2022 NFL playoff picture: Updated AFC standings, scenarios entering Week 13




 

NFL Playoff Picture: How loss to Vikings impacts Patriots in AFC race originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The New England Patriots easily could have won their Thanksgiving Day game against the Minnesota Vikings, but too many penalties and self-inflicted mistakes cost Bill Belichick's team in a 33-26 loss Thursday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The loss is a tough one for the Patriots, who, as a result, dropped from the No. 6 seed (second wild card) in the AFC standings to outside the playoff picture in eighth place with a 6-5 record. New England also sits in last place in the AFC East division. The Patriots could jump back into a playoff spot by the end of Sunday night, but they need the Cincinnati Bengals or New York Jets to lose.

Patriots Talk: Patriots' chance at upset crushed under avalanche of errors | Listen & Subscribe | Watch on YouTube

The Patriots now have just a 47 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight's predictive model.

The Patriots' schedule doesn't get any easier over the final six weeks. In fact, it gets much tougher. New England will face four teams currently in a playoff spot over its last six games, including two matchups versus the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills.

Here a look at the remainder of the Patriots' regular-season schedule:

Here's a look at the updated AFC playoff picture through Week 12. This story will be updated as more games conclude.

In a Playoff Spot

  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 8-2 (AFC West leader)

  2. Buffalo Bills, 8-3 (AFC East leader)

  3. Tennessee Titans, 7-3 (AFC South leader)

  4. Baltimore Ravens, 7-3 (AFC North leader)

  5. Miami Dolphins, 7-3 (First Wild Card)

  6. Cincinnati Bengals, 6-4 (Second Wild Card)

  7. New York Jets, 6-4 (Third Wild Card)

On the Bubble

8. New England Patriots, 6-5

9. Los Angeles Chargers, 5-5

10. Indianapolis Colts, 4-6-1

COMMENTS

More Related News

Giants
Giants' Kayvon Thibodeaux sparks Twitter beef with 49ers jab

New York Giants rookie LB Kayvon Thibodeaux ignited a Twitter war on Sunday night after taking aim at the San Francisco 49ers.

4 takeaways from Chiefs
4 takeaways from Chiefs' AFC Championship Game win over Bengals

Our @goldmctNFL has his four biggest takeaways from the #Chiefs' AFC title game win over the #Bengals.

Tua Tagovailoa remains in concussion protocol, will not participate in Pro Bowl festivities
Tua Tagovailoa remains in concussion protocol, will not participate in Pro Bowl festivities

Tua Tagovailoa remains in protocol from the Christmas Day concussion he suffered.

Here
Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend

A Memphis police unit was deactivated after Tyre Nichols' death. And two NFL teams will secure Super Bowl berths. It's this weekend's news.

Tyre Nichols killing shows to some cops, even Black ones, Black lives don
Tyre Nichols killing shows to some cops, even Black ones, Black lives don't matter
  • US
  • 2023-01-28 02:34:46Z

Tyre Nichols' deadly beating by Memphis police shows how to some cops, the value of Black life is meaningless. The cruelty won't soon be forgotten.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Football