NFL playoff picture: Arizona Cardinals top NFC after Week 7, Cincinnati Bengals lead AFC

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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We're just seven weeks into the NFL season and while much can and will change before the playoffs, some teams have put themselves in a good early position for the postseason.

Others need to start to turn things around quickly if they want to be in the playoff picture.

The Arizona Cardinals would be the top seed in the NFC if the playoffs were to begin today.

The Cincinnati Bengals would hold the top seed in the AFC.

Just like we all predicted before the season, right?

The top seed in each conference gets a bye in the playoffs and the other division winners get the No. 2 through No. 4 seeds.

The No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 seeds go to the non-division winners with the best records.

NFL Week 8 picks, predictions:

NFC playoff picture after Week 7:

  • No. 1 Arizona Cardinals (7-0)
  • No. 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1)
  • No. 3 Green Bay Packers (6-1)
  • No. 4 Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
  • No. 5 Los Angeles Rams (6-1)
  • No. 6 New Orleans Saints (4-2)
  • No. 7 Minnesota Vikings (3-3)

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In the hunt:

  • Atlanta Falcons (3-3)
  • Chicago Bears (3-4)
  • Carolina Panthers (3-4)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2-4)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2-4)

NFC playoff matchups right now:

  • No. 2 Buccaneers vs. No. 7 Vikings
  • No. 3 Packers vs. No. 6  Saints
  • No. 4 Cowboys vs. No. 5 Rams

Notes: The Buccaneers take a tie breaker over the Packers on strength of victory, while the Vikings take a tie breaker over the Falcons on win percentage in conference games.

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The Cincinnati Bengals would be the No. 1 seed in the AFC were the NFL playoffs to begin after Week 7.

AFC playoff picture after Week 7:

  • No. 1 Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)
  • No. 2 Las Vegas Raiders (5-2)
  • No. 3 Tennessee Titans (5-2)
  • No. 4 Buffalo Bills (4-2)
  • No. 5 Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
  • No. 6 Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)
  • No. 7 Cleveland Browns (4-3)

In the hunt:

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3)
  • New England Patriots (3-4)
  • Indianapolis Colts (3-4)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (3-4)
  • Denver Broncos (3-4)

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AFC playoff matchups right now:

  • No. 2 Raiders vs. No. 7 Browns
  • No. 3 Titans vs. No. 6 Chargers
  • No. 4 Bills vs. No. 5 Ravens

Notes: The Bengals take a tie breaker over the Raiders and Titans on win percentage in conference games. The Raiders take a tie breaker over Tennessee based on strength of victory. 

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