Six weeks remain in the 2022 NFL regular season. While each player and coach will continue to focus on the next matchup, we can't help but peek ahead at remainder of the schedule.

There are plenty of circles left on the calendar.

Division titles, wild-card races and playoff seeding will all be decided in this final stretch. All six upcoming weeks have marquee games that should have a substantial impact on the AFC and NFC standings.

The choices are subjective, and a potential Week 17 contest might not be as important then as it seems today. That's the inherent risk of looking a month into the future.

However, the list is focused entirely on postseason storylines and the teams in best position to create them.


Week 13: Can You Catch KC?

As a whole, the Week 13 slate is loaded.

There are several cross-conference matchups worth watching, including the New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers.

Among that group, every team is currently on the good side of the playoff cut. Also, though, the Cincinnati Bengals host the marquee game of the weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship Game.

The rematch isn't the lone major storyline, though.

Kansas City (9-2) is standing atop the AFC, and Cincinnati (7-4) is KC's lone remaining AFC opponent with a winning record. While a division foe potentially could defeat the Chiefs later, the Bengals are effectively the last great option to prevent Kansas City from earning the AFC's No. 1 seed.

If the Chiefs win in Cincinnati, the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC will likely run through Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City.


Week 14: Giants' Big Chance

Two contests jump off the schedule in Week 14: Philadelphia at the New York Giants and Miami at the Los Angeles Chargers.

The latter is important because the Dolphins (8-3) are seeking an AFC East crown, along with a possible first-round bye if Kansas City stumbles. Meanwhile, the Chargers (6-5) are fighting for their playoff lives.

But the Giants are starting to slip.

After a 6-1 start, they've lost three of the last four games to drop to 7-4. Their remaining schedule is brutal, too. Two outings against the Washington Commanders (7-5) bookend the Giants' home date against the NFL-leading Eagles (10-1).

New York has no better chance to earn a statement win than at home opposite the Eagles. Conversely, a loss here with trips to Washington, Philly and the Vikings (9-2) still remaining could put the Giants in an unfavorable spot to make the playoffs.