Pro Football Hall of Fame President: What is the state of football in America?
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Pro Football Hall of Fame President: What is the state of football in America?

As the 2016 NFL season grinds through its second half and Super Bowl LI gets closer and closer, only a few teams have separated themselves as true contenders, which leaves plenty of middling teams jostling for playoff position. And after a few surprising results in Week 13, there’s plenty of shuffling ahead down the stretch. If the playoffs started today, which teams would be in, and which teams would be on the bubble? Here’s how the playoff seeds shake out, plus a breakdown of the teams on the outside looking in at the end of Week 13. The asterisk * indicates the team has clinched a playoff berth.


  • 1
    1oakland raiders
    record: 10–2 (AFC: 7–1)
    AFC West leader. Week 13: Beat Bills, 38–24.

  • 2
    2New England Patriots
    record: 10–2 (AFC: 7–1)
    AFC East leader. Week 13: Beat Rams, 26–10.

  • 3
    3Baltimore Ravens
    record: 7–5 (AFC: 7–2)
    AFC North leader. Week 13: Beat Dolphins, 38–6.

  • 4
    4Houston Texans
    record: 6–6 (AFC: 4–4)
    AFC South leader. Week 13: Lost to Packers, 21–13.

  • 5
    5Kansas City Chiefs
    record: 9–3 (AFC: 6–2)
    First wild card. Week 13: Beat Falcons, 29–28.

  • 6
    6Denver Broncos
    Record: 8–4 (AFC: 5–3)
    Second wild card. Week 13: Beat Jaguars, 20–10.

In the Hunt

  • 7
    7Miami Dolphins
    record: 7–5 (AFC: 5–4)
    Week 13: Lost to Ravens, 38–6.

  • 8
    8Pittsburgh Steelers
    record: 7–5 (AFC: 5–3)
    Week 13: Beat Giants, 24–14.

  • 9
    9indianapolis colts
    record: 6–6 (AFC: 4–5)
    Week 13: Beat Jets, 41–10

  • 10
    10tennessee titans 
    RECORD: 6–6 (AFC: 3–5)
    Week 13: BYE

  • 11
    11buffalo bills
    RECORD: 6–6 (AFC: 3–5)
    Week 13: Lost to Raiders, 38–24


  • 1
    1Dallas Cowboys*
    record: 11–1 (NFC: 7–1)
    NFC East leader. Week 13: Beat Vikings 17–15. Week 14: at Giants.

  • 2
    Seattle Seahawks
    Record: 8–3–1 (NFC: 4–3–1)
    NFC West leader. Week 13: Beat Panthers, 40–7.

  • 3
    3Detroit Lions
    record: 8–4 (NFC: 6–2)
    NFC North leader. Week 13: Beat Saints, 28–13.

  • 4
    4Atlanta Falcons
    RECORD: 7–5 (NFC: 5–3)
    NFC South leader. Week 13: Lost to Chiefs, 29–28.

  • 5
    5New York Giants
    record: 8–4 (NFC: 5–3)
    First wild card. Week 13: Lost to Steelers, 24–14.

  • 6
    6Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    record: 7–5 (NFC: 5–3)
    Week 13: Beat Chargers, 28–21.

In the Hunt

  • 7
    7Washington Redskins
    record: 6-5-1 (NFC: 4–4)
    Week 13: Lost to Cardinals, 31–23.

  • 8
    8Minnesota Vikings
    record: 6–6 (NFC: 4–6)
    Week 13: Lost to Cowboys, 17–15. Week 14: at Jaguars.

  • 9
    9Green Bay Packers
    record: 6–6 (NFC: 4–4)
    Week 13: Beat Texans, 21–13.

  • 10
    10Arizona Cardinals
    record: 5-6-1 (NFC: 4-4-1)
    Week 13: Beat Redskins, 31–23.

  • 11
    11New Orleans Saints
    Record: 5–7 (NFC: 4–4)
    Week 13: Lost to Lions, 28–13.

  • 12
    12philadelphia eagles
    record: 5–7 (NFC: 3–6)
    Week 13: Lost to Bengals, 32–14.

The Raiders edged in front of the Patriots for the No. 1 seed after their win over the Bills, which bumped Oakland’s winning percentage in games against common opponents ahead of New England’s. The Dolphins and Bills survived unexpected tests from bottom-feeding teams in Week 12, keeping hope alive that they can run down the AFC field down the stretch, but Miami no-showed in Baltimore on Sunday, decreasing the likelihood that its Week 17 meeting with the Patriots will carry divisional implications. The defending Super Bowl champion Broncos returned to the playoff picture with a win in Jacksonville, leapfrogging the Dolphins. Are the Bengals back in the mix after throttling Carson Wentz and the Eagles? Can the Titans and Colts close the gap in the AFC South after the Texans’ uninspiring loss in Green Bay? It’s too soon to tell.

In the NFC, the wild card race was blown open when the Giants and Redskins lost road games in Pittsburgh and Arizona, allowing the Buccaneers to sneak into position for the No. 6 seed. Behind them, Washington, Minnesota, Green Bay and Arizona can all think seriously about sneaking into the field with a strong December. Dallas is protecting a sizable lead for home field advantage on the strength of dynamic rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, and they aced the first of several road tests they face down the stretch on Thursday night with a tight win over the Vikings.

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