NFL playoff picture: Texans jump Pats in Week 15, Eagles (barely) alive

9:30 PM ETKevin SeifertNFL Nation CloseESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008Week 15 brought a decidedly unfamiliar prospect in the AFC playoff picture: the New England Patriots playing on wild-card weekend for the first time since 2009. The Patriots fell below the Houston Texans, and into the No. 3 spot in the AFC race, after losing Sunday to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here is how the rest of the NFL playoff pict.. Read More

Projected 2019 NFL draft order: Cards are near locks for No. 1 pick

8:20 PM ETESPN.comThe Cardinals are now the overwhelming favorites to pick No. 1 overall in in the 2019 NFL draft, according to the ESPN Football Power Index (FPI). Each week, FPI projects the order of next year's draft by simulating the remainder of the season 10,000 times. Game probabilities are based largely on the model's ratings for individual teams in addition to game location. In some cases, the projected draft order will not match the current draft order. That's because th.. Read More