The NFL playoffs standings heading into the Week 16 schedule has the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers as the top overall seeds in the AFC and NFC. Some of the division titles in both conferences have been clinched, while the NFC East could be decided by the Washington Redskins if they win over the Eagles on Saturday.
The AFC playoff picture has the Patriots in control at the top of the conference with a 12-2 record, while the Bengals are currently second. The Broncos lead the AFC West at third in the conference, while the Houston Texans have control of the AFC South. The Chiefs and Steelers are the current wild card teams at 9-5, while the Jets are also 9-5 and would be left out if all three teams finished 11-5.
The AFC conference standings are not settled yet, as the Bengals and Broncos will be playing on Monday night football. The NFC has the Carolina Panthers leading the way at 14-0 this season and they will try and stay undefeated against the Falcons. The Panthers have the NFC South title wrapped up and a first round by clinched, while the Arizona Cardinals have already clinched the NFC West.
The Panthers and Cardinals are the top two seeds in the conference, while the Green Bay Packers are third leading the NFC North. The Packers have clinched a playoff spot, while the Redskins can clinch the NFC East with a win on Saturday night. The Seahawks and the Vikings have the wild card spots right now and the Seahawks have already clinched a playoff spot.
The Patriots have won the AFC East, while the AFC North is still not clinched with the Bengals leading the Steelers by two games. The Texans control the AFC South after winning over the Colts and they can take the division if they win out. The Broncos lead the Chiefs, but Kansas City is just one game back in the AFC West standings after winning eight games in a row.
The Redskins are in position to clinch the NFC East, but if they lose the Eagles will have a chance for the division title. The Giants need some help and need to win to even have a chance, while the NFC South has gone to the Panthers and the West to the Cardinals. The North is still not clinched, but the Packers have control of things while leading the Vikings.