NFL standings: Updated AFC, NFC playoff picture for Week 13 of 2023 season

The NFL playoff race is heating up as the calendar flips to December, the penultimate month of the 2023 regular season. With only six weeks of games left through Week 18, 14 teams are looking to position themselves well as either division leaders or wild-card hopefuls.

Although there are some dominant teams headed to a return to the playoffs, most scenarios are in flux with seeding and potential entrants. Here’s a look at the updated NFL playoff picture during a 13-game slate with six teams on bye in Week 13:

POWER RANKINGS: Cowboys, Ravens rise; Lions, Browns drop thanks to revived Broncos, Packers

NFL standings for Week 13

AFC playoff picture

1.. Miami Dolphins (9-3), first place, AFC East. The Dolphins matched the Ravens’ record in their dominant road victory at the Commanders. For now they have the conference record tiebreaker to jump into this spot. With beating Washington, they opened up a 3-game division lead on the idle Bills.

2. Baltimore Ravens (9-3), first place, AFC North. The Ravens went into their bye with a half-game lead for home-field advantage and the lone playoff bye, over three teams right behind them. The tiebreakers, however, will shake things up a bit depending on which of two favored teams, the Chiefs and Jaguars, join the Dolphins in winning in separate matchups. The Ravens also lead the Steelers by 1.5 games in the division.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-3), first place, AFC West. The Chiefs have wins over the Jaguars and Dolphins to help them in the tiebreakers. They will win the division again and push for No. 1. They travel to the Packers in Week 13 looking to keep pace with at least the Dolphins and Ravens.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-3), first place, AFC South. The Jaguars have saw their division lead over the Colts and Texans fall to 1.5 games with both of those teams winning on Sunday. The Jaguars will try to push it back up to 2 games with five games left to play vs. the Bengals on Monday.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4), second place, AFC North. The Steelers can move within a game of the Ravens in the division race with a win over the Cardinals. They beat the Ravens at home in Week 5, so the division might come down to a game at Baltimore in Week 18.

6. Cleveland Browns (7-4), third place, AFC North. The Browns are turning QB over to former Ravens nemesis Joe Flacco hoping not to fade from the playoff picture behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh. They need to beat the Rams on the road first.

7. Indianapolis Colts (7-5) second place, AFC South. The Colts kept up their surprise playoff momentum, still with a head-to-head tiebreaker ahead of the Texans, with a win over the Titans in Tennessee in Week 13. The Colts don’t have a rematch with the Texans until Week 18 in Indianapolis.

Who’s in the hunt?

8. Houston Texans (7-5)

9. Denver Broncos (6-6)

10. Buffalo Bills (6-6)

11. Cincinnati Bengals (5-6)

12. Las Vegas Raiders (5-7)

13. Los Angeles Chargers (5-8)

14. Tennessee Titans (4-8)

15. New York Jets (4-8)

The Texans beat the Broncos Houston in a key wild-card determining matchup in Week 13. The Bills and Raiders are off to regroup for a run, while the Bengals are hanging on by a thread with no Joe Burrow. The Chargers won on the road at the Patriots to maintain a playoff pulse, but the Titans and Jets lose close games at home.

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NFC playoff picture

1. Philadelphia Eagles (10-1), first place, NFC East. The Eagles can clinch at least a wild-card playoff with a win or tie over the 49ers plus some help from the 5-6 teams flopping in Week 13. They are on track for the top seed, home-field advantage and lone bye should they beat the 49ers. But they also now their division lead over the Cowboys is down to 1.5 games ahead of facing that team in Dallas in Week 14.

2. Detroit Lions (9-3), first place, NFC North. The Lions are still in great shape to win the division with a 3-game lead over the Vikings and a 3.5-game lead over the Packers after beating the Saints in New Orleans in Week 13. But they’re looking more like the No. 2 seed will be their ceiling.

3. San Francisco 49ers (8-3), first place, NFC West. The 49ers need to beat the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday to have a real shot at gaining the No. 1 seed, given they are two games down with six left to play. They also want to stay ahead of the Lions in seeding.

4. Atlanta Falcons (6-6), first place, NFC South. The Falcons are in control of the NFL’s weakest division thanks to beating the Saints and earning the head-to-head tiebreaker in Week 12. They got to .500 and increased their lead to a full game by beating the Jets in Week 13.

5. Dallas Cowboys (9-3), second place, NFC East. The Cowboys opened Week 13 by rallying to beat the Seahawks on Thursday night, keeping the heat on the Eagles ahead of them before hosting that team in Dallas in Week 14. They can finish No. 1, No, 2 or No. 3 if they win the division and are locked into No. 5 again otherwise.

6. Minnesota Vikings (6-6), second place, NFC North. The Vikings jumped up a spot during their bye with the Seahawks losing on Thursday night to match their record on Thursday night. They have the tiebreaker based on conference record. They are up a half-game on the Packers, Rams and Saints.

7. Seattle Seahawks (6-6), second place, NFC West. The Seahawks dropped a spot and can go down out of the third and final wild-card depending on what the Packers, Rams and Saints do behind them.

Who’s in the hunt?

8. Green Bay Packers (5-6)

9. Los Angeles Rams (5-6)

10. New Orleans Saints (5-7)

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)

12. New York Giants (4-8)

13. Chicago Bears (4-8)

14. Washington Commanders (4-9)

The Packers and Rams are the best wild-card bets here now, while the Saints and Buccaneers will still have their sights on making the playoffs via still winning the weak South over the Falcons.

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