Patriots Get a Crazy Win While Eagles Escape Against Colts

Week 11 of the NFL schedule shook up the playoff picture and the divisional standings. With several close games and a few down-to-the-wire finishes, the postseason projection was shifting throughout the final minutes of Sunday’s games.

Let’s take a look at the updated NFL playoff picture and assess which teams enhanced or impaired their postseason chances on Sunday. For analysis on all the action from Week 11, scroll down below the standings.

Current AFC Playoff Picture

1Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)
2Miami Dolphins (7-3)
3. Tennessee Titans (7-3)
4. Baltimore Ravens (7-3)
5. Buffalo Bills (7-3)
6. New England Patriots (6-4)
7. New York Jets (6-4)

In the Hunt

8. Los Angeles Chargers (5-4)
9. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4)
10. Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1)
11Denver Broncos (3-6)
12. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)
13. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7)
14Cleveland Browns (3-7)
15Vegas Raiders (2-7)
16. Houston Texans (1-8-1)

1.Philadelphia Eagles (9-1)
2.Minnesota Vikings (8-1)
3Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)
5. New York Giants (7-3)
6Dallas Cowboys (6-3)
7. San Francisco 49ers (5-4)

In the Hunt

8.Washington Commanders (6-5)
9. Atlanta Falcons (5-6)
10. Detroit Lions (4-6)
11. Arizona Cardinals (4-6)
12. Green Bay Packers (4-7)
13. New Orleans Saints (4-7)
14. Los Angeles Rams (3-7)
15. Carolina Panthers (3-8)
16. Chicago Bears (3-8)

Eagles Escape Against Colts, Remain NFC’s No. 1 Seed

The Eagles looked disjointed for the second week in a row, but unlike last week, they still emerged with a victory. Jeff Saturday’s Colts put up an excellent effort, especially on defense, holding Jalen Hurts and the Eagles to just 17 points. But it wasn’t enough to keep Philadelphia from a 17-16 win that enables them to stick in the NFC’s top seed.

Hurts posted 16 carries, tied for his second-highest total of the season. His most important rush attempt came on a 3rd-and-goal from Indy’s 7-yard line with 1:20 left in the game, when he scampered into the end zone to give the Eagles the win.

Philadelphia clearly has offensive issues to work out, but they’ll benefit from sorting through those problems against one of the NFL’s least-imposing schedules. They’ll face the Packers, Titans, and Giants over the next three weeks.

Patriots-Jets Was Only Boring Until It Wasn’t

The Patriots outgained the Jets by nearly a 3-1 margin, but you wouldn’t have known it near the end of the game. Although New England averaged five yards per play to New York’s 2.1, the score was still 3-3 until the Patriots’ Marcus Jones returned a punt 84 yards for a game-winning touchdown.

The Pats rushed for 246 yards, and Mac Jones only threw four incompletions, but New England somehow only managed three offensive points. New York is dealing with much larger problems, as Zach Wilson went just nine of 22 and generally didn’t look like an NFL-caliber quarterback.

New England desperately needed this victory — a loss would have dropped their playoff odds below 20%. Instead, they’ll move into the AFC’s sixth seed, while the Jets are now in seventh.

Bills Get Back On Track With Win Over Browns

The Bills weren’t quite reeling coming off back-to-back losses, but it would have been concerning if they couldn’t dispatch the Browns in Week 11. Instead, Buffalo did just that, jumping out to that 28-10 lead before Cleveland managed some garbage-time scoring to make it a 31-23 final score.

Facing a meager Browns run defense, the Bills unsurprisingly took to the ground. Devin Singletary and James Cook both posted exactly 86 rushing yards, and Buffalo’s 171 total rushing yards were its second-most of the season.

Buffalo is now back in the No. 5 seed in the AFC, and they have the same 7-3 record as the Dolphins, who are on bye this week. The Bills will play the Lions in Week 12 before facing an AFC East gauntlet — Patriots in Week 13, Jets in Week 14, and Dolphins in Week 15.

Falcons Still in Contention After Eking Out Win Over Bears

Down 17-7 near the end of the first half, the Falcons proceeded to outscore the Bears 20-7 over the remainder of the game. Cordarrelle Patterson returned his NFL-record ninth career kickoff for a touchdown while Atlanta rushed for 149 yards. Younghoe Koo sealed the victory with a 53-yard field goal with 1:47 left.

The Falcons are now the NFC’s eighth seed. They’ll play the Commanders in Week 12 in what has become a critical matchup before facing the Steelers, Saints, and Ravens.

Commanders Take Down Texans, Stay Alive in Playoff Race

The Commanders are above .500 for the first time since Week 1 after taking down the hapless Texans 23-10 on Sunday. Houston failed to put up any sort of challenge, managing just five offensive yards in the first half and 148 in total.

Washington rushed for 191 yards and dominated time of possession, but it was the Commanders’ defense that showed out in Week 11. Kendall Fuller scored on a pick-six to start the game, Darrick Forrest got an interception of his own, and Washington sacked Davis Mills five times.

Don’t look now, but the Commanders are 6-5 and squarely in the playoff race. If the 49ers lose on Monday night, Washington will move into the NFC’s seventh seed.

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