The Jacksonville Jaguars had a much-deserved bye last week. Doug Pederson’s squad held the AFC’s No. 3 playoff seed through eight weeks, and that hasn’t changed after Week 9.
The Chiefs beat the Dolphins to remain the top seed and send Miami from No. 2 to No. 4, as the Ravens walloped the Seahawks to climb from No. 4 to No. 2. Meanwhile, the Bengals’ win over the Bills gave them a wildcard spot over Buffalo.
So: Kansas City and Jacksonville didn’t move; Miami and Baltimore flipped; and Cincinnati replaced Buffalo to join Pittsburgh and Cleveland as wildcard teams.
Here’s a look at the full AFC playoff picture as things stand today.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2, 5-1 AFC)
2. Baltimore Ravens (7-2, 4-2 AFC)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (6-2)
4. Miami Dolphins (6-3)
5*. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3, division tiebreaker*)
6*. Cleveland Browns (5-3, division tiebreaker*, win over CIN)
7*. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3, division tiebreaker*, loss to CLE)
8. Buffalo Bills (5-4)
9. Houston Texans (4-4, 2-2 AFC)
10. Los Angeles Chargers (4-4, 2-3 AFC, win over NYJ)
11. New York Jets (4-4, 2-3 AFC, loss to LAC)
12. Indianapolis Colts (4-5, 3-3 AFC)
13. Las Vegas Raiders (4-5, 2-3 AFC)
14. Tennessee Titans (3-5, 2-4 AFC)
15. Denver Broncos (3-5, 1-4 AFC)
16. New England Patriots (2-7)
* Steelers win a three-way tie in the AFC North because of their 2-0 division record. Then the Browns have a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bengals.
The Texans, Chargers, and Jets are in a three-way tie for 9th, so the record in AFC games is used to put Houston in front. Then the head-to-head tiebreaker slots in the Chargers next.
How do you feel about the current playoff picture, Jaguars fans?