NFL playoff picture: Cowboys could become first to clinch spot

Here's how the NFL playoff picture looks heading into Week 13.

AFC
1. New England Patriots (9-2): AFC East leader. If the Pats and Raiders both win, Oakland would move back into the top spot due to a superior strength of victory tiebreaker.
2. Oakland Raiders (9-2): AFC West leader. If they lose, they're in jeopardy of relinquishing a high speed and the division lead to Kansas City.
3. Baltimore Ravens (6-5): AFC North leader. A loss combined with a Pittsburgh Steelers win would knock Baltimore from the field.
4. Houston Texans (6-5): AFC South leader. They could wind up in a three-way division tie with the Tennessee Titans, who are on bye, and Indianapolis Colts. But the Texans have beaten both teams, so they'd remain in field even in defeat.
5. Kansas City Chiefs (8-3): Wild card No. 1. They retake AFC West lead with a win and Oakland loss but can do no worse than their current seed.
6. Miami Dolphins (7-4): Wild card No. 2. A loss combined with a Denver Broncos win drops Miami out. Otherwise, they'll remain in sixth spot.

NFC
1. Dallas Cowboys (10-1): NFC East leader. They'll be first team to clinch a playoff berth by beating the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, then hoping either the Redskins or Tampa Bay Buccaneers lose.
2. Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1): NFC West leader. They're comfortably ahead in their division, but a loss could cost them control of attaining a first-round bye.
3. Detroit Lions (7-4): NFC North leader. They'll remain atop division win or lose but have chance to overtake Seattle.
4. Atlanta Falcons (7-4): NFC South leader. They'll remain atop division win or lose and also might overtake Seattle.
5. New York Giants (8-3): Wild card No.1. They're locked into this spot for Week 13.
6. Washington Redskins (6-4-1): Wild card No. 2. A loss would open door for Tampa Bay or Minnesota, who are both 6-5, to move into the sixth spot.

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