NFL overtime rules and procedures

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When a NFL game ends in a tie, the game continues with overtime.

Overtime commences with a coin toss. The visiting team captain calls the toss. The winner of the toss can choose whether to receive the kick or to kick off, or the team winning the toss can choose which goal to defend.

If the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on the kickoff return or the ensuing possession, the game is over and that team has won the game. There is no one- or two-point conversion attempt.

If the team that receives the opening kickoff does not score a touchdown or a field goal on its initial possession, the next team to score wins the game.

If the team that receives the opening kickoff is tackled in the end zone for a safety, the game is over and the second team has won the game.

If the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a field goal on the initial possession, the second team receives an opportunity to possess the ball.

If after the first team scores a field goal the second team scores a touchdown, the game is over and the second team has won the game. There is no one- or two-point conversion attempt.

If after the first team scores a field goal the second team scores a field goal, the next team to score wins the game.

If after the first team scores a field goal the second team fails to score during its possession, the game is over and the first team has won.

If after the first team scores a field goal the second team loses possession by interception or fumble, the play continues until its conclusion. For example, the first team can return the ball for a touchdown, winning by nine points. Or the first team can lose possession during the return, the second team can recover the ball, and the second team can return it for a touchdown, winning the game.

Possession means simply an opportunity to possess the ball. An onside kick or a muffed kickoff recovery or a live ball recovered by the kicking team constitutes an opportunity to possess.

In the regular season, overtime continues for up to 10 minutes of clock time. If the game remains tied after the extra 10 minutes, the game ends in a tie. Both teams have two time outs, and the two-minute warning applies.

In the postseason, the initial overtime period proceeds for 15 minutes. If the game remains tied after the initial 15-minute period, another 15-minute period begins, and so on until the game ends.

After a second 15-minute overtime period, the third period begins like the third quarter of a normal game, with a new kickoff. Both teams have three time outs for each two quarters of postseason overtime.

NFL Week 13 early inactives: Allen Robinson out for Bears

NFL: DEC 27 Bears at Jaguars
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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information.

The Cardinals have wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins back in the lineup for Sunday’s game, but the Bears will remain without their top wideout. Allen Robinson is inactive with a hamstring injury.

He was listed as doubtful on Friday, so there wasn’t much hope that he would be able to play. It’s the third straight game that Robinson has missed and quarterback Andy Dalton will have to find other options as he tries to lead Chicago to an upset at Soldier Field on Sunday.

While Robinson is out, rookie tackle Teven Jenkins is active for the Bears for the first time this season.

Cardinals at Bears

Cardinals: WR Andy Isabella, QB Trace McSorely, DB Jace Whittaker, G Justin Pugh

Bears: WR Allen Robinson, QB Justin Fields, CB Teez Tabor, WR Marquise Goodwin, DL Akiem Hicks, DE Mario Edwards Jr.

Eagles at Jets

Eagles: QB Jalen Hurts, RB Jordan Howard, DT Marlon Tuipulotu, DB Kary Vincent Jr., CB Tay Gowan, CB Mac McCain

Jets: RB La'Mical Perine, TE Trevon Wesco, OL Isaiah Williams, DL Tim Ward, DL Sheldon Rankins, CB Rachad Wildgoose, S Jarrod Wilson

Buccaneers at Falcons

Buccaneers: S Jordan Whitehead, WR Jaelon Darden, DL Steve McLendon, QB Kyle Trask

Falcons: DE Jonathan Bullard, RB Wayne Gallman, DL John Cominsky, OL Josh Andrews, LB James Vaughters, DL Mike Pennel

Colts at Texans

Colts: DL Ben Banogu, T Julien Davenport, RB Marlon Mack, WR Mike Strachan

Texans: QB Deshaun Watson, RB David Johnson, S Terrence Brooks, OL Justin McCray, TE Jeff Driskel, LB Zach Cunningham, TE Jordan Akins

Chargers at Bengals

Chargers: CB Asante Samuel Jr., S Alohi Gilman, QB Easton Stick, OL Senio Kelemete, RB Gabe Nabers

Bengals: C Trey Hopkins, T Riley Reiff, HB Chris Evans, WR Mike Thomas, CB Darius Phillips, DE Khalid Kareem, DT Tyler Shelvin

Vikings at Lions

Vikings: QB Kellen Mond, RB Dalvin Cook, WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, T Christian Darrisaw, LB Eric Kendricks, LB Anthony Barr, S Cam Bynum

Lions: RB D’Andre Swift, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, T Matt Nelson, DT John Penisini, CB Bobby Price, QB David Blough, WR Trinity Benson

Giants at Dolphins

Giants: QB Daniel Jones, CB Adoree’ Jackson, WR Kadarius Toney, WR Sterling Shepard, LB Oshane Ximines, G Wes Martin

Dolphins: CB Trill Williams, S Brandon Jones, RB Phillip Lindsay, DE Darius Hodge, TE Adam Shaheen, NT John Jenkins

NFL Week 13 injury report roundup: Asante Samuel Jr. remains out for Chargers

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Week 13 of the 2021 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Cowboys and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

Chargers at Bengals

Chargers rookie CB Asante Samuel Jr. (concussion) will not be on hand to help defend against the Bengals’ high-powered offense on Sunday. S Alohi Gilman (quad) is also out this weekend.

The Bengals put doubtful tags on RB Chris Evans (ankle), DE Khalid Kareem (illness), WR Auden Tate (calf), and WR Mike Thomas (illness). C Trey Hopkins (ankle) and T Riley Reiff (ankle) have questionable designations and a better chance of playing.

Eagles at Jets

QB Jalen Hurts (ankle) expressed confidence that he’ll play this week, but the Eagles listed him as questionable. RB Boston Scott (illness) got the same tag and RB Jordan Howard (knee) is out.

DT Sheldon Rankins (knee) and TE Trevon Wesco (ankle) are doubtful to be in the Jets’ lineup this weekend. WR Corey Davis (groin), DT Folorunso Fatukasi (back), DE John Franklin-Myers (hip), T Morgan Moses (knee), and LB Quincy Williams (calf) were listed as questionable.

Buccaneers at Falcons 

The Buccaneers won’t have WR Jaelon Darden (concussion) or S Jordan Whitehead (calf) in Atlanta. CB Jamel Dean (shoulder), G Ali Marpet (abdomen), and LB Devin White (quad) make up the team’s questionable contingent.

DE Jonathan Bullard (ankle) is out and is the only Falcons player with an injury designation.

Colts at Texans

Colts DT DeForest Buckner (knee, foot), TE Jack Doyle (knee), and S Andrew Sendejo (calf) are all listed as questionable for the trip to Houston.

WR Danny Amendola (knee), S Terrence Brooks (hamstring), C Justin McCray (concussion), DE DeMarcus Walker (hamstring), and QB Deshaun Watson (not injury related – personal matter) will not play for the Texans. WR Chris Conley (illness), WR Brandin Cooks (illness), DE Jonathan Greenard (foot), RB David Johnson (illness, thigh), DT Roy Lopez (illness), and C Cole Toner (illness) could play after being listed as questionable.

Vikings at Lions

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder) was never expected to play this week and he was formally ruled out on Friday. S Camryn Bynum (ankle) and T Christian Darrisaw (ankle) will also be out of the lineup. CB Mackensie Alexander (ribs), LB Anthony Barr (knee, hamstring), and LB Eric Kendricks (biceps) are listed as questionable.

The Lions are also down a back with RB D'Andre Swift (shoulder) ruled out. LB Trey Flowers (knee), CB Bobby Price (shoulder), and LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (shoulder) will join him on the sideline. DE Michael Brockers (knee), T Matt Nelson (ankle), and T Penei Sewell (illness, shoulder) are considered questionable for the NFC North clash.

Giants at Dolphins

QB Daniel Jones (neck) is out and Mike Glennon will start for the Giants, who are also set to be without WR Sterling Shepard (quad) and WR Kadarius Toney (quad, oblique) after listing them as doubtful. LB Trent Harris (ankle), CB Adoree' Jackson (quadricep), and TE Kaden Smith (knee) were ruled out along with Jones and the Giants later placed Harris and Smith on injured reserve. FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), WR John Ross (illness, quadricep), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), and T Nate Solder (elbow) are listed as questionable.

Dolphins LB Jaelan Phillips (hip) is listed as questionable and head coach Brian Flores expressed confidence that he’ll play on Sunday. S Brandon Jones (ankle, elbow) is also listed as questionable and three players — RB Phillip Lindsay (ankle), TE Adam Shaheen (knee), and CB Trill Williams (hamstring) — are listed as doubtful.

Cardinals at Bears

WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) and QB Kyler Murray (ankle) are set to be gametime decisions for the Cardinals. G Justin Pugh (calf) and CB Byron Murphy (foot) are also listed as questionable while S James Wiggins (knee) has been ruled out.

Bears QB Justin Fields (ribs) is listed as doubtful, so Andy Dalton will start again for the Bears. WR Allen Robinson (hamstring) has the same listing, so he’s set to miss a third straight game. DT Mario Edwards (ribs), WR Marquise Goodwin (foot, ribs), DT Akiem Hicks (ankle), and RB Damien Williams (calf) are all out. LB Roquan Smith (hamstring) is the lone questionable Bear this weekend.

Washington at Raiders

S Landon Collins (foot), RB J.D. McKissic (concussion), and G Wes Schweitzer (ankle) will not play for Washington. G Ereck Flowers (foot), C Tyler Larsen (knee), WR Curtis Samuel (groin), and TE Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) are listed as questionable.

The Raiders don’t expect TE Darren Waller (back, knee) to play after listing him as doubtful. WR DeSean Jackson (calf), RB Josh Jacobs (ankle), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (ankle), and CB Keisean Nixon (ankle) are listed as questionable while DE Carl Nassib (knee) and LB Patrick Onwuasor (hamstring) are out.

Jaguars at Rams

Jaguars CB Shaquill Griffin (concussion) won’t play on Sunday and RB James Robinson (heel, knee) is listed as questionable.

Rams head coach Sean McVay would be “surprised” if WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hip) doesn’t play, but he’s officially listed as questionable. T Rob Havenstein (foot), RB Darrell Henderson (thigh), and CB David Long (illness) are also considered questionable while RB Buddy Howell (thigh) will not play.

Ravens at Steelers

CB Marlon Humphrey (illness) missed a second straight practice before the Ravens listed him as questionable on Friday. CB Anthony Averett (shoulder, ankle), TE Nick Boyle (knee), LB Jaylon Ferguson (illness), G Patrick Mekari (ankle), LB Odafe Oweh (shoulder), LB Patrick Queen (ribs), FB Patrick Ricard (foot, thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (neck, ankle), CB Chris Westry (thigh), and CB Tavon Young (illness) are also in the questionable category. WR Miles Boykin (finger) is listed as doubtful and T Cedric Ogbuehi (thigh) was ruled out before being waived with an injury designation.

CB Joe Haden (foot) is out for the Steelers again this weekend. DE Isaiah Buggs (ankle) is also ruled out, but the rest of the Steelers are ready to go.

49ers at Seahawks

LB Dre Greenlaw (groin), DT Maurice Hurst (calf), WR Deebo Samuel (groin) and RB Trey Sermon (ankle) will not play for the 49ers on Sunday. LB Fred Warner (hamstring) is listed as doubtful and LB Marcell Harris (concussion) is listed as questionable.

Three Seahawks running backs — Alex Collins (abdomen), Travis Homer (calf), and Rashaad Penny (hamstring) — are listed as questionable. G Damien Lewis (elbow, not injury related – medical) is their only doubtful player this week.

Broncos at Chiefs

The Broncos are set to be without RB Melvin Gordon (shoulder, hip) on Sunday night after listing him as doubtful. T Garett Bolles (ankle), LB Jonathon Cooper (neck), CB Nate Hairston (hip), DE Shelby Harris (ankle), T Bobby Massie (ankle), G Quinn Meinerz (knee), and G Dalton Risner (back) are all listed as questionable.

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) is listed as questionable after missing Friday’s practice, but head coach Andy Reid expects him to play. CB Rashad Fenton (knee) and T Lucas Niang (ribs) have been ruled out.

PFT’s NFL Week 13 2021 picks

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MDS is pulling away.

We disagreed on three games last week. And he was right on each of them. He went 11-4. I was 8-7.

For the year, I’m now at 109-70-1. MDS is 113-66-1.

This week, we disagree on only one game. So, basically, I will be five behind him next week.

Cowboys (-4.5) at Saints

MDS’s take: Taysom Hill is likely to start at quarterback for the Saints, but their problems go deeper than Trevor Siemian. The Cowboys will rebound from their tough Thanksgiving loss with a big win.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 28, Saints 17.

Florio’s take: The Saints haven’t lost five in a row during Sean Payton’s entire tenure as coach. It’s hard to imagine it happening, but they’re currently overmatched due to injuries and the retirement of Drew Brees.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 30, Saints 21.


Vikings (-7) at Lions

MDS’s take: The Lions nearly earned their first victory of the season the first time these teams met, but this time I’m not expecting them to put up much of a fight.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 30, Lions 20.

Florio’s take: The dream in Minnesota of 9-8 and a one-and-done playoff berth still lives, at least for another week.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 31, Lions 17.


Cardinals (-8) at Bears

MDS’s take: The Bears didn’t fire Matt Nagy, but they look like a team that is going to need some major changes. The Cardinals are vying for the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and they’ll take care of business in Chicago.

MDS’s pick: Cardinals 30, Bears 20.

Florio’s take: The Cardinals are getting their best players back, just in time to make a push for the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Florio’s pick: Cardinals 34, Bears 20.


Buccaneers (-10.5) at Falcons

MDS’s take: The Falcons are worse than their 5-6 record would suggest. The Bucs won by 23 when these teams played earlier in the season, and I see a similar score this time.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 31, Falcons 10.

Florio’s take: The Bucs are a different team away from home. They’re good enough to win this one, however.

Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 27, Falcons 20.


Broncos (+9) at Chiefs

MDS’s take: This is the Broncos’ last, best chance to put themselves in position to win the AFC West. I think they’re going to fall short.

MDS’s pick: Chiefs 24, Broncos 21.

Florio’s take: The Chiefs have the division lead in hand, and the No. 1 seed within their grasp.

Florio’s pick: Chiefs 31, Broncos 21.


Colts (-9.5) at Texans

MDS’s take: The Texans’ defense is playing well enough that they’ll force Carson Wentz into some mistakes, but the Texans’ offense isn’t going to do much of anything.

MDS’s pick: Colts 14, Texans 10.

Florio’s take: The Colts are much better than the Texans right now. Sometimes, it’s that simple.

Florio’s pick: Colts 24, Texans 13.


Eagles (-6.5) at Jets

MDS’s take: The Eagles blew a huge opportunity against one New York team last week. They’ll do much better against the other New York team.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 27, Jets 10.

Florio’s take: The Eagles need to get back on track. Fortunately, they’re facing a team that will let them.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Jets 17.


Chargers (+3) at Bengals

MDS’s take: The Bengals are heading in the right direction and going to be a dangerous team the rest of the season. Beating the Chargers represents a big step toward the playoffs.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 27, Chargers 20.

Florio’s take: Cincinnati is making a push to the postseason. The Chargers are too inconsistent to stand in their way.

Florio’s pick: Bengals 30, Chargers 23.


Giants (+5) at Dolphins

MDS’s take: The Dolphins have followed a seven-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak. I think it will prove to be too little, too late to make the playoffs, but they’ll keep the streak going against the Giants.

MDS’s pick: Dolphins 27, Giants 20.

Florio’s take: The Dolphins are soaring. The Giants, despite an unlikely win over the Eagles, are still reeling — especially if Daniel Jones won’t be playing.

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 24, Giants 17.


Washington (+2) at Raiders

MDS’s take: Washington surprisingly finds itself in playoff contention after an ugly start to the season, but the Raiders’ passing game will be too much for Washington’s suspect defense.

MDS’s pick: Raiders 30, Washington 20.

Florio’s take: Former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio may know a thing or two about defending against Derek Carr. Del Rio also has plenty of reasons to get back at the team that cast aside the only coach who has taken the team to the playoffs since 2002 for a failed reunion with Jon Gruden.

Florio’s pick: Washington 23, Raiders 20.


Ravens (-4.5) at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Ravens are heading toward the No. 1 seed in the AFC and the Steelers are heading toward last place in the AFC North.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 27, Steelers 17.

Florio’s take: Mike Tomlin is trying to will maximum effort from his players. Will it be enough?

Florio’s pick: Ravens 24, Steelers 21.


Jaguars (+12.5) at Rams

MDS’s take: Matthew Stafford has been struggling for a month, but the Jaguars’ secondary stinks. The Rams will put plenty of points on the board and win easily.

MDS’s pick: Rams 33, Jaguars 13.

Florio’s take: If the Rams lose this one, maybe they should have kept Jared Goff.

Florio’s pick: Rams 38, Jaguars 17.


49ers (-3.5) at Seahawks

MDS’s take: The 49ers have come on strong of late while the Seahawks have stumbled. These teams are heading in opposite directions.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 27, Seahawks 21.

Florio’s take: Based on their recent performances, this one could be uglier than their recent performances.

Florio’s pick: 49ers 20, Seahawks 13.


Patriots (+3) at Bills

MDS’s take: The Patriots have been the best team in the NFL for the last six weeks, and I don’t see that changing in Buffalo. New England takes a major step toward winning the AFC East.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 24, Bills 20.

Florio’s take: It’s all falling together perfectly for the Patriots.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 27, Bills 23.

PFT’s Week 13 2021 power rankings

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1. Cardinals (9-2, last week No. 1): Their biggest concern during the bye week is whether their coach will bid farewell and return to the Big 12.

2. Patriots (8-4, No. 2): So, who will they play in the Super Bowl?

3. Packers (9-3, No. 4): Broken toe, COVID toe, camel toe. None of those are going to slow down Aaron Rodgers.

4. Buccaneers (8-3, No. 5): A year after Bruce Arians gave Leonard Fournette an ultimatum, Fournette has given Tampa Bay a critical road win.

5. Ravens (8-3, No. 7): Only a great team can overcome four interceptions by its quarterback and win.

6. Chiefs (7-4, No. 8): Can they have the same kind of post-bye surge that the Bucs enjoyed a year ago?

7. Rams (7-4, No. 3): The Greatest Show-offs on Turf may be shown the door early in the 2021 postseason, if they even get there.

8. Cowboys (7-4, No. 6): Since beating the Vikings with Cooper Rush, the Cowboys are 1-3.

9. Bills (7-4, No. 11): If the Bills are going to win the division, they’re going to have to earn it with a couple of games coming up against the Patriots.

10. Titans (8-4, No. 9): Their bye couldn’t come at a better time.

11. Bengals (7-4, No. 12): The Bengals may be the best overall team in the AFC North.

12. Colts (6-6, No. 10): Every other playoff team in the AFC should hope and pray that the Colts don’t qualify.

13. 49ers (6-5, No. 16): Every other playoff team in the NFC should hope and pray that the 49ers don’t qualify

14. Raiders (6-5, No. 21): They’ll possibly win just enough games to barely miss the playoffs.

15. Vikings (5-6, No. 13): They’ll possibly win just enough games to barely miss the playoffs.

16. Broncos (6-5, No. 23): They’ll possibly win just enough games to barely miss the playoffs.

17. Chargers (6-5, No. 14): They’ll possibly win just enough games to barely miss the playoffs.

18. Steelers (5-5-1, No. 15): They definitely won’t win just enough games to barely miss the playoffs.

19. Browns (6-6, No. 17): The Browns is the Browns all over again.

20. Washington (5-6, No. 22): Ron Rivera could be earning his third coach of the year award.

21. Falcons (5-6, No. 24): Cordarrelle Patterson isn’t an MVP candidate, but few players are currently more valuable to their teams.

22. Saints (5-6, No. 18): When “who dat?” becomes “boo dat!”, things are getting a little desperate in the Superdome.

23. Dolphins (5-7, No. 25): Coincidentally (or not), the conclusion of the Deshaun Watson talk has allowed Tua Tagovailoa to reach a higher level of performance.

24. Panthers (5-7, No. 19): Things change fast in the NFL; after beating the Cardinals to get to .500, the Panthers are imploding.

25. Eagles (5-7, No. 20): The table was set. Now? Not.

26. Giants (4-7, No. 27): They finally won a game when retiring the jersey of a Super Bowl-era hero. They won’t have to worry about playing another game like that for a long time.

27. Bears (4-7, No. 28): The institutional mishandling of the Matt Nagy report from last week made his ability to get a Thanksgiving victory even more impressive.

28. Jets (3-8, No. 31): Both New York teams winning in the same window is officially a sign of the apocalypse.

29. Seahawks (3-8, No. 26): Jamal Adams may soon want to be traded back to the Jets.

30. Texans (2-9, No. 29): Will David Culley be one and done?

31. Jaguars (2-9, No. 30): Will Urban Meyer be one and done?

32. Lions (0-10-1, No. 32): Will Dan Campbell be one and done?

Week 13 NFC playoff picture: Status quo on top, but changes in the Wild Card race

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Week 12 ended with Washington beating Seattle 17-15 on Monday night and that win led to a change in the makeup of the Wild Card race in the NFC.

Washington’s third straight win has lifted them to the No. 7 position in the conference with six weeks left in the regular season. They also dug themselves out of a deep hole to win the NFC East last year, so it’s a familiar path for Ron Rivera’s team to follow during the stretch run this year.

Sunday also saw the 49ers jump up to a Wild Card spot by beating the Vikings, who opened play as the No. 6 seed and will now need to win and get help to climb back into a  playoff spot. The Saints also tumbled out of playoff position when they lost to the Bills on Thanksgiving, but they join several other teams that still have life in a very tight race for Wild Card spots in the NFC.

There weren’t any changes in the races for divisional titles and here’s how everything shakes out heading into Week 13:

1. Cardinals (9-2) They hope to have quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins back as they try to close out the year with a top seed and bye in the first round of the playoffs.

2. Packers (9-3) Quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ toe may be painful, but his play remained sharp and he’ll now get some rest during the Packers’ bye week.

3. Buccaneers (8-3) A strong second half lifted them to a win over the Colts and beating Atlanta this weekend would put them on the doorstep of clinching the division.

4. Cowboys (7-4) They expect to have several players back in the lineup this Thursday as they try to snap a two-game losing streak and solidify their NFC East lead heading into the final weeks of the season.

5. Rams (7-4) Unlike the Cowboys, they don’t have reinforcements on the way to help them end their own losing streak but they shouldn’t need them to right the ship against the Jaguars.

6. 49ers (6-5) Their running game has propelled them to three straight wins and they’ll try to keep things rolling against the reeling Seahawks this weekend.

7. Washington (5-6) Five NFC East games in the final five weeks will likely decide their fate, but the Raiders are up first this weekend.

8. Vikings (5-6) The schedule offers them a golden opportunity to rebound by sending them to Detroit this weekend.

9. Falcons (5-6) They haven’t beaten a team that currently has a winning record this season and that will likely have to change this weekend for the Falcons to harbor serious playoff hopes.

10. Saints (5-6) Four straight losses have the team set to make a quarterback change in an attempt to salvage their season.

11. Eagles (5-7) A sloppy offensive performance sunk them against the Giants, but they’ll be back at the Meadowlands this weekend with a chance to rebound against the Jets.

12. Panthers (5-7) Christian McCaffrey‘s latest injury and Cam Newton‘s putrid performance over the weekend have the Panthers trending the wrong way entering their bye week.

13. Giants (4-7) The offense didn’t take leaps and bounds without fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, but they got a win that keeps some hope alive in Jersey.

14. Bears (4-7) While head coach Matt Nagy didn’t get fired after squeezing past the Lions, the outlook doesn’t look much brighter after the Thanksgiving victory.

15. Seahawks (3-8) It’s now three straight losses since quarterback Russell Wilson returned to the lineup and the Seahawks are just about out of lives.

16. Lions (0-10-1) If the Seahawks keep going on their current path, Week 17 in Seattle may offer them their best chance at a win this season.

Week 13 AFC playoff picture: Ravens move to No. 1 after Sunday night win

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The Ravens survived four Lamar Jackson interceptions in a 16-10 win over the Browns on Sunday night and the win has moved them up to the top spot in the AFC playoff picture heading into Week 13.

Baltimore got the boost thanks to their win and the Patriots’ victory over the Titans, who have lost two in a row to drop out of the top seed. They still hold a comfortable lead in the division thanks to the Colts’ loss to the Buccaneers and they’ll hope that the bye week is restorative for a team that’s beat up on multiple fronts right now.

Outside of the top spot, the biggest changes occurred just outside of the playoff picture. Wins by the Broncos and Raiders lifted them up the ranks and leave them with a shot of moving into playoff position if things break right for them this week.

Here’s a look at how all the teams in the AFC stack up:

1. Ravens (8-3) With the Steelers and Browns on tap the next two weeks, the Ravens can both help themselves and deliver fatal blows to the hopes of their division rivals with victories.

2. Patriots (8-4) Their hot streak continued at home against the Titans, which sets up a marquee AFC East matchup for next Monday night in Buffalo.

3. Titans (8-4) The bye week and a Week 14 game against the Jaguars gives hope that the Titans can get back on the right track in time for the final playoff push.

4. Chiefs (7-4) They stayed put during their bye week and will try to start making a run at the top seed against the Broncos on Sunday night.

5. Bengals (7-4) Sunday’s rout of the Steelers keeps the pressure on the Ravens in the race for the AFC North title.

6. Bills (7-4) Beating the Saints has them breathing a little easier, but no one in Buffalo will feel comfortable if they can’t beat the Patriots next Monday.

7. Chargers (6-5) A flop in Denver in Sunday leaves them with a loose grip on a Wild Card spot as they prepare for a road game in Cincinnati this week.

8. Broncos (6-5) They’ll need a repeat of Sunday’s defensive performance if they’re going to leave Kansas City with a win on Sunday night.

9. Raiders (6-5) After beating the Cowboys amid a flurry of penalty flags on Thanksgiving, the Raiders will try to keep moving in the right direction against Washington at home.

10. Colts (6-6) Blowing a 10-point halftime lead to the Buccaneers led to a loss on Sunday, but the Colts can get right against the Texans before resting in Week 14.

11. Browns (6-6) The good news is that the Browns and their battered quarterback Baker Mayfield can rest this week, but the bad news is that a 3-5 mark in their last eight games has them steadily moving in the wrong direction on the playoff front.

12. Steelers (5-5-1) Is it likelier that the Steelers make the playoffs or wind up with their first losing record in head coach Mike Tomlin’s tenure?

13. Dolphins (5-7) They’ve won four straight games and have the Giants and Jets sandwiched around a Week 14 bye, so they’re not counting themselves out of the race at this point.

14. Jets (3-8) Sunday’s win over the Texans does more for the draft order than the playoff picture, but the Jets still have time to move back toward the top pick.

15. Texans (2-9) Their Week 11 win over the Titans feels like even more of a head-scratcher after Sunday’s loss to the Jets.

16. Jaguars (2-9) The Lions will make it difficult for any other team to grab the No. 1 overall pick, but the Jaguars have done their best at making a run at it for the second year in a row.

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NFL: NOV 14 Jaguars at Colts
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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information.

The Colts are trying to keep their recent hot streak going against the Buccaneers on Sunday and they’ll do it with the help of two key players who were listed as questionable. Linebacker Darius Leonard and guard Quenton Nelson are both dealing with ankle injuries, but neither one hit the inactive list.

Tampa will also have the two starters that they listed as questionable. Defensive tackle Vita Vea (knee) and linebacker Devin White (quad) will be active as the Bucs try to build off last week’s rout of the Giants.

Buccaneers at Colts

Buccaneers: WR Antonio Brown, G Ali Marpet, DB Andrew Adams, QB Kyle Trask, RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn

Colts: WR Mike Strachan, RB Marlon Mack, T Julien Davenport, OL Will Fries, DT Antwaun Woods

Steelers at Bengals

Steelers: CB Joe Haden, QB Dwayne Haskins, LB Buddy Johnson, TE Kevin Rader, DT Isaiah Buggs

Bengals: WR Trenton Irwin, WR Auden Tate, CB Vernon Hargreaves, OL Fred Johnson, TE Mitchell Wilcox, DT Tyler Shelvin

Panthers at Dolphins

Panthers: WR Terrace Marshall, QB Matt Barkley, S Kenny Robinson, CB Rashaan Melvin, LB Kamal Martin, TE Colin Thompson

Dolphins: TE Adam Shaheen, DB Trill Williams, S Brandon Jones, S Will Parks, LB Darius Hodge, DL John Jenkins

Titans at Patriots

Titans: G Nate Davis, LB Rashaan Evans, LB David Long, RB Jeremy McNichols, DL Teair Tart, LB Ola Adeniyi, CB Greg Mabin

Patriots: TE Devin Asiasi, OL Yasir Durant, LB Ronnie Perkins, QB Jarrett Stidham, RB J.J. Taylor

Eagles at Giants

Eagles: RB Jordan Howard, DT Marlon Tuipulotu, CB Tay Gowan, CB Kary Vincent, QB Reid Sinnett, CB Mac McCain

Giants: WR Sterling Shepard, TE Kaden Smith, TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Kadarius Toney, FB Cullen Gillaspia, G Wes Martin

Falcons at Jaguars

Falcons: DL Jonathan Bullard, DB Kendall Sheffield, LB Deion Jones, DL John Cominsky, DL Mike Penne

Jaguars: CB Shaquill Griffin, LB Dakota Allen, OL KC McDermott, TE Jacob Hollister, TE Luke Farrell, EDGE Jordan Smith

Jets at Texans

Jets: WR Corey Davis, RB La’Mical Perine, CB Rachad Wildgoose, DL Jonathan Marshall, DL Tim Ward, S Jarrod Wilson, OL Isaiah Williams

Texans: QB Deshaun Watson, DL Jordan Jenkins, S Justin Reid, TE Jeff Driskel, CB Cre'von LeBlanc, TE Jordan Akins, WR Davion Davis

NFL Week 12 injury report roundup: Darius Leonard, Quenton Nelson questionable for Colts

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Week 12 of the 2021 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with wins by the Bears, Raiders, and Bills and it continues with 11 more games on Sunday, which means that the 22 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

Buccaneers at Colts

WR Antonio Brown (ankle) is going to miss another game for the Buccaneers. G Ali Marpet (abdomen) is listed as doubtful while DL Vita Vea (knee) and LB Devin White (quad) are listed as questionable.

Colts LB Darius Leonard (ankle) and G Quenton Nelson (ankle) are both listed as questionable after full practices on Friday.

Steelers at Bengals

Steelers LB T.J. Watt (hip, knee) doesn’t have an injury designation after missing last Sunday’s game. CB Joe Haden (foot) also sat out last Sunday and is listed as questionable for this weekend. C J.C. Hassenauer (pectoral) and TE Eric Ebron (knee) have been ruled out.

WR Auden Tate (thigh) is the only Bengals player with an injury designation. He’s listed as doubtful, so he’ll likely miss Sunday’s game.

Panthers at Dolphins

G John Miller (ankle) is considered to be doubtful to play for the Panthers, but no other players landed injury designations.

DB Elijah Campbell (toe, knee), TE Adam Shaheen (knee), and CB Trill Williams (hamstring) won’t play for the Dolphins. S Brandon Jones (ankle, elbow) is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Titans at Patriots

WR A.J. Brown (chest) G Nate Davis (concussion), LB Rashaan Evans (ankle), LB David Long (hamstring), RB Jeremy McNichols (concussion), and DL Teair Tart (ankle) have all been ruled out for the Titans. LB Jayon Brown (quad), CB Greg Mabin (ankle), TE Geoff Swaim (concussion), and DB Elijah Molden (groin) make up the team’s questionable group.

TE Jonnu Smith (shoulder), TE Hunter Henry (neck) DL Christian Barmore (knee), T Trent Brown (calf), P Jake Bailey (knee), LB Ja'whaun Bentley (ribs), K Nick Folk (knee), RB Damien Harris (neck), LB Dont'a Hightower (ankle), and RB Rhamondre Stevenson (knee) are all listed as questionable for the Patriots.

Eagles at Giants

Eagles CB Darius Slay is set to play after being cleared from the concussion protocol. RB Jordan Howard (knee) is out and CB Tay Gowan (quad) is listed as questionable.

WR Sterling Shepard (quad) is out for the Giants again this weekend and WR Kadarius Toney (quad) is expected to miss the game after drawing a doubtful tag. FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), and TE Kaden Smith (knee) are also out. TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) joins Toney in the doubtful category while RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) and WR John Ross (quad) are considered questionable.

Falcons at Jaguars

RB Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) and LB Deion Jones (shoulder) are questionable for the Falcons. DL Jonathan Bullard (ankle) and DB Kendall Sheffield (hamstring) are out.

The Jaguars won’t have CB Shaquill Griffin (concussion), but everyone else on the active roster is set to play.

Jets at Texans

Jets WR Corey Davis (groin) is listed as questionable, but head coach Robert Saleh said he expects him to play. DL Folorunso Fatukasi (foot), DL John Franklin-Myers (hip), DE Shaq Lawson (wrist), LB C.J. Mosley (shoulder), and DL Nathan Shepherd (elbow) are also in the questionable group. RB Michael Carter (ankle) isn’t going to play this week.

DL Jordan Jenkins (knee) and QB Deshaun Watson (not injury related) are out for the Texans. WR Nico Collins (hip), WR Davion Davis (illness), DL Jonathan Greenard (foot), and DB Lonnie Johnson Jr. (illness, foot) are listed as questionable.

Chargers at Broncos

S Alohi Gilman (quad) and CB Asante Samuel Jr. (concussion) are out for the Chargers this weekend. G Matt Feiler (ankle) and DB Trey Marshall (ankle, hip) are listed as questionable.

LB Bradley Chubb (ankle) remains on injured reserve for the Broncos, but head coach Vic Fangio said he’s “50-50” to play on Sunday. S Kareem Jackson (neck) and T Bobby Massie (ankle) are listed as doubtful to play. RB Mike Boone (hip), DE Shelby Harris (ankle), and WR Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring) make up the team’s questionable group.

Vikings at 49ers

G Wyatt Davis (ankle) is out for the Vikings and CB Bashaud Breeland (groin) is listed as questionable.

The 49ers ruled RB JaMycal Hasty (ankle) and DL Maurice Hurst (calf) out for Sunday. RB Elijah Mitchell (rib, finger) is also on track to miss the game after being listed as doubtful.

Rams at Packers

Rams CB Dont’e Deayon (thigh) and WR Ben Skowronek (back) are listed as questionable.

QB Aaron Rodgers (toe) missed practice all week, but is set to start for the Packers. RB Aaron Jones (knee), LB Rashan Gary (elbow), and WR Allen Lazard (shoulder) are listed as questionable. T David Bakhtiari (knee) and WR Malik Taylor (abdomen) are out and CB Kevin King (hip, knee) is set to join them after drawing a doubtful tag.

Browns at Ravens

QB Baker Mayfield (left shoulder, foot, groin) is set to start for the Browns after a pair of full practices to close out the week. WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) and CB Troy Hill (neck) is listed as questionable while WR Anthony Schwartz (concussion) has been ruled out.

Ravens DL Calais Campbell (concussion) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable. WR Miles Boykin (finger) and T Cedric Ogbuehi (thigh) have been ruled out. CB Anthony Averett (thigh), WR Marquise Brown (thigh), T Patrick Mekari (ankle), FB Patrick Ricard (hip, foot), CB Jimmy Smith (neck), CB Chris Westry (thigh), DT Brandon Williams (shoulder), and CB Tavon Young (foot, knee) join Campbell in the questionable category.

Andre Johnson, DeMarcus Ware among Hall of Fame semifinalists

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 26 modern era players who are semifinalists for election to the Hall in 2022.

The group includes seven players who are eligible for the Hall for the first time. That group is highlighted by wide receiver Andre Johnson and edge rusher DeMarcus Ware. It also includes wide receiver Anquan Boldin, kick returner Devin Hester, edge rusher Robert Mathis, wide receiver Steve Smith, and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.

Running back Eddie George is a semifinalist for the first time in his third year of eligibility. Special teams ace Steve Tasker has reached this phase for the ninth time while wideout Torry Holt is now an eight-time semifinalist and tackle Tony Boselli is at this point for the seventh time.

The group, which will be reduced to 15 finalists before the final election, appears in full below

Cornerback Eric Allen – 1988-1994 Eagles, 1995-97 Saints, 1998-2001 Raiders

Defensive end Jared Allen, DE – 2004-07 Chiefs, 2008-2013 Vikings, 2014-15 Bears, 2015 Panthers

Tackle Willie Anderson, T – 1996-2007 Bengals, 2008 Ravens

Defensive back Ronde Barber, CB-S – 1997-2012 Buccaneers

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin – 2003-09 Cardinals, 2010-12 Ravens, 2013-15 49ers, 2016 Lions

Tackle Tony Boselli – 1995-2001 Jaguars

Safety LeRoy Butler – 1990-2001 Packers

Running back Eddie George – 1996-2003 Oilers/Titans, 2004 Cowboys

Kick returner Devin Hester – 2006-2013 Bears, 2014-15 Falcons, 2016 Ravens

Wide receiver Torry Holt – 1999-2008 Rams, 2009 Jaguars

Wide receiver Andre Johnson – 2003-2014 Texans, 2015 Colts, 2016 Titans

Defensive end Robert Mathis – 2003-2016 Colts

Linebacker Sam Mills – 1986-1994 Saints, 1995-97 Panthers

Defensive lineman Richard Seymour – 2001-08 Patriots, 2009-2012 Raiders

Wide receiver Steve Smith – 2001-2013 Panthers, 2014-16 Ravens

Wide receiver/special teamer Steve Tasker – 1985-86 Oilers, 1986-1997 Bills

Running back Fred Taylor – 1998-2008 Jaguars, 2009-2010 Patriots

Linebacker Zach Thomas – 1996-2007 Dolphins, 2008 Cowboys

Wide receiver Hines Ward – 1998-2011 Steelers

Defensive end DeMarcus Ware – 2005-2013 Cowboys, 2014-16 Broncos

Running back Ricky Watters – 1992-94 49ers, 1995-97 Eagles, 1998-2001 Seahawks

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne – 2001-2014 Colts

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork – 2004-2014 Patriots, 2015-16 Texans

Linebacker Patrick Willis – 2007-2014 49ers

Safety Darren Woodson – 1992-2003 Cowboys

Defensive tackle Bryant Young – 1994-2007 49ers

PFT’s NFL Week 12 2021 picks

NFL: NOV 21 Steelers at Chargers
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MDS has opened up a narrow one-game lead, through 11 weeks.

In the eleventh week of the regular season, MDS hit on two of our three disagreements. I went 9-6, and he went 10-5.

For the year, I’m now at 101-63-1. MDS is now 102-62-1.

For the third straight week, we disagree on three games. For all our picks, keep scrolling.

Bears (-3.5) at Lions

MDS’s take: It appears that the Bears will turn to Andy Dalton with Justin Fields injured, and Dalton’s steady hand probably gives them a better chance of winning against a bad Lions team.

MDS’s pick: Bears 24, Lions 17.

Florio’s take: When the Bears and Lions play, who’ll win? No one who actually watches the game, that’s for sure.

Florio’s pick: Bears 27, Lions 20.


Raiders (+7) at Cowboys

MDS’s take: The Cowboys will shake off a disappointing performance on Sunday and win against a Raiders team that is circling the drain.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 27, Raiders 14.

Florio’s take: The Cowboys aren’t as good as they think they are. The Raiders are worse than we think they are.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 31, Raiders 17.


Bills (-4) at Saints

MDS’s take: Bills quarterback Josh Allen has not been playing well lately, but he’ll certainly play better than Trevor Siemian, who is going to struggle mightily against a tough Bills defense.

MDS’s pick: Bills 20, Saints 10.

Florio’s take: It’s another get-right game for the Bills, after another unexpected got-wrong performance.

Florio’s pick: Bills 30, Saints 20.


Titans (+5.5) at Patriots

MDS’s take: It’s amazing how quickly perceptions have changed around these two teams that the Patriots are now favored. I think the Titans are a lot better than they looked on Sunday, but I like New England to win a close one.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 24, Titans 23.

Florio’s take: The Patriots quietly have been putting together a great season. It stops being quiet on Sunday.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 27. Titans 20.


Jets (+3) at Texans

MDS’s take: The winner of this game is basically out of contention for the first overall pick in the draft, which means some fans will be rooting fo their teams to lose. Such fans will be cheering in Houston.

MDS’s pick: Jets 14, Texans 13.

Florio’s take: If two football teams play a game and no one watches, does it make a sound?

Florio’s pick: Texans 17, Jets 14.


Eagles (-3.5) at Giants

MDS’s take: The Eagles have been one of the best teams in the NFL over the last month. They’ll keep it going against the Giants.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 30, Giants 20.

Florio’s take: Whenever the Giants honor one of the greats from their Super Bowl teams, they lose. #Analytics.

Florio’s pick: Eagles 27, Giants 17.


Buccaneers (-2.5) at Colts

MDS’s take: The Colts have been playing better than I was expecting lately, but when the Buccaneers are on they’re the best team in the NFL, and I think they’ll be on this week.

MDS’s pick: Buccaneers 28, Colts 23.

Florio’s take: Tom Brady returns to a pace where he lost a Super Bowl, to face the team that started #DeflateGate. He’s surely gotten over that.

Florio’s pick: Buccaneers 30, Colts 23.


Falcons (-1) at Jaguars

MDS’s take: Urban Meyer has not made much progress on the Jaguars’ rebuild. This is likely to be an ugly game.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 12, Jaguars 9.

Florio’s take: The Falcons are good enough to beat a bad team.

Florio’s take: Falcons 21, Jaguars 13.


Panthers (-2) at Dolphins

MDS’s take: Cam Newton should be able to withstand the Dolphins’ blitzes well enough to put points on the board, while Tua Tagovailao struggles against the Panthers’ defense.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 24, Dolphins 14.

Florio’s take: The looked like a winnable game for Miami, until the Panthers brought back Cam Newton.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 27, Dolphins 21.


Steelers (+3.5) at Bengals

MDS’s take: The Bengals can make a strong statement that they’ve moved ahead of the Steelers in the AFC North hierarchy. I think they’ll make that statement.

MDS’s pick: Bengals 31, Steelers 20.

Florio’s take: The Steelers are running out of chances, and they know it.

Florio’s pick: Steelers 24, Bengals 21.


Chargers (-3) at Broncos

MDS’s take: Justin Herbert is playing at an MVP level, and he’ll keep it going in Denver.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 30, Broncos 20.

Florio’s take: The Broncos have overachieved this year. They won’t on Sunday.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 34, Broncos 23.


Vikings (+3) at 49ers

MDS’s take: Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo are playing better than they’re getting credit for this season. This should be a good game that the 49ers will win late.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 28, Vikings 27.

Florio’s take: Another close game for the Vikings. Another coin-flip ending. This time, it comes up tails.

Florio’s pick: 49ers 24, Vikings 20.


Rams (+1) at Packers

MDS’s take: The Rams’ offense often seems to struggle over the second half of the season under Sean McVay, and it’s trending in that direction again this year. The Packers’ defense will play well.

MDS’s pick: Packers 20, Rams 14.

Florio’s take: The Greatest Show-offs on Turf will have a tough time at Lambeau Field.

Florio’s pick: Packers 23, Rams 20.


Browns (+4) at Ravens

MDS’s take: Lamar Jackson is expected back and the Ravens should have a big win against a Browns team that has not been impressive of late.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 28, Browns 13.

Florio’s take: Baker Mayfield is proving that he’s not the answer for the Browns. The next two games, both against the team that used to be the Browns, may cement that notion.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 27, Browns 20.


Seahawks (+1) at Washington

MDS’s take: The Seahawks are just about out of playoff contention, and a loss on Monday night may put the final nail in their coffin.

MDS’s pick: Washington 20, Seahawks 14.

Florio’s take: The rest of the year has sucked, but Russell Wilson‘s 33rd birthday will go well.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 24, Washington 20.

PFT’s Week 12 2021 power rankings

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1. Cardinals (9-2, last week No. 4): They need to avoid having to play a playoff game in Green Bay at all costs.

2. Patriots (7-4, No. 8): The Pats could end up partying like it’s 2001.

3. Rams (7-3, No. 5): The Greatest Show-offs on Turf need to show something at Lambeau.

4. Packers (8-3, No. 2): They’ll go as far as Aaron Rodgers‘s toe can take them.

5. Buccaneers (7-3, No. 6): Last year, they didn’t need home-field advantage in the playoffs. This year, they do.

6. Cowboys (7-3, No. 3): Don’t look now, but here come the Eagles.

7. Ravens (7-3, No. 9): Lamar Jackson’s illnesses are making Ravens fans a little queasy.

8. Chiefs (7-4, No. 10): The defense is getting back to its former form. Now we’ll see if the offense eventually can do the same.

9. Titans (8-3, No. 1): The Titans are the epitome of this upside-down season, winning seven games against 2020 playoff teams while also losing to the Jets and Texans.

10. Colts (6-5, No. 13): This dome team is built for the elements, which will serve them well if they get to the postseason.

11. Bills (6-4, No. 7): Brian Daboll needs to quit auditioning for his next job and start focusing on his current one.

12. Bengals (6-4, No. 14): They need to show more consistency to get to the playoffs.

13. Vikings (5-5, No. 15): They’ve led in every game by seven or more points, and they’ve lost half of them. Hello, 9-8.

14. Chargers (6-4, No. 17): The Chargers managed to win a huge road game at home.

15. Steelers (5-4-1, No. 12): Defeat was snatched from the jaws of a victory that was snatched from the jaws of defeat.

16. 49ers (5-5, No. 20): They can be very dangerous, if they can survive past Week 18.

17. Browns (6-5, No. 19): Fortunately for the Browns, the Lions is the Lions.

18. Saints (5-5, No. 11): They’ll be hard to beat next year, when they add Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers.

19. Panthers (5-6, No. 16): “The losses at home are more exciting now.”

20. Eagles (5-6, No. 23): They could be the team no one in the NFC will want to face in the playoffs.

21. Raiders (5-5, No. 18): The fumes of Jon Gruden have fully evaporated.

22. Washington (4-6, No. 26): Monday night’s game at Seattle suddenly becomes huge for Washington.

23. Broncos (5-5, No. 24): The postseason remains a possibility. Somehow.

24. Falcons (4-6, No. 21): How did they win four games?

25. Dolphins (4-7, No. 25): The Dolphins won’t leave Miami until the day after Christmas. When they do, they could be .500.

26. Seahawks (3-7, No. 22): A decade of brilliance makes the current situation even more conspicuous.

27. Giants (3-7, No. 27): They’ll eventually win just enough games to delay major changes for another year.

28. Bears (3-7, No. 28): They wouldn’t have traded up for Justin Fields if they weren’t willing to keep the current power structure in place. Lose to the winless Lions on Thanksgiving, and that could change.

29. Texans (2-8, No. 32): Yep, they’ll win just enough games to blow the top pick.

30. Jaguars (2-8, No. 29): A couple of wins put Urban Meyer’s hot seat on the back burner. That could be changing, if the punchless losses continues.

31. Jets (2-8, No. 31): Just Entertain The Sale. Offers.

32. Lions (0-9-1, No. 30): “Your momma is a Lions fan.”

Week 12 NFC playoff picture: Cardinals back on top

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The top of the NFC playoff picture looks different after Week 11.

The Packers went into the weekend with the top spot in the NFC playoff picture, but their loss to the Vikings and the Cardinals’ win in Seattle moved Arizona back up to the No. 1 spot. Green Bay holds the tiebreaker by virtue of their head-to-head win over the Cardinals and there’s more than enough football left on the schedule for things to change again.

Another change came on Monday night. The Buccaneers’ win over the Giants pushed them past the Cowboys into the No. 3 spot in the conference. A head-to-head win accounts for that shift as well and tiebreakers figure to loom large with the top of the NFC playoff picture looking clearer and clearer every week.

Here’s how the whole playoff picture shapes up heading into Week 12’s games:

1. Cardinals (9-2) Going 2-1 without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins in the lineup the last three weeks should make for a pleasant bye week in Arizona.

2. Packers (8-3) The Packers can help themselves and the Cardinals out by beating the Rams this weekend.

3. Buccaneers (7-3) Monday night’s win snapped a two-game losing streak and showed how much it helps having tight end Rob Gronkowski in the lineup.

4. Cowboys (7-3) The offense never got going in Kansas City and is banged up heading into their Thanksgiving matchup with the Raiders.

5. Rams (7-3) They slumped into their bye week and another dud in Green Bay will make it very hard to make any push for the NFC West.

6. Vikings (5-5) Beating the Packers is always reason for celebration, but they can’t revel too long with the 49ers on tap in Week 12.

7. Saints (5-5) The schedule softens up in the final weeks, but they’re trending in the wrong direction with three straight losses.

8. 49ers (5-5) They got their first home win in a long time a couple of weeks ago and another one over the Vikings this weekend would be a big step forward for the Niners.

9. Eagles (5-6) Rediscovering their running game has pushed them back into the playoff picture and two straight games at MetLife Stadium offers them a good chance to hit the bye week with a winning record.

10. Panthers (5-6) Cam Newton‘s return to Bank of America Stadium ended with a loss and the Panthers can’t afford too many more stumbles if they want to keep the playoff fires burning.

11. Washington (4-6) They’re coming off their best two-game stretch of the season and host the sagging Seahawks next Monday night with a chance to keep pushing their way up the board.

12. Falcons (4-6) They get the Jaguars this week, but they’ve been outscored 68-3 the last two weeks and that makes it hard to buy stock in the Falcons.

13. Giants (3-7) They’ve lost their last 10 prime-time games after falling on Monday night and there’s not much hope they’ll be playing one of them in the postseason.

14. Bears (3-7) Sunday’s loss was their fifth straight and Bears fans have turned their attention away from an improbable playoff run to offseason changes.

15. Seahawks (3-7) A win over the Jaguars is the only one they have since Week Four and it feels like big changes are ahead in Seattle.

16. Lions (0-8-1) They’ve come close to wins the last two weeks and Thanksgiving against the Bears could be their breakthrough moment.

Week 12 AFC playoff picture: Here come the Patriots

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Eleven weeks of the 2021 NFL season are in the books and the playoff picture is starting to come into focus with Thanksgiving a few days away

The Titans remain on top of the conference, but a Week 11 loss to the Texans has dropped them closer to the competition and they could be off their perch entirely come Sunday night. They’ll face the Patriots, who have won five straight games to move to the top of the AFC East and position themselves as a possible top seed in the entire conference if they can keep that hot streak going.

With 12 AFC teams at .500 or above, there’s a lot of other things going on in the playoff chase and here’s how everyone stacks up heading into Week 12:

1. Titans (8-3) Sunday’s loss ended a six-game winning streak, but their sweep of the Colts keeps them comfortably ahead in the AFC South heading into that big matchup with the Patriots.

2. Ravens (7-3) The next three games on the schedule are all divisional games, so the Ravens will be hoping to have Lamar Jackson back at 100 percent to continue their push for the AFC North title.

3. Patriots (7-4) The Patriots are surging at a moment when the Bills are flailing, which could mean that their absence from the top of the AFC East was only a one-year change.

4. Chiefs (7-4) Two straight wins makes it feel like they’ve righted the ship and they’ll have a bye week to rest up for the stretch run.

5. Bengals (6-4) The Bengals snapped a two-game losing streak in Las Vegas and they can deal the Steelers a blow this week.

6. Chargers (6-4) Outlasting the Steelers on Sunday night was a good thing and rolling up 533 yards in the process gives hope that the Chargers have more big wins in their future.

7. Bills (6-4) Sunday’s loss to the Colts knocked them out of first place in the AFC East and was ugly enough to create doubt that they’ll stay in the playoff mix when all is said and done.

8. Steelers (5-4-1) They played better against the Chargers than they did in a Week 10 tie with the Lions, but a loss is still a loss and the Steelers can’t afford too many more of them.

9. Colts (6-5) Jonathan Taylor‘s huge day in Buffalo moved the Colts to 6-2 in their last eight games and they’ll try to continue the surge against Tampa this week.

10. Browns (6-5) Their win over the Lions felt like a loss, but no one will be complaining if they win ugly in Baltimore this week.

11. Raiders (5-5) Sunday’s loss was their third straight and it’s starting to feel a lot like the last two seasons for the Raiders.

12. Broncos (5-5) Denver has the Chargers and the Chiefs the next two weeks, so they could be out of realistic playoff hopes by Week 14.

13. Dolphins (4-7) Three straight wins is reason for some happiness in Miami, but they probably stacked up too many losses to overcome.

14. Texans (2-8) Sunday’s matchup with the Jets has major draft implications.

15. Jaguars (2-8) Urban Meyer said Trevor Lawrence played one of his best games in a blowout loss to the 49ers and player development is all that’s left for the Jags this year.

16. Jets (2-8) The continued struggles of the Seahawks, who traded their 2022 first-round pick for Jamal Adams, are a silver lining to another losing season.