Last Updated on November 30, 2020

  • Both the Seahawks and Eagles can take first place in their respective divisions with a win.
  • The Giants are in first place in the NFC East after beating the Bengals.
  • The Steelers-Ravens game on Tuesday could dramatically change the playoff seeding in the AFC.

The NFL’s playoff picture is starting to take shape now that most of the Week 12 games are over. The Monday Night Football game between the Eagles and the Seahawks could have major playoff implications. Not to mention, the Steelers and Ravens are set to play on Tuesday in a game that could seriously shake up the AFC.

The Seahawks can grab an outright lead in the NFC West with a win on Monday night. Seattle is coming into this game as the heavy favorite, but they have one of the worst defenses in football. It’s safe to say anything is possible in this year’s NFL. Despite their 3-6-1 record, the Eagles are also playing for a chance to grab an outright lead in the division.

The NFC East is the undisputed king of bad divisions this year. Following their win over the Bengals, the Giants are currently the four seed in the NFC with a 4-7 record. After sweeping Washington (4-7) this year, New York has the tiebreaker for the lead in the division. After Washington’s thrashing of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, this is starting to look like a three-horse race.

The NFL has postponed the Week 12 matchup between the Ravens and the Steelers twice already. First, it was pushed back from Thanksgiving to Sunday and then again to Tuesday. In their first meeting, Pittsburgh came back to take down Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Since then, it’s been all downhill for Baltimore. They are currently on the outside of the AFC playoff picture.

If the Ravens can pull off the upset, they will grab the seven seed from the Colts due to the tiebreaker of conference record. Similarly, the Steelers would lose their first-round bye to the Kansas City Chiefs by that same tiebreaker. Pittsburgh has Super Bowl aspirations and that first-round bye is crucial in this year’s expanded playoffs.

As we enter Week 13, the matchup between the Cardinals and Rams is one to watch. Both teams need a win to keep pace in the super-competitive NFC West. The Cardinals are in danger of dropping out of the playoffs entirely with a loss.


AFC Playoff Picture

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) — 1st-round bye
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (10-1) — home wild-card team
  3. Tennessee Titans (8-3) — home wild-card team
  4. Buffalo Bills (8-3) — home wild-card team
  5. Cleveland Browns (8-3) — road wild-card team
  6. Miami Dolphins (7-4) — road wild-card team
  7. Indianapolis Colts (7-4) — road wild-card team

In the hunt: Baltimore Ravens (6-4), Las Vegas Raiders (6-5), New England Patriots (5-6)


NFC Playoff Picture

  1. New Orleans Saints (9-2) — 1st-round bye
  2. Green Bay Packers (8-3) — home wild-card team
  3. Seattle Seahawks (7-3) — home wild-card team
  4. New York Giants (4-7) — home wild-card team
  5. Los Angeles Rams (7-4) — road wild-card team
  6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) — road wild-card team
  7. Arizona Cardinals (6-5) — road wild-card team

In the hunt: Minnesota Vikings (5-6), Chicago Bears (5-6), San Francisco 49ers (5-6), Washington (4-7), Philadelphia Eagles (3-6-1)