Welcome to the halfway point of the 2023 season. Week 10 with the defeating the 16-13, but that outcome did not affect the playoff picture we all should be paying attention to.In the AFC, all four teams in the AFC North would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. As for the NFC side of things, the are back in front in the NFC West, and the have claimed the top spot in the wide-open NFC South. How could the top seven seeds in each conference change over the next nine weeks?Below, we will take a look at the current playoff picture, and then discu s some bubble teams. Who is currently on the outside looking in that will make the playoffs? And who is currently in that won't be when the regular season is over?AFC Playoff PictureNFC Playoff Picture1. (7-2) 1st in AFC West1. (8-1) 1st in NFC East2. (7-2) 1st AFC North2. (6-2) 1st in NFC North3. (6-2) 1st in AFC South3. San Francisco 49ers (5-3) 1st in NFC West4. (6-3) 1st in AFC East4. New Orleans Saints (5-4) 1st in NFC South5. (5-3) 2nd in AFC North5. (5-3) 2nd in NFC West6. (5-3) 3rd in AFC North6. (5-3) 2nd in NFC East7. (5- Nick Williams Jersey 3) 4th in AFC North7. (5-4) 2nd in NFC NorthOn the bubbleOn the bubble8. (5-4) 2nd in AFC East8. (4-5) 3rd in NFC East9. (4-4) 2nd in AFC South9. (4-5) 2nd in NFC South10. (4-4) 2nd in AFC West10. (3-5) 3rd in NFC South11. (4-4) 3rd in AFC East11. (3-5) 3rd in NFC North12. (4-5) 3rd in AFC South12. (3-6) 3rd in NFC West13. (4-5) 3rd in AFC West13. Chicago Bears (3-7) 4th in NFC North14. (3-5) 4th in AFC South14. (2-7) 4th in NFC East15. (3-5) 4th in AFC West15.(1-8) 4th in NFC West16. (2-7) 4th in AFC East16. Carolina Panthers (1-8) 4th in NFC SouthNo. 5 Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) 2nd in AFC NorthThe Steelers are the first team in history with a winning record through eight games despite being outgained in each contest. Mike Tomlin is one of the best in the busine s, and this defense -- while not statistically elite -- po se ses plenty of talent. They don't look like a 5-3 team, but the fact is that they own the top wild card spot in the AFC halfway through the season. They are similar to last year's Vikings team, as the Steelers have now won eight straight one-score games.It would be easier to have more confidence in this team if the offense wasn't the fourth-worst unit in the NFL. How often does a team averaging 16.6 points per game make the postseason? Looking at Pittsburgh's schedule, it's po sible the Steelers finish 9-8, and should be right on the bubble. The Steelers have an interesting matchup with the Packers this week, the Browns in Week 11 and the Bengals twice -- including in Week 12. The end of the regular season is going to be pivotal, Nick Pivetta Jersey as Pittsburgh plays Cincinnati, Seattle and Baltimore to close out the year.Odds to make playoffs: Yes +120/No -150Prediction: No playoff berthNo. 6 Cleveland Browns (5-3) 3rd in AFC NorthThe Browns kept their head above water to say the least without in the lineup. They handed the 49ers their first lo s of the season, and won a thriller in Indianapolis. The $230 million man returned last Sunday, and threw two touchdowns in a blowout victory over the Cardinals. How Watson performs is still the X-factor for this team, but the defense is why Cleveland is currently in the playoffs.The Browns defense is one of the best units in the league. The 234.8 yards allowed per game ranks best since the 1991 Eagles, their 12.7% sack rate is the highest since the 2000 Saints, the third-down percentage of 26% is the best since the 2019 Patriots and the three-and-out percentage of 56.6% is the best since at least 2000. Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate is a huge reason for their succe s as he has become the . I'll take this team to make the playoffs.Odds to make playoffs: Yes -175/No +150Prediction: Playoff berthNo. 7 Cincinnati Bengals (5-3) 4th in AFC NorthEveryone would take the Bengals to make the playoffs today. and the boys shook off a 1-3 start to win four straight games, including contests over the Seahawks, 49ers and Bills. Cincy is Jorge Alfaro Jersey known for hot streaks late in the year, as the Bengals are 9-0 from November to January since the start of last season. That's tied for the best mark with the 49ers.The Bengals have the in the NFL, according to Tankathon, but their system cla sifies the Steelers and Vikings as "tough opponents," which could be subjective. I'm taking the Bengals to retain their playoff spot.Odds to make playoffs: Yes -300/No +240Prediction: Playoff berthNo. 8 Buffalo Bills (5-4) 2nd in AFC EastThe Bills have struggled through the first stage of the 2023 season, but are they due for a bounce-back second half? has thrown an interception in five straight games, and Buffalo has struggled away from home. The Bills are 4-0 in Buffalo, and 1-4 on the road or in London. They are averaging 16.7 more points scored at home compared to on the road.The defense has been a major talking point, but the Bills allow just 17.8 points per game, which ranks No. 5 in the NFL. Sure, I wish , and were healthy, but could be one of the most important trade-deadline additions. The Bills have not mi sed the postseason since 2018, and while they haven't looked great, I'll take them to find a way in.Odds to make playoffs: Yes -125/No +105Prediction: Playoff berthNo. 4 New Orleans Saints (5-4) 1st in NFC SouthWe didn't talk about a division leader in the AFC, but I want to talk about the Saints briefly. They are in the division lead after the Falcons suffered two straight upset lo ses, and the way the schedule lines up, I think and Co. hold onto this No. 4 spot.New Orleans' defense is still a top-10 unit, and the Saints don't face another "star quarterback" for the rest of the regular season. and maybe are the best, with others such as , and Taylor Heinicke/Desmond Ridder thrown in. I don't view the Saints as contenders, but I think they beat out the Falcons for the NFC South crown. Tankathon says the Saints and Falcons have the easiest remaining schedules, and if you look at the opponents, I would argue New Orleans' is easier.Odds to make playoffs: Yes -325/No +250Prediction: Playoff berthNo. 5 Seattle Seahawks (5-3) 2nd in NFC WestI'm not going to overreact to the Seahawks' terrible lo s to the Ravens. Baltimore is a top-three team, while the Seahawks are not. That doesn't mean they are "bad." The Lions got destroyed in Baltimore, too, but they are going to win the NFC North.Once again, Seattle's young talent is going to carry the Seahawks to a wild-card spot. Rookie wideout accounted for 63 of Seattle's 157 receiving yards last week, and rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon is allowing 4.1 yards per attempt when targeted in coverage, which is second best in the NFL behind of the Bears.Seattle's remaining schedule is very Greg Luzinski Jersey middle of the road, but it hasn't faced San Francisco yet. Still, I'll take , and the defense that just added in the middle to make the playoffs.Odds to make playoffs: Yes -325/No +250Prediction: Playoff berthNo. 6 Dallas Cowboys (5-3) 2nd in NFC EastThe Cowboys have the No. 10 offense, No. 3 scoring offense, No. 3 defense and No. 6 scoring defense. had a solid game against Philly last week, but how the contest ended, of course, is the headline. Dallas had three scorele s drives in the fourth quarter that ended inside the Eagles' 30-yard line, and the Cowboys outgained the Eagles by 149 yards in that final quarter. Dallas lost by five points.Are the Cowboys the same team they've been over the past few years, where they win plenty of regular-season games but can't put together a playoff run? That's to be determined, but Dallas should make the playoffs. Just look at those odds below.Odds to make playoffs: Yes -2000/No +1000Prediction: Playoff berthNo. 7 Minnesota Vikings (5-4) 2nd in NFC NorthThe legend of was born last week. The recently acquired quarterback led a game Andrew McCutchen Jersey -winning drive to defeat the Falcons in Atlanta, even though he was with his new team for just five days! Dobbs didn't know his teammates and didn't know the playbook, but it didn't even matter. I think he's a great addition to a team that didn't want to completely give up on the season with going down, but can he carry Minnesota to the postseason? That would be the story of the year.The Vikings are one of just four NFL teams to have scored at least 17 points in every game this season, but they have an interesting stretch coming up with the Saints at home, and then the Broncos in Denver in prime time. The Vikings also haven't played the Lions yet this season, which is a tough matchup. I'm going to say the Vikings end up losing their playoff spot, but maybe counting Dobbs out is foolish.Odds to make playoffs: Yes +120/No -150Prediction: No playoff berthNo. 9 Atlanta Falcons (4-5) 2nd in NFC SouthSo, we have the Seahawks and Cowboys taking two of the three wild-card spots in the NFC. Who takes the third? This final playoff spot could potentially come down to the Falcons or Commanders. If it does, I'm siding with Atlanta. Wouldn't that be something? Heinicke vying for a postseason spot against his former team?Why do I like the Falcons more even after they lost to the Commanders a couple weeks ago? Well, Tankathon says they have the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL, and there's no doubt their division is easier. is an underrated quarterback, but his offensive line has struggled to protect him, and Washington's schedule includes five matchups with teams currently above .500. Washington has defeated a team above .500 just one time all year.Odds to make playoffs: Yes +110/No -140Prediction: Playoff berth