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With the first three games of Week 12 in the books, the 2022 NFL playoff flee remains wide open.
The Buffalo Payments, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings had been all victorious on Thanksgiving, bolstering their postseason hopes in the process.
NFL Playoff Standings
- Kansas City Chiefs, 8-2 (1st in AFC West)
- Buffalo Payments, 8-3 (1st in AFC East)
- Tennessee Titans, 7-3 (1st in AFC South)
- Baltimore Ravens, 7-3 (1st in AFC North)
- Miami Dolphins, 7-3 (wild card)
- Cincinnati Bengals, 6-4 (wild card)
- Original York Jets, 6-4 (wild card)
- Original England Patriots, 6-5
- Los Angeles Chargers, 5-5
- Indianapolis Colts, 4-6-1
- Jacksonville Jaguars, 3-7
- Las Vegas Raiders, 3-7
- Cleveland Browns, 3-7
- Denver Broncos 3-7
- Pittsburgh Steelers, 3-7
- Houston Texans, 1-8-1
- Philadelphia Eagles, 9-1 (1st in NFC East)
- Minnesota Vikings, 9-2 (1st in NFC North)
- San Francisco 49ers, 6-4 (1st in NFC West)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 5-5 (1st in NFC South)
- Dallas Cowboys, 8-3 (wild card)
- Original York Giants, 7-4 (wild card)
- Seattle Seahawks, 6-4 (wild card)
- Washington Commanders, 6-5
- Atlanta Falcons, 5-6
- Detroit Lions, 4-7
- Green Bay Packers, 4-7
- Arizona Cardinals, 4-7
- Original Orleans Saints, 4-7
- Los Angeles Rams, 3-7
- Carolina Panthers, 3-8
- Chicago Bears, 3-8
With the standings serene so tightly packed, no crew has a route to clinching a playoff berth this week. Gaining separation could well instead be the theme for the postseason contenders.
The Payments and Cowboys are two top examples.
Buffalo is now a half-game sooner than the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East after Tyler Bass’ 45-yard enviornment aim sealed a 28-25 tackle over the Detroit Lions.
Most certainly more consequential, Dallas has a one-game abet over the Original York Giants for 2nd role in the NFC East and claimed the top-to-head tiebreaker with Thursday’s 28-20 victory.
The absence of one plod title well-liked is some of the many subject issues of this season. Fans at all times build a matter to of a level of parity, but there are in most cases one or two groups that separate themselves from the leisure.
The Cowboys represent that style. They operate no longer seem like even leading their division, but they’re some of the NFL’s freshest groups.
Bob Sturm @SportsSturm
For the reason that return of Dak Prescott to the Cowboys, they’re ranked 1st in all the NFL in parts, 1st in third downs, and 1st in parts per force.
Matt Owen @ProfessorO_NFL
The Cowboys have the strongest SOV(strength of victory) in the NFC.
The Kansas City Chiefs can have something to boom about that.
Kansas City, which has the AFC’s very most life like sage at 8-2, hosts a Los Angeles Rams squad that will possible be initiating Bryce Perkins at quarterback in role of an injured Matthew Stafford. This could be ironic if this yr ends with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs reaching the Tremendous Bowl—the most predictable consequence possible, even supposing Tyreek Hill’s exit presented a fresh variable in the typical formula.
Elsewhere in the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens will appreciate to develop some breathing contrivance on the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Ravens hit the twin carriageway to play the Jacksonville Jaguars, who’ve misplaced six of their final seven. The Bengals face off with the Tennessee Titans in a rematch of the 2022 divisional round. Baltimore can have a two-game lead for the AFC North lead when the dirt clears in Week 12.
Within the NFC North, the Vikings could well build one hand on the division title.
The Green Bay Packers hump to purchase on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. A loss there would tackle the five-game cushion Minnesota built by taking down Original England.
The Packers and Lions serene can have a mathematical probability of catching the Vikings, but it absolutely’s engrossing to image either in fact doing so.