This post will be updated throughout Sunday and Monday after each slate of games — bookmark it and come back after each group of games to find out what changes happened in the NFL playoff picture.
Monday night game
Here’s the updated playoff picture after the Raiders snuck by the Houston Texans in Mexico. Yes, Oakland is your No. 1 seed in the AFC.
The Texans were poised to take over the No. 2 spot with a win over the Raiders. Instead, Oakland leapfrogs the Patriots to the No. 1 spot courtesy of their strength of victory (.469 to the Patriots’ .375).
Houston doesn’t fall anywhere at 6-4, but their lead in the AFC South just became much more tenuous. They also remain the No. 3 seed ahead of the Ravens (5-5)
Sunday night game
Playoff Picture moves
The Redskins demolishing the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night didn’t swing a whole lot in terms of the playoffs. Washington holds its spot as the No. 6 team in the NFC. The NFC playoffs won’t change until next week, either, because both team playing Monday are AFC squads.
For the Packers, they are now in a very bad spot. Green Bay fell from the No. 11 seed in the NFC to the No. 14 seed as a result of the loss, dropping below the Carolina Panthers , Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints . They’re now 4-6 and two full games back of both the Lions and Vikings for the NFC North. They’ve lost four in a row and don’t remotely look like a playoff team.
Late afternoon games
Playoff Picture moves
Here’s the latest playoff picture following the three Sunday afternoon games, which included a Seattle Seahawks win over the Eagles, a Miami Dolphins win over the Rams and a Patriots win over the 49ers. None of those outcomes, naturally, affected the movement in the playoffs.
No teams jumped into playoff position based on the results of the afternoon games.
No one was booted from the playoffs based on the afternoon games.
Who’s movin’ on up?
Dolphins: Miami’s got four straight wins now and is just a game back of the Chiefs and Denver Broncos for the last wild card spot. They’re secretly just two games back (plus a tiebreaker) of the Patriots in the AFC East too.
Playoff Picture moves
There were a lot of games during the early slate on Sunday — eight of them in fact — but there was a limited amount of playoff shakeup coming out of those games. There is one less contender mathematically available, as the Cleveland Browns ‘ season is officially over.
They’ll (probably) still play football, of course. But Cleveland is no longer eligible for the playoffs, moving to 0-11 and being too far back to catch anyone in the AFC playoff race (the worst wild card currently is Denver at 7-3, while the Baltimore Ravens are 5-5 and leading the AFC North).
The Browns entered this season with some hope, thanks to the presence of Hue Jackson and the signing of Robert Griffin III . They were a young team with a lot of draft picks, a franchise consistently in reboot trying to go with a full-blown “scorched earth” approach.
Things went more poorly than anyone could have expected. RG3 got injured immediately. His backup, Josh McCown , was also hurt, putting 2016 third-round pick Cody Kessler into the fire immediately. He got hurt too.
Charlie Whitehurst and Kevin Hogan were prominently involved.
There have been a couple bright spots, including a team playing hard under a talented coach in Jackson. Terrelle Pryor looks like a critical piece of the puzzle for Cleveland moving forward; they would be smart to lock him up to a big deal considering how well he’s developed as a wide receiver for them. Corey Coleman ‘s been injured but looks like a future stud as well. Kessler hasn’t been terrible considering what’s around him and his lack of experience.
But now it becomes all about trying to find that first win. There are five games left for Cleveland in the 2016 season and none of them are easy.
They host the New York Giants before a Week 13 bye and then have the Cincinnati Bengals at home followed by the Buffalo Bills (road), San Diego Chargers (home) and Pittsburgh Steelers (road).
1-15 is horrible, but it’s a million times better than 0-16. Cleveland is officially in desperation mode to get its first win, although that win could come at a cost, because the 49ers are pretty horrible too. Both franchises will be in a dogfight for the No. 1 overall pick in 2017.
Cleveland’s got a significant “advantage” in its “pursuit” of that “top” spot. They were more than 60 percent favorites for the top spot before Week 10, moved to 76 percent after Week 10 and should be over an 80 percent favorite for the worst record in football.
No teams jumped into playoff position based on the results of the 1 p.m. ET games.
No one was booted from the playoffs based on the 1 p.m. ET games.
Who’s movin’ on up?
Minnesota Vikings : Minnesota jumped back up into the playoff hunt with their win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. After losing four straight games, Minnesota went from the No. 1 seed to the No. 8 seed prior to Week 11 — losing lots of games will move you down the standings apparently. They’re right on the fringe of the playoffs now, though, sitting at the No. 7 seed. They lose the tiebreaker to the Detroit Lions based on their head-to-head loss and they are behind the Washington Redskins because of win percentage (5-3-1 is better than 6-4 by just a bit). If the Redskins win on Sunday night, Minnesota would remain as the No. 7 seed. A Redskins loss and an Philadelphia Eagles loss in Seattle would move the Vikings to No. 6 however. A Redskins loss and an Eagles win would make Philly the No. 6 seed.
Oakland Raiders : Oakland is your current No. 2 seed in the AFC after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers surprised the Kansas City Chiefs . Oakland (7-2) is tied with New England for the best record in the AFC, but the New England Patriots have a better conference record (6-1 versus 5-1).
Lions: Detroit moved up to No. 3 in the NFC after beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in Detroit. The surprising Lions have had every single game they’ve played in be decided by one score or less and leapfrogged the Atlanta Falcons based on conference record (4-2 against the Falcons’ 4-3).
Steelers: Pittsburgh’s win over the Browns puts them at 5-5 and means they’re now the No. 8 seed in the AFC. The more important game of the day for Pittsburgh was the Baltimore loss in Dallas, which moves the Ravens to 5-5 as well. Baltimore is still on top of the AFC North, however, because of their head-to-head win over the Steelers.
Browns: Week 11 is pretty early to have your season end, but here we are. The Cleveland Browns, who are now 0-11 after falling to the Steelers 24-9 on Sunday in Cleveland, are no longer mathematically capable of making the postseason. The only thing of note remaining for the Browns is trying to avoid going 0-16.