AFC

FIRST-ROUND BYES

1st Seed

New England

Proj: 12-3

2nd Seed

Denver

Proj: 11-4

WILD-CARD GAMES

6th Seed

San Diego

Proj: 9-6

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3rd Seed

Cincinnati

Proj: 10-4-1

5th Seed

Pittsburgh

Proj: 10-5

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4th Seed

Indianapolis

Proj: 10-5

Current Playoff Picture

NFC

FIRST-ROUND BYES

1st Seed

Seattle

Proj: 11-4

2nd Seed

Detroit

Proj: 11-4

WILD-CARD GAMES

6th Seed

Arizona

Proj: 11-4

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3rd Seed

Dallas

Proj: 11-4

5th Seed

Green Bay

Proj: 11-4

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4th Seed

Carolina

Proj: 6-8-1

Projected Rankings
Standings and playoff seeds update automatically based on your picks.
AFC
AFC EASTCURPROJ
New England12-312-3
Miami8-78-7
Buffalo8-78-7
NY Jets3-123-12
AFC WESTCURPROJ
Denver11-411-4
San Diego9-69-6
Kansas City8-78-7
Oakland3-123-12
AFC NORTHCURPROJ
Cincinnati10-4-110-4-1
Pittsburgh10-510-5
Baltimore9-69-6
Cleveland7-87-8
AFC SOUTHCURPROJ
Indianapolis10-510-5
Houston8-78-7
Jacksonville3-123-12
Tennessee2-132-13
NFC
NFC EASTCURPROJ
Dallas11-411-4
Philadelphia9-69-6
NY Giants6-96-9
Washington4-114-11
NFC WESTCURPROJ
Seattle11-411-4
Arizona11-411-4
San Francisco7-87-8
St. Louis6-96-9
NFC NORTHCURPROJ
Detroit11-411-4
Green Bay11-411-4
Minnesota6-96-9
Chicago5-105-10
NFC SOUTHCURPROJ
Carolina6-8-16-8-1
Atlanta6-96-9
New Orleans6-96-9
Tampa Bay2-132-13

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NFC Tiebreakers

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