NFL updates


Jimmy G, Lamar Jackson, Tom Brady

Tyler Fickle, Reporter

   The regular season is wrapping up, and some teams are beginning to gain beneficial playoff positions and berths. Some teams already clinched their division.

        In the AFC, the Baltimore Ravens are in the first seed, They can earn a first round bye and home field advantage if they keep the 1st seed. The New England Patriots fall to the second seed, and the Kansas City Chiefs move to the third seed, in front of the Houston Texans, who are at the 4th seed. The Patriots have a dominating defense and good offense but in recent weeks, since they started playing better teams, Tom Brady began to struggle. The Patriots have dominated the AFC since week one, but the Ravens overtook them with the MVP caliber season, out of the second year, Lamar Jackson. The wild card spots are open to anyone, but the Bills and Steelers. The Buffalo Bills are in the fifth seed, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are in sixth. Some teams in the hunt include the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, and the Indianapolis Colts. 

    In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers lead the NFC West and in the first seed, followed by the Green Bay Packers, in second. The New Orleans Saints sit in the third seed, and the Dallas Cowboys, in the 4th seed. New Orleans lost their Hall of Fame quarterback, Drew Brees, in week 3 and Teddy Bridgewater, the former Vikings first round pick, subbed and kept the team in playoff contention. The Packers and 49ers, if they stay in the first and  second seed, respectively, will earn a first round bye. The Wild Card spots are close but the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings are leading the pack in the 5th and 6th seeds, respectively. Teams in the hunt for a playoff seed include the Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Bears.

   With two games left in the season the playoff pictures are almost final. In the AFC Ravens stay atop the Patriots are in the second spot. Then the third and fourth spot are currently held by Chiefs then Texans. The wildcard spots are held by Steelers then the Bills. The NFC has Seahawks at the first place then Packers in the second spot. Saints and Vikings are in the third and second spots. Rounding out the playoff spots are the 49ers and Vikings in the wildcard spots.