NFL Playoff Picture 2022-23: Standings, Scenarios After Bills, Cowboys, Vikings Wins | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 24: Peyton Hendershot #89 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Jake Ferguson #87 and Dalton Schultz #86 during the second half of the game against the New York Giants on November 24, 2022 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.  , Texas.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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With the first three games of Week 12 in the books, the 2022 NFL playoff race remains wide open.

The Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings all solidified their postseason hopes with wins on Thanksgiving Day.

NFL playoff schedule


  1. Kansas City Chiefs, 8-2 (1st in AFC West)
  2. Buffalo Bills, 8-3 (1st in AFC East)
  3. Tennessee Titans, 7-3 (AFC South 1st)
  4. Baltimore Ravens, 7-3 (AFC North 1st)
  5. Miami Dolphins, 7-3 (wild card)
  6. Cincinnati Bengals, 6-4 (wild card)
  7. New York Jets, 6-4 (wild card)
  8. New England Patriots, 6-5
  9. Los Angeles Chargers, 5-5
  10. Indianapolis Colts, 4-6-1
  11. Jacksonville Jaguars, 3-7
  12. Las Vegas Raiders, 3-7
  13. Cleveland Browns, 3-7
  14. The Denver Broncos are 3-7
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers, 3-7
  16. Houston Texans, 1-8-1


  1. Philadelphia Eagles, 9-1 (1st in NFC East)
  2. Minnesota Vikings, 9-2 (1st in NFC North)
  3. San Francisco 49ers, 6-4 (NFC West 1st)
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 5-5 (1st in NFC South)
  5. Dallas Cowboys, 8-3 (wild card)
  6. New York Giants, 7-4 (wild card)
  7. Seattle Seahawks, 6-4 (wild card)
  8. Washington Commanders, 6-5
  9. Atlanta Falcons, 5-6
  10. Detroit Lions, 4-7
  11. Green Bay Packers, 4-7
  12. Arizona Cardinals, 4-7
  13. New Orleans Saints, 4-7
  14. Los Angeles Rams, 3-7
  15. Carolina Panthers, 3-8
  16. Chicago Bears, 3-8

With the tournament still tight, no team has a chance to clinch a playoff spot this week. Divorce may instead be the subject of postseason contenders.

The Bills and Cowboys are two prime examples.

Buffalo is a half-game ahead of the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East after Tyler Bass’ 45-yard field goal beat the Detroit Lions 28-25.

Perhaps more consequentially, Dallas moved into a one-game lead over the New York Giants for second place in the NFC East and won the tiebreaker with a 28-20 win on Thursday.

The lack of one clear favorite is one of the themes of this season. Fans always expect a level of balance, but there are usually one or two teams that stand out from the rest.

Cowboys epitomize this trend. They don’t even lead their division, but they are one of the hottest teams in the NFL.

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Since Dak Prescott returned to the Cowboys, they are 1st in the entire NFL in scoring, 1st in 3rd downs and 1st in points per drive.

Kansas City executives may have something to say about that.

Kansas City, which has the best record in the AFC at 8-2, has the Los Angeles Rams starting Bryce Perkins at quarterback in place of the injured Matthew Stafford. It would be surprising if this year ends with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs reaching the Super Bowl โ€” the most predictable outcome imaginable, even if Tyreek Hill’s exit represents a new variable in the usual formula.

Elsewhere in the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens will try to create some breathing space on the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Ravens travel to play the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have lost six of their last seven games. The Bengals will face the Tennessee Titans in a rematch of the 2022 divisional round. Baltimore could have a two-game lead in the AFC North when the dust settles in Week 12.

In the NFC North, the Vikings can put one hand on the division title.

The Green Bay Packers travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. A loss there would preserve the five-game cushion Minnesota built by knocking off New England.

The Packers and Lions may still have a mathematical chance of catching the Vikings, but it’s hard to imagine that happening in practice.


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