Vikings Grab Epic Win Over Bills, Chiefs Move Into AFC’s No. 1 Seed

Week 10 of the NFL schedule offered some crazy results that will change the playoff picture and division standings. We’re past halfway through the season, so almost every game has had at least some impact on the postseason forecast.

Let’s take a look at the updated NFL playoff picture and assess which teams improved or hurt their postseason chances on Sunday.

NFL playoff picture for week 10

Latest AFC playoff picture

1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)
2. Miami Dolphins (7-3)
3. Tennessee Titans (6-3)
4. Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
5. New York Jets (6-3)
6. Buffalo Beaks (6-3)
7. New England Patriots (5-4)

On the hunt

8. Los Angeles Chargers (5-4)
9. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4)
10. Indianapolis Colts (4-5-1)
11. Cleveland Browns (3-6)
12. Denver Broncos (3-6)
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6)
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7)
15. Las Vegas Raiders (2-7)
16. Houston Texans (1-7-1)

Chiefs win third straight win, moving to 7-2

Patrick Mahomes threw the ball around in Week 10 and threw touchdowns to four different receivers in the Chiefs’ 27-17 win over the Jaguars. Travis Kelce, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Noah Gray all scored as Kansas City rose to No. 1 in the AFC thanks to the Bills’ loss to the Vikings.

We may have seen a real changing of the guard in the Chiefs backfield when Isiah Pacheco managed 16 carries while Jerick McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire combined for one. We also need to watch the status of JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was added to the concussion log after a scary first-half strike.

Dolphins Keep Rolling, take AFC East lead

The Dolphins have won four straight games since Tua Tagovailoa returned to the starting lineup, and they’ve done it in many ways. While Tua threw three touchdowns against the Browns on Sunday, it was Miami’s running game that tipped the scales in the 39-14 win.

Trade-Deadline Acquisition Jeff Wilson Jr. managed 17 carries for 119 yards and a score, while Raheem Mostert had eight tries for 65 yards and a touchdown of his own. The Dolphins have proven they can win games even when holding Tyreek Hill and/or Jaylen Waddle under 100 yards.

Thanks to the Bills’ loss, the Dolphins now have control of the AFC East. They have a half-game lead over Buffalo and New York and a head-to-head tiebreaker against the Bills.

The Titans retain their lead in AFC South with a win over the Broncos

The Titans have won six of their last seven and their only loss was a tough loss to the Chiefs in overtime last Monday night. Tennessee picked up another win in Week 10 and retained first place in the AFC South after a defensive win over the Broncos.

Denver did a great job keeping Derrick Henry down for just 53 yards, so the Titans had to find another way to win. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine was her solution. The third-year wideout had the best game of his career for 119 total yards and two points in five receptions.

Tennessee has a firm grip on the division lead and has moved up to third place in the AFC. They share a 6-3 record with the Ravens, but the Titans have the better conference mark.

Colts remain on the fringes of playoff contention

Jeff Saturday earned his first win as an NFL head coach by defeating the Raiders on Sunday. Matt Ryan, down center for the first time since Week 7, completed 75% of his passes and somehow managed 39 yards in a scramble. Jonathan Taylor also looked rejuvenated, rushing for 147 yards on the floor, including a 66-yard score.

The Colts are still nominally in the playoff picture, but there is a massive gap between the No. 10-seed Colts and the No. 9-seed Bengals. Indy beat Las Vegas today but they will face a much tougher test when they play the Eagles in Week 11.

Current NFC playoff picture

1. Philly Eagles (8-0)
2. Minnesota Vikings (8-1)
3.Seattle Seahawks (6-4)
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5)
5. New York Giants (7-2)
6. Dallas Cowboys (6-3)
7. San Francisco 49ers (5-4)

On the hunt

8. Washington Commanders (4-5)
9. Green Bay Packers (4-6)
10.Atlanta Falcons (4-6)
11. Arizona Cardinals (4-6)
12.Detroit Lions (3-6)
13.Los Angeles Rams (3-6)
14. Carolina Panthers (3-7)
15. New Orleans Saints (3-7)
16. Chicago Bears (3-7)

Vikings defeat Bills in Game of the Year

Well, the Vikings finally have their signature victory! In one of the craziest games in recent memory, Minnesota defeated Buffalo in overtime to go 8-1.

Justin Jefferson had the game of his life, notching a career-high 193 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions. With the Vikings still three and two minutes into the game, he converted a 4th and 18th with a 32-yard catch. Then he almost scored a 3rd goal, but the game was overturned and the Vikings failed in fourth place.

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The Bills had 1st and 10 from their own 1-yard line with 48 seconds remaining, but the contest was far from over. Josh Allen incredibly fumbled with the snap, allowing Eric Kendricks to regain a defensive touchdown and give the Vikings a 30-27 lead. However, 41 seconds was more than enough time for Allen to position Buffalo for a field goal and send the game to OT.

Jefferson also dominated in overtime, pulling a pass interference penalty before bringing a 24-yard catch to Buffalo’s 2-yard line. Ed Oliver and Shaq Lawson fired Kirk Cousins ​​in second place, and Minnesota ultimately opted for a field goal. Allen drove effortlessly down the field, but he threw an end zone interception to Patrick Peterson to seal the loss.

This was the Vikings’ best win of the 8-1 season and will silence many doubters from Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Bills are now 6-3 after losing back-to-back. Their loss dropped them to third place in the AFC East and sixth place in the conference playoff standings.

Giants grab another win, moving to 7-2

The Giants picked up another win on Sunday, defeating the Texans 24-16. Saquon Barkley had a career-high 35 tries for 152 yards and a point, while Daniel Jones threw just 17 passes but had two touchdowns.

At 7-2, New York is a postseason suspension. It will be difficult for them to overtake both the Eagles and Cowboys to win the NFC East, but a wild card slot is firmly within their reach.

Cowboys blow Packers lead and drop to sixth seed

The Cowboys had won back-to-back games since Dak Prescott returned to the starting lineup, but that streak ended today. With a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, Dallas gave up two touchdowns to rookie receiver Christian Watson (who scored three goals total) and sent the game into overtime.

After receiving the ball to start OT, the Cowboys drove into Green Bay territory but failed to convert a 4th and 3rd from the Packers’ 35. Aaron Rodgers then hit Allen Lazard for a 36-yard gain and a Mason Crosby field goal gave Green Bay the win.

Dallas is now 6-3 a game behind the Giants in the NFC East. The Packers (4-6) now have about a 14% chance of making the playoffs, according to FiveThirtyEight. They’re a long way off, but a win over the Titans on Thursday night would at least make things interesting.

Cardinals beat Rams, but neither team is going anywhere

We saw four quarterbacks play Sunday’s game between the Cardinals and the Rams, but none of them were Kyler Murray or Matthew Stafford, both of whom were out through injury.

Colt McCoy started for Arizona but was briefly injured, allowing Trace McSorley to cope with a few snaps. Meanwhile, Los Angeles occasionally used Bryce Perkins from the third row against John Wolford, taking advantage of his skills as a runner.

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Both the Cardinals and Rams are now 4-6, which probably won’t be good enough in either the NFC West or the Conference Wild Card Race. LA’s chances will be even worse if Cooper Kupp – who left after suffering an ankle injury in the second half – is out for an extended period.

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