The NFL playoff picture after week 11: Who’s in trouble? Can the Packers still make it?
The NFL regular season is more than halfway over and the playoff picture is slowly taking shape. Which teams are in danger of missing the postseason?
Week 11 is over and teams continue to scramble for playoff positions as they head well into the second half of the regular season. The playoff picture is getting clearer, though there is still a lot of action to be expected in the following weeks, and the league could still see some shifts in standings.
Packers struggle to stay alive
Last week, the Tennessee Titans trumped the Green Bay Packers 27-17 and moved up to a 7-3 record, making them the No. 3 seed in the NFC. The loss was bad news for Green Bay, as they are now 4-7, further dimming their hopes of a playoff berth. However, all is not lost. They still have a chance at making the postseason, IF they win majority of their remaining games.
The Packers will face formidable opponents like the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, and the Minnesota Vikings.
But some matchups are winnable, such as those against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and the Los Angeles Rams, who have not been exhibiting their championship form.
Speaking of the Rams, they are hovering near the bottom of the NFC rankings with a 3-7 record, and it looks like the defending champions will not have a postseason run.
AFC teams in danger
As for the AFC, the Cleveland Browns have been going steadily downhill, and are currently No. 13 in the conference. They are three games out of the final playoff spot, slightly ahead of the Indianapolis Colts who are 2.5 games out after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.