AFC

FIRST-ROUND BYES

1st Seed

New England

Proj: 11-5

2nd Seed

Pittsburgh

Proj: 10-6

WILD-CARD GAMES

6th Seed

Houston

Proj: 9-7

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3rd Seed

Denver

Proj: 10-6

5th Seed

Kansas City

Proj: 10-6

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4th Seed

Indianapolis

Proj: 9-7

NFC

FIRST-ROUND BYES

1st Seed

Arizona

Proj: 11-5

2nd Seed

Detroit

Proj: 10-6

WILD-CARD GAMES

6th Seed

Green Bay

Proj: 10-6

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3rd Seed

Philadelphia

Proj: 10-6

5th Seed

San Francisco

Proj: 10-6

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4th Seed

Atlanta

Proj: 8-8

Projected Rankings
Standings and playoff seeds update automatically based on your picks.
AFC
AFC EASTCURPROJ
New England8-211-5
Miami6-49-7
Buffalo5-59-8
NY Jets2-84-13
AFC WESTCURPROJ
Denver7-310-6
Kansas City7-410-6
San Diego6-49-7
Oakland1-103-13
AFC NORTHCURPROJ
Pittsburgh7-410-6
Baltimore6-49-7
Cincinnati6-3-18-7-1
Cleveland6-48-8
AFC SOUTHCURPROJ
Indianapolis6-49-7
Houston5-59-7
Tennessee2-85-11
Jacksonville1-94-12
NFC
NFC EASTCURPROJ
Philadelphia7-310-6
Dallas7-39-7
NY Giants3-76-10
Washington3-76-10
NFC WESTCURPROJ
Arizona9-111-5
San Francisco6-410-6
Seattle6-49-7
St. Louis4-67-9
NFC NORTHCURPROJ
Detroit7-310-6
Green Bay7-310-6
Minnesota4-68-8
Chicago4-68-8
NFC SOUTHCURPROJ
Atlanta4-68-8
New Orleans4-67-9
Carolina3-7-15-10-1
Tampa Bay2-85-11

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