to see Jacksonville host a playoff game as the fourth seed.