2022 NFL Playoff Picture Week 18: Standings, clinching scenarios ahead of Lions vs Packers on SNF


Week 18 on Sunday Night Football features a must-win season finale between Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions vs Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night in America on NBC and Peacock.

As the end of the regular season quickly approaches, we’re officially thinking about the NFL playoff picture, and who will be in contention for a spot in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, this February. Here’s how things stand in the playoff picture heading into the weekend:

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Where do the Lions and Packers stand in the 2022 NFL Playoff Picture ahead of Week 18?

Detroit Lions:

Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions (8-8) are still fighting for the last NFC Wild Card spot and in order to claim it this Sunday night they not only have to defeat the Green Bay Packers but the Seattle Seahawks (8-8) also have to lose against the LA Rams on Sunday afternoon (4:25 p.m. ET). If the Lions can get it done, this will be the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2016. Detroit has not won a division title since 1993 or a playoff game since the 1991 season.

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Green Bay Packers:

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (8-8) can ensure their fourth straight playoff appearance with a win against the Lions on Sunday night.

See below for the 2022 NFL playoff clinching scenarios and standings for Week 18 as well as additional information on how to watch and live stream this week’s Lions vs Packers match up.

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2022 NFL Playoff Clinching Scenarios for Week 18:


Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8) vs. Tennessee Titans (7-9) – Saturday, January 7 (8:15 PM ET)

The Jacksonville Jaguars can win the AFC South this week with the following:

  • A win against Tennessee

If the Jacksonville Jaguars lose against the Titans they can clinch the final AFC Wild Card spot with the following:

  • Losses by the Patriots (vs Buffalo on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET) AND Dolphins (vs NY Jets on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET) AND Steelers (vs Browns on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET)

The Tennessee Titans can win the AFC South this week with the following:

  • A win against the Jaguars
    • If Tennessee loses/ties with the Jaguars on Saturday they will be eliminated from playoff contention

New England Patriots (8-8) vs Buffalo Bills – Sunday, January 8 (1:00 PM ET)

The New England Patriots can clinch the final AFC Wild Card spot with the following:

  • A win against the Bills
  • Losses from the Dolphins AND Steelers AND a Jaguars win

Miami Dolphins vs NY Jets – Sunday, January 8 (1:00 PM ET)

The Miami Dolphins can clinch the final AFC Wild Card spot with the following:

  • A win against the Jets AND a Patriots loss

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns – Sunday, January 8 (1:00 PM ET)

The Pittsburgh Steelers can clinch the final AFC Wild Card spot with the following:

  • A win against the Browns AND a Patriots loss AND a Dolphins loss


Seattle Seahawks (8-8) vs LA Rams (5-11) – Sunday, January 8 (4:25 PM ET)

The Seattle Seahawks can win the final NFC Wild Card spot with the following:

Detroit Lions (8-8) vs Green Bay Packers (8-8) – Sunday, January 8 (8:20 PM ET)

The Detroit Lions can win the final NFC Wild Card spot with the following:

  • A win against the Packers AND a Seahawks loss

The Green Bay Packers can win the final NFC Wild Card spot with the following:

  • A win against the Lions

AFC Standings – Week 18

The NFL continues to discuss the scenarios and outcomes for AFC seeding following the decision not to resume the Bills-Bengals Monday night game. Stay tuned to NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk for additional updates!

*x- indicates a clinched playoff berth

*yx- indicates a division title

  1. yx-Kansas City Chiefs (13-3)
  2. yx- Buffalo Bills (12-3)
  3. x-Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)
  5. x-LA Chargers (10-6)
  6. x-Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

In the Hunt:

  • New England Patriots (8-8)
  • Miami Dolphins (8-8)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)

NFC Standings – Week 18

  1. x-Philadelphia Eagles (13-3)
  2. yx-San Francisco 49ers (12-4)
  3. yx-Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
  4. yx-Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-8)
  5. x-Dallas Cowboys (12-4)
  6. x-New York Giants (9-6-1)

In the Hunt:

  • Seattle Seahawks (8-8)
  • Detroit Lions (8-8)
  • Green Bay Packers (8-8)

Which AFC teams have already clinched a playoff berth ahead of Week 18?

Which NFC teams have already clinched a playoff berth ahead of Week 18?

Which teams have been eliminated from playoff contention ahead of Week 18?

The Commanders, Saints, Panthers, Jets, Raiders, Bears, Browns, Colts, Texans, Broncos, Cardinals, Falcons, and Rams have all been eliminated from playoff contention.

How to watch Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers:

  • Where: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • When: Sunday, January 8
  • Start Time: 8:20 p.m. ET; live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with Football Night In America
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch live on Peacock or with the NBC Sports App

What time is kickoff for the Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers game?

Kickoff is at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, NFL.com and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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