Last Updated on October 19, 2020
- The Steelers are officially 5-0 after manhandling the division-rival Browns in Week 6.
- The Packers are now a Wild Card team in the NFC after their brutal loss to the Buccaneers.
- Here is how the NFL playoff picture stands after Sunday’s Week 6 matchups.
Week 6 in the NFL was a slate of games to remember, considering the number of surprises fans witnessed.
In what was supposed to be one of the better games of the week, the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers hosted the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers in a matchup that proved just how dominant this Tampa Bay defense is. The Bucs allowed Green Bay to score just 10 points, while Rodgers only threw for 160 yards, zero touchdowns, and two picks. The Packers’ loss paired with the Bears’ 23-16 win over the Panthers has put a 5-1 Chicago team in first place in the NFC North division and second in the NFC standings. Green Bay is now a Wild Card team at No. 5 in the conference, while the Bucs have moved into the No. 3 slot in the NFC and No. 1 slot in the NFC South division.
The Bears only sit behind the Seahawks in the NFC. At 5-0 and coming off a bye week, Seattle is atop the conference as its only undefeated ballclub.
As far as the AFC is concerned, the Steelers and Titans remain the top two teams in the conference, each having notched Week 6 victories to stay undefeated.
In a huge AFC North matchup, the Steelers hosted the 4-1 Browns at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, and despite Cleveland’s success thus far on the year, the Steelers were able to oust their division rivals by a score of 38-7. The Titans, on the other hand, headed to overtime against the Texans but were still able to get the job done behind big performances from running back Derrick Henry and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Henry rushed for 212 yards on 22 carries with a pair of scores on the ground, while Tannehill threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns on 30-of-41 passing in the 42-36 win.
Week 6 isn’t over just yet though, and due to COVID-related schedule changes, we’ll have two games on Monday night. The first one — taking place at 5:00 p.m. ET — has significant implications in regard to the current AFC playoff picture. The 4-1 Chiefs (third place in the conference) take on the 4-1 Bills (fourth place) in Buffalo.
NFC Playoff Picture
- Seahawks (5-0)
- Bears (5-1)
- Buccaneers (4-2)
- Cowboys (2-3)
- Packers (4-1)
- Rams (4-2)
- Saints (3-2)
AFC Playoff Picture
- Steelers (5-0)
- Titans (5-0)
- Chiefs (4-1)
- Bills (4-1)
- Ravens (5-1)
- Browns (4-2)
- Colts (4-2)
A quick reminder that the NFL expanded the number of teams that make the playoffs, adding a wild card team to each conference to bring us to 14 teams total. The No. 1 seed in each conference will get a first-round bye. Then the three division winners will face the three wild card winners (2/7, 3/6, 4/5) in the opening round.