Once the dust settled on Sunday, every division leader secured their hold on their respective divisions with wins. However, in respect to the 2013 playoff picture, things have changed. Prior to week nine, the Bengals were holding onto the second-seed, by virtue of a head-to-head tie-breaker against the New England Patriots.
With Kansas City dropping the Buffalo Bills 23-13, the New England Patriots thrashing the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31, and the Indianapolis Colts impressively staging a 27-24 comeback against the Houston Texans, every team (save for the Chiefs) moved up one slot in the seeding. The team that fell? Cincinnati, dropping from the second seed to the fourth after their 22-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-0)
- New England Patriots (7-2)
- Indianapolis Colts (6-2)
- Cincinnati Bengals (6-3)
- Denver Broncos (7-1)
- New York Jets (5-4)
Just Missed: Tennessee Titans (4-4), Miami Dolphins (4-4), San Diego Chargers (4-4), Cleveland Browns (4-5).
The Rest: Oakland Raiders (3-5), Baltimore Ravens (3-5), Buffalo Bills (3-6), Houston Texans (2-6), Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6), Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8).
Obviously none of this matters today because it will change tomorrow -- so appreciate/dissect/ignore as you wish.
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are scheduled to meet on Monday Night Football, so the NFC seeding will change by this time tomorrow. As of now:
- Seattle Seahawks (8-1)
- New Orleans Saints (6-2)
- Green Bay Packers (5-2)
- Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
- San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
- Carolina Panthers (5-3)
Just Missed: Detroit Lions (5-3), Chicago Bears (4-3), Arizona Cardinals (4-4), Philadelphia Eagles (4-5).
The Rest: Washington Redskins (3-5), St. Louis Rams (3-6), Atlanta Falcons (2-6), New York Giants (2-6), Minnesota Vikings (1-7), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8)