Image from the 2022-23 NFL Playoffs: AFC and NFC standings update after Week 11 SNF

Image from the 2022-23 NFL Playoffs: AFC and NFC standings update after Week 11 SNF

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 20: Damien Harris #37 of the New England Patriots carries the ball against the New York Jets during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

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We’re past the midpoint of the 2022 NFL season, and the playoff picture is starting to take shape, though there could be a lot of movement by the time Week 17 rolls around.

Week 11 saw some exciting action, and it started with the Tennessee Titans beating the Green Bay Packers 27-17 on Thursday night football. The win took the Titans to 7-3 on the season, which is good for the AFC’s third seed. The Packers, meanwhile, dropped further out of the NFC Playoffs with a 4-7 record.

Sunday’s slate was marked by the New England Patriots beating the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions beating the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints beating the Los Angeles Rams.

With their losses, the Giants fell to 7-3, the Rams to 3-7 and the Jets to 6-4.

There are even more games to come, but let’s take a look at the current playoff picture:

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  1. Kansas City Chiefs: 8-2
  2. Miami Dolphins: 7-3
  3. Tennessee Titans: 7-3
  4. Baltimore Ravens: 7-3
  5. Buffalo Bills: 7-3
  6. New England Patriots: 6-4
  7. Cincinnati Bengals: 6-4
  8. New York Jets: 6-4
  9. Los Angeles Chargers: 5-5
  10. Indianapolis Colts: 4-6-1
  11. Jacksonville Jaguars: 3-7
  12. Las Vegas Raiders: 3-7
  13. Cleveland Browns: 3-7
  14. Denver Broncos: 3-7
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers: 3-7
  16. Houston Texans: 1-8-1

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  1. Philadelphia Eagles: 9-1
  2. Minnesota Vikings: 8-2
  3. Seattle Seahawks: 6-4
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5-5
  5. Dallas Cowboys: 7-3
  6. New York Giants: 7-3
  7. San Francisco 49ers: 5-4
  8. Washington Commanders: 6-5
  9. Atlanta Falcons: 5-6
  10. Detroit Lions: 4-6
  11. Arizona Cardinals: 4-6
  12. Green Bay Packers: 4-7
  13. New Orleans Saints: 4-7
  14. Los Angeles Rams: 3-7
  15. Carolina Panthers: 3-8
  16. Chicago Bears: 3-8

The Giants were hampered by the Lions 31-18 on Sunday as quarterback Daniel Jones completed 27 of 44 passes for 341 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions.

Star running back Saquon Barkley also had a disappointing performance, rushing for just 22 yards on 15 carries. Equally important was New York’s defense, allowing Lions running back Jamaal Williams to rush for 64 yards and three scores.

The Lions totaled 325 yards of offense in Sunday’s win.

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That said, the G-Men received a lot of blame for not picking up another wide receiver by the trade deadline, and the team’s problems in the passing game only became more apparent as they have dropped their second game in their last three outings.

The Giants are still solidly positioned in the playoffs, but they risk losing that position if they don’t turn things around in Week 12 and beyond. They have some tough matchups ahead, including meetings with the Cowboys and Vikings and two matchups with the Eagles.

The Los Angeles Rams arguably had a more disappointing performance on Sunday, as they fell to the New Orleans Saints 27-20. LA also lost starting quarterback Matthew Stafford to injury during the game.

Stafford completed 11 of 18 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns before going out. His replacement, Bryce Perkins, completed five of 10 passes for just 64 yards in relief.

LA’s loss made it 3-7 this season, and there is now little hope for the defending champions to make the playoffs.

As for the AFC, the Patriots and Jets put on one of the lackluster games of the season, but New England came away with a 10-3 win thanks to a punt return touchdown from Marcus Jones. with five seconds left in the fourth quarter.



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It was an important game for both teams as the Patriots now own the tiebreaker over the Jets thanks to a season sweep of the two teams meeting. New England’s victory helped them move to 6-4 and enter the AFC playoff table as the No. 6 seed.

The Patriots still have a tough schedule with games against the Vikings, Miami Dolphins and two meetings with the Buffalo Bills. How New England fare in those remaining games will significantly determine whether or not they can stay in the playoff draw.

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