Week 15 is already provided some fireworks in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs having a thrilling victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on “Thursday Night Football” and the Indianapolis Colts holding off the New England Patriots on Saturday night. The league has seen 29 games decided by a game-winning score on the final play this season, an incredible amount of dramatic finishes.
The Cincinnati Bengals lead the AFC North over the Baltimore Ravens thank to their thrilling victory over the Denver Broncos and Baltimore’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay was the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot.
There are 12 teams that are .500 or better in a wild AFC playoff race, as the No. 2 to No. 12 seeds are separated by two games in the standings. A dramatic finish in the AFC is on the horizon as Christmas approaches.
This playoff race is getting more unpredictable by the week. Below, you can find a division-by-division breakdown of the current standings and what each contender is facing on their schedule the rest of the way.
New England Patriots
What to know: The Patriots’ loss to the Colts on Saturday night drops them out of the top spot in the AFC with Kansas City winning on Thursday. New England currently sits at No. 2 in the conference, holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tennessee.
Remaining schedule: vs. Bills, vs. Jaguars, at Dolphins
What to know: A huge win over the Panthers keeps the Bills holding on to the final playoff spot in the AFC. Why are the Bills the No. 7 seed, even with the same record as the Colts, Chargers and Ravens? The Colts and Chargers have a better win percentage in conference games than the Bills, as Buffalo has a better win percentage in common games than the Ravens.
Remaining schedule: at Patriots, vs. Falcons, vs. Jets
What to know: Here come the Dolphins, becoming the first team…