Last Updated on November 9, 2020

  • After a blowout victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football, the Saints are now the leaders of the NFC South division and the No. 3 seed in the conference.
  • Having defeated the Cardinals by a score of 34-31 on Sunday, Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins are now in the playoff picture as the AFC’s No. 7 seed.
  • Here is how the NFL playoff picture stands after Sunday’s Week 9 matchups.

 

The NFL Week 9 Sunday slate of games has come and gone, and amid a number of great finishes, the playoff picture for either conference is now altered.

In a battle between two young quarterbacks in Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa and Arizona’s Kyler Murray, the Dolphins ousted the Cardinals 34-31 and moved into the playoff picture at 5-3. The Raiders additionally now find themselves in the AFC’s playoff picture after a win over the division-rival Chargers and are the No. 6 seed at 5-3. Miami and Las Vegas respectively replace the Browns and Colts in the standings.

 

The Saints moved from a wild-card team to the NFC South leader and conference’s No. 3 seed after a blowout win over the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers on Sunday night. Behind 222 yards passing and four touchdowns from Drew Brees, the Saints defeated their division rivals on the road by a score of 38-3. New Orleans is now 6-2 and has swept the season series with the Bucs, having also won the Week 1 meeting 34-23.

Tampa Bay has moved down from the No. 2 spot in the NFC to the No. 5 seed, sitting at 6-3 ahead of Week 10. Green Bay thus moves from the No. 3 spot in the NFC up to No. 2 after its Thursday night victory over the 49ers.

 

And finally, despite losing their second game in three weeks (this time at the hands of the Bills), the Seahawks remain the No. 1 seed in the NFC at 6-2. Things could change though, considering their next three games are against the Rams, Cardinals, and Eagles, teams that are all in the NFC playoff picture at the moment. The Cardinals gave the Seahawks their first loss of the year back in Week 7.

 

AFC Playoff Picture

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0) — 1st-round bye
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) — home wild-card team
  3. Buffalo Bills (7-2) — home wild-card team
  4. Tennessee Titans (6-2) — home wild-card team
  5. Baltimore Ravens (6-2) — road wild-card team
  6. Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) — road wild-card team
  7. Miami Dolphins (5-3) — road wild-card team

In the hunt: Cleveland Browns (5-3), Indianapolis Colts (5-3), Denver Broncos (3-5)

 

NFC Playoff Picture

  1. Seattle Seahawks (6-2) — 1st-round bye
  2. Green Bay Packers (6-2) — home wild-card team
  3. New Orleans Saints (6-2) — home wild-card team
  4. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1) — home wild-card team
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) — road wild-card team
  6. Arizona Cardinals (5-3) — road wild-card team
  7. Los Angeles Rams (5-3) — road wild-card team

In the hunt: Chicago Bears (5-4), San Francisco 49ers (4-5), Minnesota Vikings (3-5), Detroit Lions (3-5)

 

Ryan is an experienced sports writer and editor, who's mainly covered the New York Giants and the NFL for Elite Sports NY.He additionally has his own podcast titled "Wide Right Podcast," which is available on all major platforms.