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We're past the midway point of the 2022 NFL season, and the playoff picture is beginning to take shape, though there could be plenty of movement by the time Week 17 arrives.
Week 11 saw some exciting action, and it began with the Tennessee Titans defeating the Green Bay Packers 27-17 on Thursday Night Football. The win moved the Titans to 7-3 on the season, good for the AFC's No. 3 seed. The Packers, meanwhile, dropped further out of playoff contention in the NFC with a 4-7 record.
Sunday's slate was highlighted by the New England Patriots defeating the New York Jets, the Detroit Lions defeating the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints defeating the Los Angeles Rams.
With their losses, the Giants dropped to 7-3, the Rams dropped to 3-7 and the Jets dropped to 6-4.
There's still more games to come, but let's take a look at the current playoff picture:
AFC Playoff PictureKansas City Chiefs: 8-2Miami Dolphins: 7-3Tennessee Titans: 7-3Baltimore Ravens: 7-3Buffalo Bills: 7-3New England Patriots: 6-4Cincinnati Bengals: 6-4New York Jets: 6-4Los Angeles Chargers: 5-5Indianapolis Colts: 4-6-1Jacksonville Jaguars: 3-7Las Vegas Raiders: 3-7Cleveland Browns: 3-7Denver Broncos: 3-7Pittsburgh Steelers: 3-7Houston Texans: 1-8-1
NFC Playoff PicturePhiladelphia Eagles: 9-1Minnesota Vikings: 8-2Seattle Seahawks: 6-4Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5-5Dallas Cowboys: 7-3New York Giants: 7-3San Francisco 49ers: 5-4Washington Commanders: 6-5Atlanta Falcons: 5-6Detroit Lions: 4-6Arizona Cardinals: 4-6Green Bay Packers: 4-7New Orleans Saints: 4-7Los Angeles Rams: 3-7Carolina Panthers: 3-8Chicago Bears: 3-8
The Giants were embarrassed by the Lions 31-18 on Sunday as quarterback Daniel Jones completed 27 of 44 passes for 341 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions.
Star running back Saquon Barkley also had a disappointing performance, rushing for just 22 yards on 15 carries. New York's defense was just as big of an issue, as it allowed Lions running back Jamaal Williams to rush for 64 yards and three scores.
The Lions totaled 325 yards of offense in Sunday's win.
That said, the G-Men were given a lot of flack for not picking up another wide receiver at the trade deadline, and the team's issues in the passing game have only become more apparent as they dropped their second game in their past three outings.
The Giants are still firmly in a playoff spot, but they'll be in danger of losing that position if they don't turn things around in Week 12 and beyond. They have some tough matchups coming up, including meetings with the Cowboys and Vikings and two clashes with the Eagles.
The Los Angeles Rams arguably had a more disappointing performance on Sunday, as they fell to the New Orleans Saints 27-20. L.A. also lost starting quarterback Matthew Stafford to injury during the game.
Stafford completed 11 of 18 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns before exiting. His backup, Bryce Perkins, completed five of his 10 passes for just 64 yards in relief.
L.A.'s loss dropped it to 3-7 on the season, and there's now little hope for the defending champs to make the playoffs.
As for the AFC, the Patriots and Jets put together one of the more lackluster games of the season, but New England came away with a 10-3 win thanks to a punt return touchdown by Marcus Jones with five seconds left in the fourth quarter.
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It was a significant game for both sides, as the Patriots now own the tiebreaker over the Jets thanks to a season sweep of both matchups between the teams. New England's win helped it improve to 6-4 and enter the AFC playoff picture as the No. 6 seed.
The Patriots have a tough schedule remaining with games against the Vikings, Miami Dolphins and two meetings with the Buffalo Bills. How New England fares in those remaining games will factor significantly into whether or not it can remain in the playoff picture.