2021 NFL playoff races, standings: Vikings back in NFC race with win over Packers; Colts still out in wild AFC

It was another crazy week in the NFL, as first-place teams continued to fall at an alarming rate in Week 11. Over the last three weeks, there have been 11 wins by teams with a .500-or-below winning percentage against division leaders, the most such wins to occur during Weeks 9-11 of a single season since the merger.

The AFC is as crazy is it will likely ever be, as 12 teams are .500 or better through 11 weeks of the season. The Tennessee Titans are currently the No. 1 seed in the conference, yet the No. 8 seed Pittsburgh Steelers are just one game behind them in the loss column. The NFC has five teams are within a half-game for the No. 6 and No. 7 playoff spots. This is what the NFL was seeking when it expanded the playoff field to 14 teams last year. Add the 17th game to the schedule and more chaos ensues. 

Below, you can find a division-by-division breakdown of the current standings, how each club performed in Week 11 and what they have next on the schedule.

AFC East

New England Patriots

What to know: The Patriots took over the AFC East lead thanks to their win over the Falcons and the Bills getting blown out by the Colts. They are currently the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs thanks to better win percentage over Kansas City in conference games.

Remaining schedule: vs. Titans, at Bills, Bye Week, at Colts, vs. Bills, vs. Jaguars, at Dolphins 

Buffalo Bills

What to know: The Bills fell out of first place in the AFC East with their loss to the Colts, but still keep the No. 7 seed in the AFC playoffs by a half game over the Steelers. The Chargers have the tiebreaker over the Bills based on a better win percentage in conference games. 

Remaining schedule: at Saints, vs. Patriots, at Buccaneers, vs. Panthers, at Patriots, vs. Falcons, vs. Jets 

Miami Dolphins

What to know:  The Dolphins have won three in a row and are still three games out of first place in the AFC East. They’re 2.5 games out…


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