2015 NFL Season – Playoff Standings After Week 13

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The 2015 NFL Season is heading into its final four weeks, and there are two things we know about the playoffs through the current standings: The Carolina Panthers are NFC South champions and will be there, while the Cleveland Browns are officially out of the race, although they were never in it to begin with.

NFC

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division Leaders
1 Carolina Panthers South 12 0 0 1.000 3–0 8–0 .431 .431 W12
2 Arizona Cardinals West 10 2 0 .833 4–1 7–1 .410 .400 W6
3 Green Bay Packers North 8 4 0 .667 3–2 6–3 .507 .438 W1
4 Washington Redskins East 5 7 0 .417 2–2 5–4 .507 .400 L1
Wild Cards
5 Minnesota Vikings North 8 4 0 .667 3–1 5–3 .465 .396 L1
6 Seattle Seahawks West 7 5 0 .583 2–2 6–4 .556 .429 W3
In the Hunt
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 6 6 0 .500 3–1 5–3 .458 .403 W1
8 Atlanta Falcons South 6 6 0 .500 0–3 4–5 .431 .389 L5
9 Philadelphia Eagles East 5 7 0 .417 2–2 3–6 .500 .500 W1
10 New York Giants East 5 7 0 .417 2–3 4–5 .458 .417 L3
11 Chicago Bears North 5 7 0 .417 1–3 2–6 .542 .450 L1
12 St. Louis Rams West 4 8 0 .333 3–1 3–5 .556 .479 L5
13 Detroit Lions North 4 8 0 .333 2–3 3–5 .583 .479 L1
14 New Orleans Saints South 4 8 0 .333 1–3 3–6 .556 .438 L4
15 San Francisco 49ers West 4 8 0 .333 0–5 3–7 .563 .479 W1
16 Dallas Cowboys East 4 8 0 .333 3–2 3–7 .521 .417 W1

The interesting thing about the NFC is that no one is out of the picture. Last season the two wild card teams had 11 wins (Detroit and Arizona). This season it might take a lot less to get in. The Dallas Cowboys at 4-8 are in the picture mostly because they’re still in the hunt for the spot because they can win the awful NFC East, but even the 49ers, Saints, Lions and Rams at 4-8 still have a shot at one of the wild card spots because right now, the Seahawks aren’t getting away, although they do seem to be picking up the right kind of form right on time.

The Panthers are the only team with the playoff in their hands, winning the division. They can clinch home field advantage with three more wins or some combination of a Cardinals loss. The Packers, battling the Minnesota Vikings for the division title, aren’t going to catch up with them. The Washington Redskins? At 5-7, the best record the NFC East can produce, they’re not the best team in the NFC East though, and won’t worry anyone against them, not in the regular season or in the playoffs, if they make it.

AFC

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division Leaders
1 Cincinnati Bengals North 10 2 0 .833 4–0 8–1 .438 .392 W2
2 Denver Broncos West 10 2 0 .833 3–1 6–2 .479 .467 W3
3 New England Patriots East 10 2 0 .833 4–0 7–1 .486 .458 L2
4 Indianapolis Colts South 6 6 0 .500 3–0 5–4 .563 .486 L1
Wild Cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 7 5 0 .583 3–1 6–2 .569 .488 W6
6 New York Jets East 7 5 0 .583 2–2 5–4 .444 .381 W2
In the Hunt
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 7 5 0 .583 1–2 4–4 .500 .405 W1
8 Buffalo Bills East 6 6 0 .500 3–2 5–5 .542 .444 W1
] Houston Texans South 6 6 0 .500 2–1 4–3 .528 .472 L1
10 Oakland Raiders West 5 7 0 .455 1–1 5–3 .486 .317 L1
11 Miami Dolphins East 5 7 0 .417 0–5 3–6 .465 .383 W1
12 Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 8 0 .333 1–3 4–6 .493 .375 L2
13 Baltimore Ravens North 4 8 0 .333 2–2 3–6 .458 .333 L1
14 San Diego Chargers West 3 9 0 .273 0–2 2–5 .514 .278 L1
15 Tennessee Titans South 3 9 0 .250 1–3 1–7 .458 .389 W1
Eliminated from playoff contention
16 Cleveland Browns North 2 10 0 .167 1–4 2–8 .535 .292 L7

Two interesting things in the AFC right now: The Patriots no longer have a hold on the top spot and might end up losing home field advantage which seemed sewn up from day 1 of the season, while the Bengals and Broncos have a god at who doesn’t crumble under the pressure. The Indianapolis Colts? There’s nothing to worry about.

Another interesting thing is that the hottest team in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs, are in fantastic position to keep on holding on to one of the wild card spots. The Jets are better than last year but you never know with them. The Steelers have a great offense but a defense that can fall apart at any minutes. The Bills are like the Jets, only with a crazier head coach. The Texans and the Colts will win the second worst division in football, and it doesn’t really matter who wins the division. They’re not doing anything in the playoffs.

Oh, and the Browns are the only team mathematically out of the playoffs. Rebuilding process number 15 is coming up.

Current playoff picture via ESPN
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