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The NFL Week 9 brought some surprises, which has been a common theme with the entire season so far. Even with both the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers having bye weeks, some major action took place in the NFC. So, what’s the NFC and AFC playoff picture, and where are the Lions?

Let’s talk NFC first and then take a look at the AFC. One big game this weekend for the NFC was the Seattle Seahawks, who were totally clobbered by the Baltimore Ravens. Now, the Lions’ loss to the Ravens doesn’t look nearly as bad. This team is just on fire, and they tend to tear apart anyone in their way. Then, another hot game in the NFC was the Philadelphia Eagles against the Dallas Cowboys. This was a close one, but the Eagles pulled off a win. Finally, the Minnesota Vikings, even without their fearless leader Kirk Cousins, snagged another big win. When it comes to just the NFC North, the Lions are still on top, followed by the Vikings, Packers and Bears. Both the Vikings and Packers won last weekend, but those wins weren’t blowouts, by any means.

Now, looking at the AFC, this league also had some surprises over the weekend. For one, the Kansas City Chiefs totally annihilated the Miami Dolphins in Germany. So, the Chiefs are still on top, but the Ravens are close behind.

Also, to that guy who called me out on Facebook early in the season for not including the Buffalo Bills as one of the NFL’s top five teams, the Bills are now out of the top seven in the AFC after their latest loss. So, yeah, there you go, buddy. Jacksonville and Miami are still in the top four, and I have to say that Jacksonville is a sleeper hit this season.

Here are the current NFC and AFC standings and the playoff picture. Also, listen to my podcast, “The Squad with Anne Erickson,” here. There’s still one NFL game tonight, Los Angeles against New York, and then it’s time for Week 10.

  • NFC Standings

    Division leaders:

    Eagles: 8-1
    Lions: 6-2
    49ers: 5-3
    Saints: 5-4

    Wild Card race:

    Seahawks: 5-3
    Cowboys: 5-3
    Vikings: 5-4
    Commanders: 4-5
    Falcons: 4-5
    Buccaneers: 3-5
    Packers: 3-5
    Rams: 3-6

  • AFC Standings

    Division leaders:

    1. Kansas City (7-2)
    2. Baltimore (7-2)
    3. Jacksonville (6-2)
    4. Miami (6-3)

    Wild-Card race:

    5. Pittsburgh (5-3)
    6. Cleveland (5-3)
    7. Cincinnati (5-3)
    8. New York Jets (4-3)
    9. Buffalo (5-4)
    10. Houston (4-4)
    11. Indianapolis (4-5)
    12. Las Vegas (4-5)

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