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The NFL playoffs are fast approaching and teams continue to build their positions in the postseason race.
As we turn the page to Week 13, here’s a look at the playoff picture, plus some intriguing matchups to watch.
1. Philly Eagles, 10-1
2. Minnesota Vikings, 9-2
3. San Francisco 49ers, 7-4
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 5-6
5. Dallas Cowboys, 8-3
6.New York Giants, 7-4
7th Washington Commanders, 7-5
8.Seattle Seahawks, 6-5
9 Atlanta Falcons, 5-7
10. Detroit Lions, 4-7
11. Green Bay Packers, 4-8
12. Arizona Cardinals, 4-8
13. Carolina Panthers, 4-8
14th Saints of New Orleans, 4-8
15.Los Angeles Rams, 3-8
16. Chicago Bears, 3-9
1. Kansas City chiefs, 9-2
2. Miami Dolphins, 8-3
3. Tennessee Titans, 7-4
4. Baltimore Ravens, 7-4
5. Buffalo bills, 8-3
6. Cincinnati Bengal, 7-4
7. New York Jets, 7-4
8.New England Patriots, 6-5
9. Chargers of Los Angeles, 6-5
10. Indianapolis Colts, 4-7-1
11. Jacksonville Jaguars, 4-7
12. Las Vegas Raiders, 4-7
13th Cleveland Browns, 4-7
14 Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-7
15 Denver Broncos, 3-8
16. Houston Texans, 1-9-1
Projected NFC matchups
Goodbye: Philadelphia Eagles
(2) Minnesota Vikings vs. (7) Washington Commanders
(3) San Francisco 49ers vs. (6) New York Giants
(4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. (5) Dallas Cowboys
Scheduled AFC Matchups
Goodbye: Kansas City Chiefs
(2) Miami Dolphins vs. (7) New York Jets
(3) Tennessee Titans vs. (6) Cincinnati Bengals
(4) Baltimore Ravens vs. (5) Buffalo Bills
Week 13 is peppered with interconference matchups that could impact the playoff picture. The most interesting game pits the hottest teams in AFC and NFC against each other.
The Miami Dolphins go into Sunday’s showdown on a five-game winning streak against the San Francisco 49ers, who have won their last four. The Dolphins are second in the AFC thanks to their head-to-head tiebreak over the Buffalo Bills, who are taking on the New England Patriots Thursday night soccer.
A Buffalo win would put massive pressure on Miami to win this week lest it fall into the standings. That’s easier said than done, however, against a San Francisco defense that has kept their last four opponents under 20 points. The Dolphins have over 30 points in their last four games, so this is the most intriguing game on the table.
One of Miami’s AFC East rivals also faces a tantalizing matchup against an NFC powerhouse as the New York Jets visit the Minnesota Vikings. New York climbed back into the playoffs with a magical performance from quarterback Mike White in a dominant win over the Chicago Bears, but it won’t be as easy against the Vikings.
Minnesota bounced back from a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day with a 33-26 win over New England. The Vikings’ tilt against the Jets represents a powerful offense against one of the league’s best defenses, and it’s highlighted by a matchup between Minnesota star receiver Justin Jefferson and New York star rookie cornerback Sauce Gardner.
The NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles take on the AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans, who will be looking to return to the winning column after a 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Tennessee’s strong run defense will be tested by Philadelphia’s fast attack, led by dual-threat quarterback and MVP candidate Jalen Hurts.
A duel between the divisions that is worth seeing will be the duel between the Washington Commanders and the New York Giants. All four NFC East teams would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, so every win is crucial.
Finally, the Kansas City Chiefs meet the Bengals in a repeat of last year’s AFC championship game. Kansas City has maintained its hold on the AFC, but Cincinnati is clicking at just the right time with victories in five of their last six games.