The NFL is closing out November and the playoff picture is further tightening up. A handful of teams are further securing their position, but nobody will be clinching a playoff berth for at least a couple more weeks.
Week 12 opened on Thanksgiving with two of the three games featuring significant playoff implications. The Raiders stunned the Cowboys in Dallas with a 36-33 overtime win. Las Vegas improved to 6-5 while Dallas dropped to 7-4. Dallas remains in control of the NFC East while Las Vegas is a game back of the AFC West-leading Chiefs and just barely outside the AFC playoff picture. Buffalo followed with a 31-6 thumping of New Orleans at the Superdome and are in the process of going back-and-forth with New England in the AFC East.
The 1 p.m. ET results have seen some modest upsets and some big wins for contenders. The Patriots rolled the Titans 36-13 and the Bengals crushed the Steelers 41-10. The big upset of the morning saw the Giants beat the Eagles in the Meadowlands. Both teams are below .500 but hanging around the playoff race. The Bucs closed out the morning slate with a tough win over the Colts. Indianapolis led much of the first half and then Tampa Bay came back in the second half, closing with a Leonard Fournette touchdown run and holding off a big Colts kick return to secure the victory.
4:05/4:25 p.m. results: The AFC West is tightening up as the Broncos beat the Chargers leaving those two and the Raiders all at 6-5. The 49ers beat the Vikings in a battle of 5-5 teams and San Francisco has now moved into sixth place. The Packers beat the Rams 36-28 and are hot on the heels of the first place Cardinals.
SNF update: The Ravens held off the Browns 16-10 to maintain their divisional lead and keep the Browns in fourth place in the AFC North.
MNF update: Washington beat the Seahawks and has slide into the seventh playoff spot ahead of the Vikings.
Here’s a look at what the playoff picture looks like Sunday afternoon with plenty of football remaining in Week 12.