Baltimore celebrates the Ravens' Super Bowl victory

The Baltimore Ravens celebrated the second NFL title in franchise history with a Charm City parade on Tuesday.

Baltimore Ravens fans blow horns during a victory ceremony at City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Baltimore. The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Sam Muffoletto, 21, and Phil Luzi, 21, hold up signs and a home-made Super Bowl trophy as they wait for the start of Baltimore's celebration for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens at Ravens stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Officials expect about 100,000 people to attend the events. (AP Photo/Alex Dominguez)

Sam Muffoletto, 21, and Phil Luzi, 21, hold up signs and a home-made Super Bowl trophy as they wait for the start of Baltimore's celebration for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens at Ravens stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Officials expect about 100,000 people to attend the events. (AP Photo/Alex Dominguez)

Ravens activate RB Danny Woodhead from injured reserve

Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead (39) is assisted off the field after being injured on a play in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Ravens return from bye, look to pick off Packers, Hundley

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Ravens strong safety Eric Weddle, center, intercepts a pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Baltimore. Weddle said creating turnovers was a top priority when he arrived in Baltimore after nine seasons with the Chargers. The ravens play at the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

Ravens return from bye, look to pick off Packers, Hundley

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh watches from the sidelines during a preseason NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Ravens play at the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Ravens return from bye, look to pick off Packers, Hundley

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in Chicago. Third-year backup quarterback Brett Hundley has made gradual strides over his three starts, to the point where the Packers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 23-16 victory last week over the Chicago Bears. The Baltimore Ravens play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh watches from the sidelines during a preseason NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Ravens play at the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Ravens strong safety Eric Weddle, center, intercepts a pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Baltimore. Weddle said creating turnovers was a top priority when he arrived in Baltimore after nine seasons with the Chargers. The ravens play at the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, in Chicago. Third-year backup quarterback Brett Hundley has made gradual strides over his three starts, to the point where the Packers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 23-16 victory last week over the Chicago Bears. The Baltimore Ravens play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

NFL Playoff Picture: Standings, Matchups, Scenarios Entering Week 11

The completion of Week 10 means we're somehow already 58% through the NFL season. While there's still plenty of time for the playoff picture to go haywire—which it almost certainly will—we're at a point in the year when postseason scenarios are beginning to take shape. By now, a few teams are virtual locks to make the playoffs while a number of franchises need to strike some late-season magic if they're to play games when it matters most.

Before we get to the current playoff picture, let's review the qualification rules, which are the same for both the AFC and the NFC.

• The winners of each division—the North, South, East and West—qualify for the playoffs and earn the top four seeds. The team with the best record earns the No. 1 seed, the second-best earns the No. 2 seed, etc. If a team wins its division with a 7-9 record while another team qualifies as a Wild Card with an 11-5 record, the division winner will be seeded higher.

• The two teams with the best record that do not win their division qualify in the Wild Card spots, seeded fifth and sixth.

• If two teams in the same division finish with the same record, the first tiebreaker is their head-to-head record. If the teams split the two games played against each other, the next tiebreaker is the teams' record against teams within the division. If the in-division records are the same, the next tiebreaker is the teams' records in games against common opponents. If that too is is the same, the fourth tiebreaker is the teams' record against teams within the conference.

• If two teams in different divisions finish with the same record, the first tiebreaker is the head-to-head matchup, if applicable. If the teams did not play each other, the next tiebreaker is the teams' record within the conference. If that too is the same, the third tiebreaker is the teams' record against common opponents.

• The top two teams in each conference receive first-round byes. Each conference's No. 3 seed hosts the No. 6 seed, while the No. 4 seed hosts the No. 5 seed in the Wild Card Round.

• In every playoff game, the higher seed hosts the lower seed.

• After the Wild Card round comes the Divisional Round, during which the top seed in each conference plays the lowest remaining seed, while the No. 2 seed plays the higher-seeded team. There is no bracket as there is the NBA playoffs; matchups in the Divisional Round depend on the winners in the Wild Card round.

Now that the clerical stuff is out of the way, let's get to the playoff picture.

AFC

Current Wild Card Round matchups

No 6. Bills at No. 3 Chiefs, No. 5 Jaguars at No. 4 Titans.

No. 1 Steelers, No. 2 Patriots have byes, will host Divisional Round games.

Seeding breakdown:

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2, first place in AFC North)

Remaining games: vs. Titans, vs. Packers, at Bengals, vs. Ravens, vs. Patriots, at Texans, vs. Browns.

They haven't all been pretty, but the Steelers have found a way to grind out four straight victories and would have home field advantage through the AFC Championship game if the season ended today. The Patriots are also 7-2, and the two teams have yet to face each other and have both lost once to an AFC opponent, but Pittsburgh beat the Chiefs, a team New England lost to. That gives the Steelers the edge in the common opponents tiebreaker. Pittsburgh holds a three-game lead over the Ravens in the AFC North, putting them in great position to win the division, and a Dec. 17 showdown with New England could determine who earns the AFC's top seed.

2. New England Patriots (7-2, first place in AFC East)

Remaining games: at Raiders (in Mexico City), vs. Dolphins, at Bills, at Dolphins, at Steelers, vs. Bills, vs. Jets

After opening the season with a home loss to the Chiefs and sitting at 2-2 through four games, the Patriots have hit their stride and find themselves in a familiar position atop the AFC East. Winners of five straight, New England holds a two-game lead over the Bills in the division but still has to play Buffalo twice. New England is surging and Buffalo is struggling, so New England's a heavy favorite to win the division. It's likely that the December matchup against Pittsburgh will have serious seeding implications.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3, first place in AFC West)

Remaining games: at Giants, vs. Bills, at Jets, vs. Raiders, vs. Chargers, vs. Dolphins, at Broncos

Kansas City was a trendy Super Bowl pick after its impressive 5-0 start, but Andy Reid's team has lost three of four to fall back into the pack a bit. The Chiefs still hold a relatively comfortable two-game lead over the Raiders in the AFC West, a usually hyper-competitive division that's struggled this season. Sunday's matchup with the lowly Giants after a bye week is just what the doctor ordered for Kansas City—Reid is 16-2 in his career coming off byes—who have just one game remaining against a team with a winning record. The Chiefs hold the tiebreaker over the Titans as Kansas City has lost only two games to AFC competition to Tennessee's three.

4. Tennessee Titans (6-3, first place AFC South)

Remaining games: at Steelers, at Colts, vs. Texans, at Cardinals, at 49ers, vs. Rams, vs. Jaguars

The Titans have won four straight to get themselves back in the playoff picture after a lackluster start, but a tricky game at Pittsburgh on Thursday night could well end that winning streak. As it currently stands, Tennessee holds the tiebreaker in the AFC South over the Jaguars, who are also 6-3, via 37-16 win over Jacksonville in Week 2. The two teams will meet again in Nashville in Week 17 in a game that could be for the division title.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3, second place in AFC South)

Remaining games: at Browns, at Cardinals, vs. Colts, vs. Seahawks, vs. Texans, at 49ers, at Titans

Blake Bortles's resurgent season has Jacksonville in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Jaguars have a number of games left on the schedule that they'll feel they should win—the Jags still play the Browns and 49ers—but that Week 17 game at Tennessee looms large. The good news for the Jags is that there is only one AFC Wild Card contender with a 5-4 record (Buffalo), meaning the Jaguars have a two-game lead over any team that could knock them out of the playoffs altogether.

6. Buffalo Bills (5-4, second place in AFC East)

Remaining games: at Chargers, at Chiefs, vs. Patriots, vs. Colts, vs. Dolphins, at Patriots, at Dolphins

While the Bills are currently in playoff position, things are trending the wrong direction in Buffalo—the Bills have lost two straight, including a 47-10 shellacking to the Saints at home, and coach Sean McDermott announced on Wednesday that Nathan Peterman would replace Tyrod Taylor as the starting quarterback. Teams in playoff contention don't often make a voluntary quarterback switch, which goes to show just how badly the Bills need a spark. Plus, Buffalo still has to play the Patriots twice, which doesn't bode well for anyone, ever.

Outside looking in

7. Baltimore Ravens (4-5, third place in AFC North)

Remaining games: at Packers, vs. Texans, vs. Lions, at Steelers, at Browns, vs. Colts, vs. Bengals

Baltimore holds the tiebreaker over the Raiders thanks to a 30-17 win over Oakland in Week 4.

8. Oakland Raiders (4-5, third place in AFC West)

Remaining games: vs. Patriots, vs. Broncos, vs. Giants, at Chiefs, vs. Cowboys, at Eagles, at Chargers

With Baltimore holding the tiebreaker and games against the Patriots and Eagles still remaining, Oakland's playoff hopes are on life support.

9. Miami Dolphins (4-5, third place in AFC East)

Remaining games: vs. Buccaneers, at Patriots, vs. Broncos, vs. Patriots, at Bills, at Chiefs, vs. Bills

Miami still plays Buffalo twice, which means the Dolphins could leap-frog the Bills into second-place in the AFC East. They'll likely have to win both games against Buffalo and win one of its two games against New England to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Need a miracle

No. 10 New York Jets (4-6), No. 11 Houston Texans (3-6), No. 12 Cincinnati Bengals (3-6), No. 13 San Diego Chargers (3-6), No. 14 Denver Broncos (3-6)

Maybe next year

No. 14 Indianapolis Colts (3-7), No. 15 Cleveland Browns (0-9)

NFC

Current Wild Card Round matchups

No 6. Seahawks at No. 3 Saints, No. 5 Panthers at No. 4 Rams.

No. 1 Eagles, No. 2 Vikings have byes, will host Divisional Round games.

Seeing breakdown

1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-1, first place in NFC East)

Remaining schedule: at Cowboys, vs. Bears, at Seahawks, at Rams, at Giants, vs. Raiders, vs. Cowboys

The Eagles have established themselves as the league's best team thanks to MVP-caliber play from Carson Wentz and the best run defense in the NFL. Philly's offense hasn't scored less than 26 points all season and appears to firing on all cylinders, but the Eagles have only beaten one team with a winning record thus far. Philadelphia has passed the eye test through the first nine games, but these next four contests will go a long way in showing just how good this team is. The Eagles play at the Cowboys, host the Bears then travel west for back-to-back games at the Seahawks and Rams, both of which could have seeding implications.

2. Minnesota Vikings (7-2, first place in NFC North)

Remaining games: vs. Rams, at Lions, at Falcons, at Panthers, vs. Bengals, at Packers, vs. Bears

Minnesota's defense might be the best in the NFL, and Case Keenum has played well enough that coach Mike Zimmer is opting to ride the hot hand and have franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is finally healthy, serve as Keenum's backup for now. Three division leaders in the NFC—Minnesota, New Orleans and Los Angeles—are 7-2, but Minnesota gets the tiebreaker via a win over the Saints in Week 1 and only one loss to an NFC team. The Vikings host the Rams this week in a matchup of two surprising division leaders—a win would guarantee the Vikings the tiebreaker over both the Saints and Rams, while a loss could drop the Vikings all the way down to the fourth seed.

3. New Orleans Saints (7-2, first place in NFC South)

Remaining games: vs. Redskins, at Rams, vs. Panthers, at Falcons, vs. Jets, vs. Falcons, at Buccaneers

The Saints are the hottest team in the NFL, having won seven in a row on the strength of a defense that's much better than New Orleans units of years' past. New Orleans' resurgence has come in a year when the NFC South might be the best division in all of football; the Panthers are 7-3 and the Falcons are as scary as a 5-4 team can be. Sean Payton's team needs to keep its foot firmly on the pedal as two matchups with the Falcons as well as dates with the Rams and Panthers lie ahead.

4. Los Angeles Rams (7-2, first place in NFC West)

Remaining games: at Vikings, vs. Saints, at Cardinals, vs. Eagles, at Seahawks, at Titans, vs. 49ers

The Rams are the NFL's most improved team from a season ago, and first-year head coach/offensive genius Sean McVay is the mid-season favorite for coach of the year. Unfortunately for the Rams, they play at the Vikings in Week 11 and then host the Saints in Week 12, a two-game stretch that will serve as a serious test for this young squad. Also remaining are trips to Seattle and Tennessee; if the Rams do fight off the Seahawks to win the NFC West, they will have well and truly earned it.

5. Carolina Panthers (7-3, second place in NFC South)

Remaining schedule: at Jets, at Saints, vs. Vikings, vs. Packers, vs. Buccaneers, at Falcons

The Panthers have won three straight and the defense is playing fantastic heading into their bye week. If the Seahawks beat the Falcons on Monday night this week, Seattle will pass Carolina and move into the No. 5 seed, as the Seahawks have lost two games in conference while the Panthers have dropped three. After the bye week are back-to-back road games at the Jets and Saints, and a Week 17 matchup at Atlanta feels like it will be crucial.

6. Seattle Seahawks (6-3, second place in NFC West)

Remaining schedule: vs. Falcons, at 49ers, vs. Eagles, at Jaguars, vs. Rams, at Cowboys, vs. Cardinals

Seattle is in position to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, but Pete Carroll's team will like its chances to win the NFC West rather than qualify via a Wild Card berth. The Seahawks beat the Rams 16-10 in Los Angeles in Week 5, and the two teams face off again in Seattle in Week 15. Still, the Seahawks' offense will need to be more consistent if they're to claw back and win the division for the fourth time in five years.

Outside looking in

No. 7 Atlanta Falcons (5-4, third place in NFC South)

Remaining schedule: at Seahawks, vs. Buccaneers, vs. Vikings, vs. Saints, at Buccaneers, at Saints, vs. Panthers

Atlanta dominated the Ezekiel Elliott-less Cowboys en route to a 27-7 victory, and Atlanta has also beaten both the Packers and the Lions. That puts Atlanta in good position should tiebreaks come into play. Five of the seven games left on Atlanta's schedule are against teams currently in playoff position.

No. 8 Detroit Lions (5-4, second place in NFC North)

Remaining schedule: at Bears, vs. Vikings, at Ravens, at Buccaneers, vs. Bears, at Bengals, vs. Packers

Detroit holds the tiebreaker over the Packers via a 30-17 win at Lambeau Field in Week 9, and the Lions have the easiest schedule of the teams on the outside looking in.

No. 9 Green Bay Packers (5-4, third place in NFC North)

Remaining schedule: vs. Ravens, at Steelers, vs. Buccaneers, at Browns, at Panthers, vs. Vikings, at Lions

Realistically speaking, the Packers' playoff hopes rely on Aaron Rodgers somehow returning before the season is over. The Packers lost both of Brett Hundley's first two starts before bouncing back against the Bears in Week 10, but unfortunately for the Packers, they can't play the Bears every week.

No. 10 Dallas Cowboys (5-4, second place in NFC East)

Remaining schedule: at Cowboys, vs. Chargers, vs. Redskins, at Giants, at Raiders, vs. Seahawks, at Eagles

The Cowboys' postseason hopes took a huge hit when Ezekiel Elliot's legal saga came to a head before Week 10, when a U.S. Cour of Appeals denied his request for a temporary injunction that would allow him to play. Now that he's out for another five games, Dallas will have to adapt to life without their workhorse.

Need a miracle

No. 11 Washington Redskins (4-5), No. 12 Arizona Cardinals (4-5)

Maybe next year

No. 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6), No. 14 Chicago Bears (3-6), No. 15 New York Giants (1-8), No. 16 San Francisco 49ers

Packers-Ravens: Get to know Baltimore's offense

Even with a former Super Bowl MVP at quarterback, the Baltimore Ravens' offense is one of the worst in the NFL.

Packers-Ravens: Get to know Baltimore's offense

Even with a former Super Bowl MVP at quarterback, the Baltimore Ravens' offense is one of the worst in the NFL.

Packers-Ravens: Get to know Baltimore's offense

Even with a former Super Bowl MVP at quarterback, the Baltimore Ravens' offense is one of the worst in the NFL.

Packers-Ravens: Get to know Baltimore's offense

Even with a former Super Bowl MVP at quarterback, the Baltimore Ravens' offense is one of the worst in the NFL.

Pittsburgh Steelers must beware Adoree’ Jackson

Nov 5, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree' Jackson (25) runs for a first down during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsPittsburgh Steelers must beware Adoree' Jackson. Coming out of the bye week, the Tennessee Titans were looking for a bigger spark in their offense.

Week 11 Ravens-Packers Matchup

The Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers both enter their Week 11 tilt in desperate need of a win.

Week 11 Ravens-Packers Matchup

The Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers both enter their Week 11 tilt in desperate need of a win.

Week 11 Ravens-Packers Matchup

The Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers both enter their Week 11 tilt in desperate need of a win.

Week 11 Ravens-Packers Matchup

The Baltimore Ravens and Green Bay Packers both enter their Week 11 tilt in desperate need of a win.

Streaking Steelers, Titans look to make statement

FILE - At left, in a Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) looks to throw a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. At right, in a Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. Stylistically, the Steelers may be the most unimpressive 7-2 team in the NFL. It's a problem the AFC North leaders can live with, though they will be tested on Thursday against Tennessee (6-3). The Titans have won four straight and can send a message they're a legitimate threat. (AP Photo/File)

Ravens TE Watson returns with flourish from torn Achilles

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson (82) carries the ball past Cleveland Browns free safety Jabrill Peppers (22) during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. At 36 years old and coming off an Achilles tendon injury that cost him the entire 2016 season, Watson has become an integral part of the Ravens' passing game. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

It’s Over For John Fox, So What’s Next?

Oct 15, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Chicago Bears head coach John Fox talks to his team as the walk off the field during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Chicago Bears defeated Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsIf one thing was determined last Sunday, it’s that John Fox wrote his own pink slip. He did that once again by not preparing his team after the bye and doing so against an awful Packers team. What can’t be stressed enough is that general manager Ryan Pace better make the call that Phil Emery […]

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson (82) carries the ball past Cleveland Browns free safety Jabrill Peppers (22) during the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. At 36 years old and coming off an Achilles tendon injury that cost him the entire 2016 season, Watson has become an integral part of the Ravens' passing game. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

FILE - At left, in a Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) looks to throw a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL football game in Nashville, Tenn. At right, in a Nov. 12, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis. Stylistically, the Steelers may be the most unimpressive 7-2 team in the NFL. It's a problem the AFC North leaders can live with, though they will be tested on Thursday against Tennessee (6-3). The Titans have won four straight and can send a message they're a legitimate threat. (AP Photo/File)

Ravens Raiders Football

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Bengals Preview: Week 10 @ Titans

Nov 5, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard (59) celebrates after a defensive stop during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsThe loss in Jacksonville felt hopeless in a way that the Bengals haven’t experienced since Ken Zampese was still coordinating the team’s offense. The offense simply wasn’t sufficient at any point in the game, before and after the ejection of A.J. Green in the third quarter for an action that no one in the world […]

Titans TE Walker questionable for Sunday's game with Bengals

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Nashville, Tenn. Walker's playing status Sunday will be a game-time decision against the Baltimore Ravens. Walker was limited in what he was allowed to do after bruising a bone in his right ankle in overtime against Cleveland on Oct. 22 before Tennessee's bye. (AP Photo/Weston Kenney, File)