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NFL playoff picture 2017: Where teams stand after Week 10

The Eagles and Chiefs were on bye, giving other teams a chance to make up ground.

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Heading into Week 10, the only team that separated itself from the group of teams contending for the playoffs is the Philadelphia Eagles.

With the Eagles on bye — along with the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens — this week was chance for the rest of the teams in the hunt to make up ground.

Here are the standings for each conference after Week 10:

AFC

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2)
  2. New England Patriots (7-2)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)
  4. Tennessee Titans (6-3)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3)
  6. Buffalo Bills (5-4)

It wasn’t the toughest slate of games for the AFC contenders Sunday, but the early games were all close. The Steelers and Titans both earned comeback wins, while the Jaguars went to overtime against the Chargers. The Jacksonville defense came through again to set the team up for its sixth win of the year.

Buffalo wasn’t as lucky and had to face the red-hot Saints. The Bills got routed, which could open the door for other wild card teams soon — just not this week.

The Dolphins were the only ones in striking distance in Week 10 and they lost on Monday night. The tiebreaker would have still belonged to Buffalo even if Miami had won, anyway.

The Patriots also had no problems with the Broncos on Sunday Night Football. New England is still in line for a first-round bye.

NFC

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)
  2. Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
  3. New Orleans Saints (7-2)
  4. Los Angeles Rams (7-2)
  5. Carolina Panthers (7-3)
  6. Seattle Seahawks (6-3)

The Seahawks climbed into the picture Thursday with an important win over the Cardinals, but it was an injury-riddled game that included a season-ending Achilles tear for cornerback Richard Sherman.

With the Eagles on a bye, the focus Sunday was trying to sort out the logjam for the No. 2 seed. The Saints entered the week with the tiebreaker thanks to a better conference record than the Vikings and Rams, even though Minnesota beat New Orleans in Week 1.

The Saints destroyed the Bills, while the Vikings got past a tough challenge from Washington. So the Vikings are back in the No. 2 spot after getting another win over an NFC team.

The Rams cruised in their Week 10 matchup: They dominated the Tom Savage-led Texans.

Another big game was the Falcons’ home game against the Cowboys. Both are still very much in the hunt, and Atlanta’s win has the team inching closer to a wild card spot.

Carolina jumped over the Seahawks for the No. 5 spot with a big 45-21 win over the Dolphins on Monday Night Football.


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