NFL Playoff Scenarios 2022-23: Standings, Matchups to Watch in Week 13 | News, scores, highlights, stats and rumours

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The NFL playoffs are fast approaching and teams continue to solidify their position in the postseason race.

Here’s a look at the playoff picture as we turn the page to Week 13, as well as some intriguing matchups to watch.


NFC

1.Philadelphia Eagles, 10-1

2. Minnesota Vikings, 9-2

3. San Francisco 49es, 7-4

4.Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 5-6

5. Dallas Cowboys, 8-3

6. New York Giants, 7-4

7. Washington Commanders, 7-5

8.Seattle Seahawks, 6-5

9. Atlanta Falcons, 5-7

10.Detroit Lions, 4-7

11. Green Bay Packers, 4-8

12. Carolina Panthers, 4-8

13. Arizona Cardinals, 4-8

14.New Orleans Saints, 4-8

15. Los Angeles Rams, 3-8

16.Chicago Bears, 3-9


AFC

1. Kansas City Chiefs, 9-2

2. Miami Dolphins, 8-3

3. Tennessee Titans, 7-4

4. Baltimore Ravens, 7-4

5. Buffalo Bills, 8-3

6. Cincinnati Bengal, 7-4

7. New York Jets, 7-4

8. New England Patriots, 6-5

9. Los Angeles Chargers, 6-5

10. Indianapolis Colts, 4-7-1

11.Jacksonville Jaguars, 4-7

12. Las Vegas Raiders, 4-7

13. Cleveland Browns, 4-7

14. Pittsburgh Steelers, 3-7

15.Denver Broncos, 3-8

16. Houston Texans, 1-9-1


Projected NFC matchups

Goodbye: Philadelphia Eagles

(2) Minnesota Vikings vs. (7) Washington Commanders

(3) San Francisco 49ers vs. (6) New York Giants

(4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. (5) Dallas Cowboys


Projected AFC Matchups

Goodbye: Kansas City Chiefs

(2) Miami Dolphins vs. (7) New York Jets

(3) Tennessee Titans vs. (6) Cincinnati Bengals

(4) Baltimore Ravens vs. (5) Buffalo Bills


Week 13 is packed with multiple interconference matchups that could affect the playoff picture. The most interesting game pits the two most popular teams in the AFC and NFC against each other.

The Miami Dolphins will face the San Francisco 49ers, who have won their last four games, on Sunday with a five-game winning streak. The Dolphins are second in the AFC thanks to their tiebreaker over the Buffalo Bills, who face the New England Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

A win by Buffalo puts tremendous pressure on Miami to triumph this week so it doesn’t drop in the standings. However, that’s easier said than done against a San Francisco defense that has held its last four opponents under 20 points. The Dolphins have scored over 30 points in their last four appearances, making it the most intriguing game of all time.

Miami’s AFC East rival also faces an exciting game against an NFC powerhouse as the New York Jets will visit the second-ranked Minnesota Vikings. New York climbed back into the playoffs with a magical performance from quarterback Mike White in a dominating victory over the Chicago Bears, but things won’t be so easy against the Vikings.

Minnesota bounced back from a big loss to the Dallas Cowboys with a 33-26 victory over New England on Thanksgiving Day. The Vikings’ offense against the Jets leads to a powerful offense against one of the best defenses in the league, culminating in a game between Minnesota star receiver Justin Jefferson and New York star rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner.

The NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles will face the AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans, who will try to get back in the winning streak after losing 20-16 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Tennessee’s stout defense will be tested by Philadelphia’s rushing offense led by dual-threat quarterback and MVP candidate Jalen Hurts.

A division game worth watching is the Washington Commanders taking on the New York Giants. All four NFC East teams would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, so every win is crucial.

Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs will face the Bengals in a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship. The Chiefs have held on tight to first place in the AFC, but Cincinnati clicks at the right time with wins in five of its last six games.

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