The NFL's Week 13 Monday Night Football contest features the Dallas Cowboys facing the Washington Redskins, pitting two NFC East teams against each other. That means the AFC side of the house is complete for the week, allowing us to look at the updated Playoff Picture standings for the conference.
The Cincinnati Bengals have jumped into the top spot following the second straight loss by the New England Patriots, who are now in the third seed position. Between the Bengals and the Patriots are the Denver Broncos, who continue to win with Brock Osweiler at quarterback. The Indianapolis Colts hang on to the last divisional leaders position, staying ahead of the Houston Texans based on the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The two Wildcard positions are currently held by the Kansas City Chiefs, who moved to 7-5 thanks to a six game winning streak, and the New York Jets, who beat out the Pittsburgh Steelers for the spot based on AFC winning percentage.
Just behind the Wildcard spots are the Steelers, followed by the Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, and Miami Dolphins. After Miami, the rest of the AFC standings has the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, and Cleveland Browns holding down the bottom spots in the conference.
The full standings are:
AFC Playoffs Picture
1 - Cincinnati Bengals (10-2)
2 - Denver Broncos (10-2)
3 - New England Patriots (10-2)
4 - Indianapolis Colts (6-6)
Tie breaks: Cincinnati (8-1) beats Denver (6-2) and New England (7-1) based on conference records. Denver beats New England based on head-to-head results. Indianapolis beats Houston based on head-head results.
5 - Kansas City Chiefs (7-5)
6 - New York Jets (7-5)
Tie breaks: Kansas City (6-2) beats New York (5-4) and Pittsburgh (4-4) based on conference record. New York beats Pittsburgh based on conference record.
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5)
Buffalo Bills (6-6)
Houston Texans (6-6)
Tie breaks: Buffalo beats Houston based on head-to-head results.
Oakland Raiders (5-7)
Miami Dolphins (5-7)
Tie breaks: Oakland (5-4) beats Miami (3-6) based on conference record.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)
Baltimore Ravens (4-8)
Tie breaks: Jacksonville beats Baltimore based on head-to-head results.
San Diego (3-9)
Tennessee Titans (3-9)
Tie breaks: San Diego (2-6) beats Tennessee (1-7) based on conference record.
Cleveland Browns (2-10)