What’s the NFL playoff image trying like after the Thursday sport of Week 15? Who improved their positions and seeding with constructive outcomes, and who’s headed within the incorrect route throughout the stretch run?

This is the NFL playoff image replace with fewer than three weeks left within the 2018 common season.

MORE: NFL standings | Week 14 scoreboard

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AFC

Who can be in:

1. Chiefs (11-3), first in AFC West

The Chiefs missed their likelihood to clinch the division after blowing the two-touchdown lead towards the Chargers at dwelling on Thursday night time. They’ve the division document tiebreaker and nonetheless management each the West and the race for the No. 1 seed, however additionally they have a troublesome sport towards the red-hot Seahawks on the highway subsequent week they now should win. What’s left: at SEA, vs. OAK

2. Patriots (9-4), first in AFC East

The Patriots snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they let the Dolphins change into sharks in one more irritating highway setback, their fourth of the season. They want the AFC playoffs to undergo New England now greater than ever. In addition they want to fret about dropping their bye with a troublesome journey to Pittsburgh subsequent week. What’s left: at PIT, vs. BUF, vs. NYJ

3. Texans (9-4), first in AFC South

The Texans noticed their nine-game successful streak finish at dwelling towards the Colts, the workforce towards which it started. With that consequence, Houston blew a giant likelihood to place the division all however out of attain and bounce the New England, too. What’s left: at NYJ, at PHI, vs. JAX

4. Steelers (7-5-1), first in AFC North

The Steelers have now misplaced three straight video games after falling late towards the Raiders, with 4 of their 5 losses coming towards your complete AFC West. They blew probabilities to make floor on each the Patriots and Texans, they usually did not create some separation from the Ravens within the division race. They are going to discover it arduous to get again on observe with the Patriots and Saints subsequent on the schedule. What’s left: vs. NE, at NO, vs. CIN

5. Chargers (11-3), wild card

The Chargers, who clinched a playoff spot, are nonetheless down right here regardless of the wonderful comeback win towards the Chiefs at Arrowhead on Thursday as a result of they’ve misplaced twice within the division to the Chiefs and Broncos in Los Angeles. They are going to hope they’ll end a sport forward over the ultimate two weeks, and with it, additionally steal dwelling subject. What’s left: vs. BAL, at DEN

6. Ravens (7-6), wild card

The Ravens misplaced in Kansas Metropolis whereas the Titans, Colts and Dolphins all received to match their document. Baltimore misplaced its full-game lead for this spot however nonetheless holds the tiebreaker with its good convention play. The 4 groups’ schedules are about even, so something can occur within the ultimate three video games. What’s left: vs. TB, at LAC, vs. CLE

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Who’s knocking on the door:
7. Dolphins (7-6)
8. Colts (7-6)
9. Titans (7-6)
10. Broncos (6-7)
11. Browns (5-7-1)

The Dolphins and Titans have had admirable seasons with ever-changing identities, however the Colts, armed with Andrew Luck and an overachieving protection, are essentially the most harmful ought to they get in over the Ravens. The Broncos failed to hitch that group in getting upset by the 49ers.

Who’s nearly out:
12. Bengals (5-8)

The Bengals, who as soon as appeared good for an AFC wild-card spot, are alive by arithmetic solely.

Who’s out:
13. Payments (4-9)
14. Jaguars (4-9)
15. Jets (4-9)
16. Raiders (3-10)

The Raiders performed spectacular spoiler towards the Steelers however within the course of hampered their probabilities for the No. 1 total draft choose in 2019.

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NFC

Who can be in:

1. Saints (11-2), NFC South champions

The Saints had a tough begin in Tampa Bay however obtained their groove again in time to clinch the division, additional stamped by the Panthers, their subsequent opponent, dropping. Within the course of, the Saints additionally jumped again over the Rams within the race for home-field benefit. Now they end with two of the coldest contenders in league of their ultimate three video games. What’s left: at CAR, vs. PIT, vs. CAR

2. Rams (11-2), NFC West champions

The Rams have taken care of the division, however after dropping to the Bears on Sunday night time, they fell behind the victorious Saints, towards whom they suffered their different loss. They’re, nonetheless, nicely positioned to win out and hold the stress on New Orleans. What’s left: vs. PHI, at ARI, vs. SF

3. Bears (9-4), first in NFC North

The Bears are a protracted shot to complete anyplace aside from No. Three or No. Four as possible North champions (they only have to win yet one more sport), however they saved some hope alive for a bye by beating the Rams and likewise conserving the surging Cowboys behind them. What’s left: vs. GB, at SF, at MIN

4. Cowboys (8-5), first in NFC East

The Cowboys opened a full two-game lead within the division with an extra time win over the Eagles, additionally for the season sweep. The remaining schedule says they need to no less than maintain down the East title and this seed at worst, with an opportunity to leap the Bears. What’s left: at IND, vs. TB, at NYG

5. Seahawks (8-5), wild card

The Seahawks sit fairly with a potential two-game cushion for a wild card after beating the Vikings on Monday night time. They cannot win the West, however they’ll clinch a playoff spot by beating the 49ers in Week 15. What’s left: at SF, vs, KC, vs. ARI

6. Vikings (6-6-1), wild card

The Vikings keep right here regardless of dropping to the Seahawks on Monday night time as a result of the three groups behind them misplaced. They should win no less than two of their ultimate three video games to be ok with making the sector once more. What’s left: vs. MIA, at DET, vs. CHI

Who’s knocking on the door:
7. Redskins (6-7)
8. Panthers (6-7)
9. Eagles (6-7)

These three groups hold going within the incorrect route to make everybody forward of them really feel extra comfy. The Redskins have misplaced 4 straight video games, and the Panthers have misplaced 5 straight video games.

Who’s nearly out:
10. Packers (5-7-1)
11. Buccaneers (5-8)
12. Lions (5-8)
13. Giants (5-8)
14. Falcons (4-9)

Credit score the Packers for taking part in arduous for interim coach Joe Philbin, and the Giants and Lions for saving some face for first-year coaches Pat Shurmur and Matt Patricia with wins on Sunday.

Who’s out:
15. Cardinals (3-10)
16. 49ers (3-10)

The 49ers performed spectacular spoiler towards the Broncos however within the course of hampered their probabilities for the No. 1 total draft choose in 2019. The Cardinals at the moment are again within the operating for that choice.

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