NFL Standings 2022-23: Week 14 Records, Playoff Scenarios, Wild-Card Review

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBAFeatured Columnist IVDecember 6, 2022

NFL Standings 2022-23: Week 14 Records, Playoff Scenarios, Wild-Card Review

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) walks off the field after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4, 2022, at the Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    No team has punched its ticket to the NFL playoffs just yet.

    That could happen during Week 14, though.

    Three teams—two in the NFC, one in the AFC—could officially become postseason participants by the time the docket is complete. Two of those clubs could be crowned division champions, too.

    Let's run through the latest standings, then, before breaking down the wild-card race and examining those clinching scenarios for Week 14.

NFL Standings

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - DECEMBER 04: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings attempts a pass during the first quarter against the New York Jets at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 04, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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    AFC East

    Buffalo Bills: 9-3-0

    Miami Dolphins: 8-4-0

    New York Jets: 7-5-0

    New England Patriots: 6-6-0

    AFC North

    Baltimore Ravens: 8-4-0

    Cincinnati Bengals: 8-4-0

    Cleveland Browns: 5-7-0

    Pittsburgh Steelers: 5-7-0

    AFC South

    Tennessee Titans: 7-5-0

    Indianapolis Colts: 4-8-1

    Jacksonville Jaguars: 4-8-0

    e-Houston Texans: 1-10-1

    AFC West

    Kansas City Chiefs: 9-3-0

    Los Angeles Chargers: 6-6-0

    Las Vegas Raiders: 5-7-0

    Denver Broncos: 3-9-0

    NFC East

    Philadelphia Eagles: 11-1-0

    Dallas Cowboys: 9-3-0

    New York Giants: 7-4-1

    Washington Commanders: 7-5-1

    NFC North

    Minnesota Vikings: 10-2-0

    Detroit Lions: 5-7-0

    Green Bay Packers: 5-8-0

    e-Chicago Bears: 3-10-0

    NFC South

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-6-0

    Atlanta Falcons: 5-8-0

    Carolina Panthers: 4-8-0

    New Orleans Saints: 4-9-0

    NFC West

    San Francisco 49ers: 8-4-0

    Seattle Seahawks: 7-5-0

    Arizona Cardinals: 4-8-0

    Los Angeles Rams: 3-9-0

    *e-eliminated from playoff contention

Wild-Card Race

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Indianapolis Colts on December 4, 2022 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    AFC Wild Card Standings

    5. Cincinnati Bengals: 8-4-0

    6. Miami Dolphins: 8-4-0

    7. New York Jets: 7-5-0

    8. New England Patriots: 6-6-0

    9. Los Angeles Chargers: 6-6-0

    10. Las Vegas Raiders: 5-7-0

    11. Cleveland Browns: 5-7-0

    12. Pittsburgh Steelers: 5-7-0

    13. Indianapolis Colts: 4-8-1

    14. Jacksonville Jaguars: 4-8-0

    15. Denver Broncos: 3-9-0

    NFC Wild Card Standings

    5. Dallas Cowboys: 9-3-0

    6. New York Giants: 7-4-1

    7. Seattle Seahawks: 7-5-0

    8. Washington Commanders: 7-5-1

    9. Detroit Lions: 5-7-0

    10. Green Bay Packers: 5-8-0

    11. Atlanta Falcons: 5-8-0

    12. Arizona Cardinals: 4-8-0

    13. Carolina Panthers: 4-8-0

    14. New Orleans Saints: 4-9-0

    15. Los Angeles Rams: 3-9-0

Playoff Scenarios

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 04: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass the ball against the Tennessee Titans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 4, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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    It feels a near certainty that at least one team will lock up a playoff berth this week. That's because this postseason race has progressed to the point that teams can secure those spots without needing any assistance.

    Both the Vikings and Eagles have win (or tie)-and-you're-in opportunities in Week 14. Philadelphia heads out on the road for one of its two tussles remaining with the New York Giants. Minnesota, meanwhile, heads to Detroit to face a Lions club it knocked off by a 28-24 margin back in Week 3, a victory delivered by Kirk Cousins' last-minute touchdown throw to K.J. Osborn.

    A Vikings win or tie would not only send them to the playoffs, it would also give them an NFC North division crown. The Eagles can't lock up the NFC East yet, but they could get into the playoffs without winning this week if both the 49ers (home against the Buccaneers) and Seahawks (home vs. the Panthers) lose.

    In the AFC, the Chiefs are the only team who can lock up a playoff berth, and they can take the AFC West crown, too.

    Kansas City has a two-step path to the postseason (and that division title): win a road game over the Broncos and have the Chargers fall at home in the Sunday night game against the Dolphins.

    On the other end of the conversation, three clubs could be officially eliminated from playoff contention in Week 14. Two of them need no extra help: the Rams will be out with a home loss to the Raiders, and the Broncos will be finished if they fall to the Chiefs at home. The Cardinals could be eliminated, too, though it would take more than just them losing at home to the Patriots on Monday night.