At the time of writing, Week 13 in the NFL isn't over as there is still the Monday-night game to be played. However, this week the Monday night game is just between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets are out of the playoff picture barring a miracle while the playoff implications of a Colts' win are easy to cover. Basically, if Indianapolis beat the Jets to improve to 6-6 then it will make things very tight between them, the Tennessee Titans, and the Houston Texans.

Dallas Cowboys are in the playoffs

The biggest development when it comes to the playoff picture following Week 13 is that the Dallas Cowboys are guaranteed to be in the post-season.

They defeated the Minnesota Vikings back on Thursday to improve to 11-1. Even if the Cowboys finish 11-5, there is no scenario where Dallas doesn't at least get the 2nd Wild Card. They definitely want more as the 2nd Wild Card isn't good for much in the playoffs and they'll be looking to improve to 12-1 next week when they face the New York Giants.

The Giants losing their game on Sunday didn't change things much. They are 8-4 and still a probable Wild Card team. Currently, there is a battle in the NFC between the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions. Both teams won in Week 13 with Seattle now 8-3-1 and Detroit now 8-4. They are division leaders, and if you presume that Dallas will get the top seed in the NFC, a safe presumption right now, then Seattle and Detroit are in a battle for the 2nd seed.

That's important for purposes of avoiding possible elimination on Wild Card Weekend. Currently, the NFC's other playoff positions are held by the Atlanta Falcons at 7-5, the Giants at 8-4, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 7-5. Atlanta and Tampa Bay are in a battle for the NFC South divisional lead.

Oakland Raiders current top seed

In the AFC, both the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders are 10-2.

The Pats are heavy favorites to win their division while the Kansas City Chiefs are the only team with a realistic chance of catching Oakland in the standings. Both KC and Oakland play in the AFC West with KC 9-3. In the overall playoff picture, Oakland is currently the No. 1 seed, the Patriots are the No. 2 seed, while division leaders Baltimore and Houston are respective No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. Currently, the Wild Cards are both KC and Denver, the latter team at 8-4.

Baltimore and Houston are both in tough in the sense that they may be facing a scenario where they may not have an option other than winning their division. Baltimore is tied in wins with the Pittsburgh Steelers while Houston is neck-and-neck with Tennessee and maybe Indianapolis.

The losers there will have to contend with at least eight wins out of Denver and probably more. In fact, Denver and KC might raise the bar so high for the Wild Card that it would be out of reach for anyone outside of their division.

The Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs is just over one month away as it will be played the weekend of January 7th and 8th. The divisional round follows and then the conference championships. The date for the Super Bowl is February 5th, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

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