NFL Playoff Picture: Patriots knock Titans out of No. 1 in AFC; Steelers falling behind in AFC North

Nick Gray
Nashville Tennessean

The Pittsburgh Steelers are falling behind in the AFC North after Sunday's loss at Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh, at 5-5-1, will finish the week outside the AFC's top 10 and have lost tiebreakers to the Chargers and Bengals.

Elsewhere, the Titans have lost the No. 1 seed in the AFC for now, with the Patriots matching them at 8-4 and earning the tiebreaker with Sunday's win in Foxborough.

Here's the full playoff picture, updating after Sunday's early afternoon games.

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AFC Playoff Picture

Division leaders

1. Baltimore Ravens (8-3, AFC North leader)

This week:  Won 13-10 vs. Cleveland

Remaining schedule:  at Pittsburgh, at Cleveland, vs. Green Bay, at Cincinnati, vs. LA Rams, vs. Pittsburgh


2. New England Patriots (8-4, AFC East leader)

This week:  Won 36-13 vs. Tennessee

Remaining schedule:  at Buffalo, at Indianapolis, vs. Buffalo, vs. Jacksonville, at Miami


3. Tennessee Titans (8-4, AFC South leader)

This week:  Lost 36-13 at New England

Remaining schedule:  vs. Jacksonville, at Pittsburgh, vs. San Francisco, vs. Miami, at Houston


4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4, AFC West leader)

This week:  OFF

Remaining schedule:  vs. Denver, vs. Las Vegas, at LA Chargers, vs. Pittsburgh, at Cincinnati, at Denver

Wild cards

5. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)

This week:  Won 41-10 vs. Pittsburgh

Remaining schedule:  vs. LA Chargers, vs. San Francisco, at Denver, vs. Baltimore, vs. Kansas City, at Cleveland


6. Buffalo Bills (7-4)

This week:  Won 31-6 at New Orleans

Remaining schedule:  vs. New England, at Tampa Bay, vs. Carolina, at New England, vs. Atlanta, vs. NY Jets


7. Los Angeles Chargers (6-5)

This week:  Lost 28-13 at Denver

Remaining schedule:  at Cincinnati, vs. NY Giants, vs. Kansas City, at Houston, vs. Denver, at Las Vegas

Outside looking in

8. Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)

This week:  Won 36-33 at Dallas

Remaining schedule:  vs. Washington, at Kansas City, at Cleveland, vs. Denver, at Indianapolis, vs. LA Charges


9. Denver Broncos (6-5)

This week:  Won 28-13 vs. LA Chargers

Remaining schedule:  at Kansas City, vs. Detroit, vs. Cincinnati, at Las Vegas, at LA Chargers, vs. Kansas City


10. Indianapolis Colts (6-6)

This week:  Lost 38-31 vs. Tampa Bay

Remaining schedule:  at Houston, vs. New England, at Arizona, vs. Las Vegas, at Jacksonville


11. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1)

This week:  Lost 41-10 at Cincinnati

Remaining schedule:  vs. Baltimore, at Minnesota, vs. Tennessee, at Kansas City, vs. Cleveland, at Baltimore


12. Cleveland Browns (6-6)

This week:  Lost 13-10 at Baltimore

Remaining schedule:  vs. Baltimore, vs. Las Vegas, at Green Bay, at Pittsburgh, vs. Cincinnati


13. Miami Dolphins (5-7)

This week:  Won 33-10 vs. Carolina

Remaining schedule:  vs. NY Giants, vs. NY Jets, at New Orleans, at Tennessee, vs. New England


14. New York Jets (3-8)

This week:  Won 21-14 at Houston

Remaining schedule:  vs. Philadelphia, vs. New Orleans, at Miami, vs. Jacksonville, vs. Tampa Bay, at Buffalo


15. Houston Texans (2-9)

This week:  Lost 21-14 vs. New York Jets

Remaining schedule:  vs. Indianapolis, vs. Seattle, at Jacksonville, vs. LA Chargers, at San Francisco, vs. Tennessee


16. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)

This week:  Lost 21-14 vs. Atlanta

Remaining schedule:  at LA Rams, at Tennessee, vs. Houston, at NY Jets, at New England, vs. Indianapolis


NFC playoff picture

Division leaders

1. Arizona Cardinals (9-2, NFC West leader)

This week:  OFF

Remaining schedule:  at Chicago, vs. LA Rams, at Detroit, vs. Indianapolis, at Dallas, vs. Seattle


2. Green Bay Packers (9-3, NFC North leader)

This week:  Won 36-28 vs. LA Rams

Remaining schedule:  vs. Chicago, at Baltimore, vs. Cleveland, vs. Minnesota, at Detroit


3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3, NFC South leader)

This week:  Won 38-31 at Indianapolis

Remaining schedule:  at Atlanta, vs. Buffalo, vs. New Orleans, at Carolina, at NY Jets, vs. Carolina


4. Dallas Cowboys (7-4, NFC East leader)

This week:  Lost 36-33 vs. Las Vegas

Remaining schedule:  at New Orleans, at Washington, at NY Giants, vs. Washington, vs. Arizona, at Philadelphia

Wild cards

5. Los Angeles Rams (7-4)

This week:  Lost 36-28 at Green Bay

Remaining schedule:  vs. Jacksonville, at Arizona, vs. Seattle, at Minnesota, at Baltimore, vs. San Francisco


6. San Francisco 49ers (6-5)

This week:  Won 34-26 vs. Minnesota

Remaining schedule:  at Seattle, at Cincinnati, vs. Atlanta, at Tennessee, vs. Houston, at LA Rams


7. Minnesota Vikings (5-6)

This week:  Lost 34-26 at San Francisco

Remaining schedule:  at Detroit, vs. Pittsburgh, at Chicago, vs. LA Rams, at Green Bay, vs. Chicago

Outside looking in

8. Atlanta Falcons (5-6)

This week:  Won 21-14 at Jacksonville

Remaining schedule:  vs. Tampa Bay, at Carolina, at San Francisco, vs. Detroit, at Buffalo, vs. New Orleans


9. New Orleans Saints (5-6)

This week:  Lost 31-6 vs. Buffalo

Remaining schedule:  vs. Dallas, at NY Jets, at Tampa Bay, vs. Miami, vs. Carolina, at Atlanta


10. Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)

This week:  Lost 13-7 at NY Giants

Remaining schedule:  at NY Jets, vs. Washington, vs. NY Giants, at Washington, vs. Dallas


11. Carolina Panthers (5-7)

This week:  Lost 33-10 at Miami

Remaining schedule:  vs. Atlanta, at Buffalo, vs. Tampa Bay, at New Orleans, at Tampa Bay


12. Washington Football Team (4-6)

This week:  vs. Seattle

Remaining schedule:  at Las Vegas, vs. Dallas, at Philadelphia, at Dallas, vs. Philadelphia, at NY Giants


13. New York Giants (4-7)

This week:   Won 13-7 vs. Philadelphia

Remaining schedule:  at Miami, at LA Chargers, vs. Dallas, at Philadelphia, at Chicago, vs. Washington


14. Chicago Bears (4-7)

This week:  Won 16-14 at Detroit

Remaining schedule:  vs. Arizona, at Green Bay, vs. Minnesota, at Seattle, vs. NY Giants, at Minnesota


15. Seattle Seahawks (3-7)

This week:  at Washington

Remaining schedule:  vs. San Francisco, at Houston, at LA Rams, vs. Chicago, vs. Detroit, at Arizona


16. Detroit Lions (0-10-1)

This week:  Lost 16-14 vs. Chicago

Remaining schedule:  vs. Minnesota, at Denver, vs. Arizona, at Atlanta, at Seattle, vs. Green Bay