NFL American Football Week 10 is done, meaning there are only two months left in 2020 NFL regular season. Every win becomes more important in trying to lock down division titles or wild-card berths to get into the playoffs. The postseason field expanding by one team each in the AFC and the NFC to a total of 14 has brought more teams into realistic contention over the final eight weeks. Based on the current standings, here's an updated look at what each conference tournament would look like if the playoffs started now: NFL MOCK DRAFT 2021:
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Week 10 is done, meaning there are only two months left in 2020 NFL regular season. Every win becomes more important in trying to lock down division titles or wild-card berths to get into the playoffs.
The postseason field expanding by one team each in the AFC and the NFC to a total of 14 has brought more teams into realistic contention over the final eight weeks. Based on the current standings, here's an updated look at what each conference tournament would look like if the playoffs started now:
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AFC playoff picture
Who would be in?
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-0), first place, AFC North. The Steelers survived the Cowboys in an AFC-NFC matchup to stay undefeated in Week 9. They extended their lead for the lone bye and home-field advantage to a full game over the Chiefs by beating the Bengals in Week 10.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1), first place, AFC West. The Chiefs get a well-deserved bye before a tough closing schedule. They start by playing the Raiders, to whom they lost, on the road. The Chiefs also will travel to the Buccaneers, Saints and Dolphins. It will probably come down to the wire for the No. 1 seed between them and the Steelers.
3. Buffalo Bills (7-3), first place, AFC East. The Bills got a big interconference win over the Seahawks but fell short of another against the Cardinals. They lead the Dolphins by a half-game and the Patriots by 2 1/2 games. They did lose to the Chiefs and Titans, which will hurt their seeding as likely division champions. They also get a shot at the Steelers at home in Week 14.
4. Indianapolis Colts (6-3), first place, AFC South. The Colts took over this spot from the Titans by beating them on Thursday night and gaining a head-to-head tiebreaker. They needed to jump here coming off a loss to the Ravens, having already lost to the Browns and having the Raiders still left on the slate. Now they can concentrate on winning the division with four more South games still left. Those will offset brutal upcoming matchups with the Packers and Steelers.
5. Las Vegas Raiders (6-3), second place, AFC West. The Raiders jumped up here after ripping the Broncos. They have a better conference record (4-2) than the Ravens, Browns, Dolphins and Titans coming out of Week 10. They beat the Browns and also get shots at home against the Colts (Week 14) and Dolphins (Week 16) in December.
6. MIami Dolphins (6-3), second place, AFC East. The Dolphins have this second wild-card spot after another big AFC win against the Chargers, as their conference record (3-2) edges out the Ravens (4-3), Browns (4-3) and Titans (4-3). The Dolphins play the Raiders later but do not play the Browns or Titans.
7. Baltimore Ravens (6-3), second place, AFC North. The Ravens are now three full games behind the Steelers plus the initial head-to-head tiebreaker. But they have key wins over the Browns and Colts in trying to secure at least the last wild card. They play the Titans next week and still have rematches with the Steelers and Browns, but they do not play the Raiders or Dolphins.
Who can get there?
8. Cleveland Browns (6-3)
9. Tennessee Titans (6-3)
These two teams fell out of position in Week 10 when the Colts, Raiders and Dolphins all won. The Browns lost to the Raiders but beat the Colts and they draw the Titans in Week 13. The Titans have gone 1-3 after a strong 5-0 start to fall behind the Ravens and the rest, right before going to Baltimore to play them and then having a rematch at the Colts to follow up their Week 10 loss. The Browns come to Nashville later.
Who's likely out?
10. New England Patriots (4-5)
11. Denver Broncos (3-6)
12. Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1)
13. Los Angeles Chargers (2-7)
14. Houston Texans (2-7)
15. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)
16. New York Jets (0-9)
The grouping of six solid 6-3 teams doesn't bode well for the victorious Patriots or losing Broncos, both with very tough schedules ahead. The Bengals have three games against the bottom of the NFC East, but another Steelers date and one with the Dolphins counters that. The Chargers can keep thinking about what might have been with all their close losses, while the Texans have dug themselves too deep of a hole. The Jets can focus on edging the Jaguars for the No. 1 pick in the draft.
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NFC playoff picture
Who would be in?
1. Green Bay Packers (7-2), first place, NFC North. The Packers hold a two-game lead over the Bears, who are fading and whom the Packers get to play twice. They should root for Seahawks and Buccaneers to fade so they can work to keep home-field advantage over the Saints, whom they beat in New Orleans in Week 3.
2. New Orleans Saints (7-2), first place, NFC South. The Saints' sparkling conference record (now 6-1)