NFL Playoff Picture 2020: Week 8 Wild Card Hunt, Standings and Super Bowl Odds

Jake RillSenior Writer IOctober 26, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes as offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva (78) blocks Tennessee Titans linebacker Harold Landry (58) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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Through seven weeks of the 2020 NFL season, there will be only one undefeated team remaining—the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Sunday, the Steelers defeated the Tennessee Titans 27-24 in a battle of previously unbeaten teams. Pittsburgh improved to 6-0 and sits atop a competitive AFC North division that also features the Baltimore Ravens (5-1) and Cleveland Browns (5-2).

Along with the Titans, the Seattle Seahawks also suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday. The Seahawks led for most of the night, but the Arizona Cardinals came from behind to win 37-34 in overtime, moving just a half-game behind Seattle for the NFC West lead.

Week 7 isn't over just yet as the Los Angeles Rams are set to host the Chicago Bears in a matchup of strong NFC teams on Monday night. Chicago is atop the NFC North at 5-1, while Los Angeles enters the game at 4-2.

Here's a look at the NFL playoff picture (reminder: the top seven teams from each conference now reach the postseason), followed by current Super Bowl odds for each team.

      

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AFC

Division Leaders

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (6-1)

3. Tennessee Titans (5-1)

4. Buffalo Bills (5-2)

     

Wild-Card Race

5. Baltimore Ravens (5-1)

6. Cleveland Browns (5-2)

7. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

8. Miami Dolphins (3-3)

9. Las Vegas Raiders (3-3)

10. Los Angeles Chargers (2-4)

11. Denver Broncos (2-4)

12. New England Patriots (2-4)

13. Cincinnati Bengals (1-5-1)

14. Houston Texans (1-6)

15. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)

16. New York Jets (0-7)

     

NFC

Division Leaders

1. Chicago Bears (5-1)

2. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)

4. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1)

     

Wild-Card Race

5. Green Bay Packers (5-1)

6. Arizona Cardinals (5-2)

7. Los Angeles Rams (4-2)

8. New Orleans Saints (4-2)

9. San Francisco 49ers (4-3)

10. Detroit Lions (3-3)

11. Carolina Panthers (3-4)

12. Washington Football Team (2-5)

13. Dallas Cowboys (2-5)

14. Minnesota Vikings (1-5)

15. New York Giants (1-6)

16. Atlanta Falcons (1-6)

     

Super Bowl Odds

Kansas City Chiefs +400 (bet $100 to win $400)

Baltimore Ravens +600

Pittsburgh Steelers +850

Seattle Seahawks +900

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +900

Green Bay Packers +1100

New Orleans Saints +1400

Buffalo Bills +2000

Tennessee Titans +2000

Los Angeles Rams +2200

Arizona Cardinals +2500

San Francisco 49ers +2500

Indianapolis Colts +3000

Chicago Bears +3300

Cleveland Browns +4000

Philadelphia Eagles +4000

New England Patriots +5000

Las Vegas Raiders +6600

Detroit Lions +8000

Dallas Cowboys +10000

Los Angeles Chargers +10000

Miami Dolphins +10000

Carolina Panthers +12500

Washington Football Team +15000

Atlanta Falcons +20000

Houston Texans +20000

Minnesota Vikings +20000

Denver Broncos +22500

New York Giants +35000

Cincinnati Bengals +60000

Jacksonville Jaguars +100000

New York Jets +150000

Odds obtained via DraftKings

      

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Kansas City Chiefs (+400)

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Since losing their first game of the season to the Raiders in Week 5, the Chiefs have quickly gotten back on track. They've won back-to-back road games over the Bills and Broncos to improve to 6-1 and strengthen their lead in the AFC West. The closest team to Kansas City is Las Vegas, which is now 3-3.

Despite playing in snowy conditions in Denver on Sunday, the Chiefs scored a season-high 43 points. That was mostly because of the strong play of their defense and special teams. In the second quarter, Daniel Sorenson had a 50-yard interception return touchdown and Byron Pringle had a 102-yard kickoff return touchdown.

Kansas City is likely to keep building momentum. The next two weeks, the Chiefs host the 0-7 Jets and 3-4 Panthers, both of which will be games they'll be favored to win, before having their bye in Week 10. So, the defending Super Bowl champions are in good position to get back to the playoffs, and they'll surely be a contender to repeat once they get there.

     

Baltimore Ravens (+600)

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The Ravens had a bye in Week 7, so they remained at 5-1, with their lone loss coming in a tough Week 3 matchup against the Chiefs. But Baltimore is soon going to face more challenges, beginning when it returns to play next week.

In Week 8, the Ravens host the Steelers. They also have difficult games coming up against the Colts (on the road in Week 9) and Titans (at home in Week 11), before going to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers again in Week 12.

If Baltimore gets through that portion of its schedule in good shape, the end of its regular-season slate will be lighter, and it should have no trouble securing a playoff spot early. And based on how well it played through the first six weeks, it should fare at least pretty well during its upcoming tough stretch.

      

Pittsburgh Steelers (+850)

Last season, when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played only two games because of a right elbow injury, the Steelers went 8-8 and missed the playoffs. Things are going much better for them in 2020, not only because Roethlisberger is back, but also because of their top-tier defense.

Pittsburgh held Tennessee to 292 total yards on Sunday, which included only 82 on the ground. That's similar to what the Steelers have done to opposing teams throughout their 6-0 start. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger has passed for 1,446 yards and 13 touchdowns to lead Pittsburgh's offense.

"We feel we have a really good football team, and we feel that it could be very special," Roethlisberger told the media after Sunday's game. "We're happy with where we are right now, but that's going to be a short-lived happiness, because we know what's coming up next."

The Steelers will be looking to stay undefeated against the Ravens, who they'll play in two of the next five weeks. Those matchups could give an indication of how these two top teams stack up in the AFC.

     

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