While quite a bit was resolved with Sunday's Week 16 NFL games, including the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Houston Texans all clinching playoff berths, there's still a lot of jockeying for first-round byes and playoff seeding. Outside of the New Orleans Saints securing the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, almost every other team can shift with a win or a loss in Week 17.
Note: X means a team has clinched a playoff berth, Y means a team has a first-round bye, and Z means that a team that has clinched its division.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) – X
2. New England Patriots (10-5) – Z
The Patriots clinched the AFC East in Week 16 and can lock up a first-round bye with a win over the New York Jets in Week 17. Amazingly, the Pats still have a chance at the No. 1 seed --
2001— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) December 23, 2018
The Patriots are the 2018 AFC East Champions!
10 straight division titles!
16 division titles for Bill Belichick & Tom Brady!
First team in NFL history to make the playoffs 10 straight seasons! pic.twitter.com/xu4a3FlfEG
3. Houston Texans (10-5) – X
The Texans clinched a playoff berth despite their loss to the Eagles on Sunday. With a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17, they would win the AFC South. A loss would drop them to a Wild Card spot, with the winner of the Indianapolis Colts-Tennessee Titans game taking home the division.
4. Baltimore Ravens (9-6)
The Baltimore Ravens are the No. 4 seed right now but haven't even clinched a playoff spot. With a win over the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens win the AFC North. If they lose, and the Steelers fall to the Bengals in Week 17, then Baltimore takes the division crown as well.
5. Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) – X
The Chargers are in the playoffs and will likely be the No. 5 seed. However, with a win against the Denver Broncos and a loss by the Chiefs to the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead, the Chargers would end up with home-field advantage and an AFC West division title.
6. Indianapolis Colts (9-6)
The Colts control their own path to the playoffs. Simply beat the
In The Hunt:
- Tennessee Titans (9-6): The Titans are in the same boat as the Colts. Win and they're in, either as the AFC South champ or the No. 6 seed.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1): The Steelers' best path to the playoffs is with a division title. If they beat Cincinnati an the Ravens lose, then they're in. Surprisingly, their playoff hopes could come down to the Sunday night game as a win by Pittsburgh and a tie between the Colts and the Titans would put the Steelers in as a Wild Card team.
It's official: If the Colts beat the Titans on Sunday, they're in the playoffs.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) December 24, 2018
From a 1-5 start – and tied for the worst record in football – to 60 minutes from the postseason.
(One more thing: Andrew Luck's never lost to the Titans in his career.)
1. New Orleans Saints (13-2) – Y*
The Saints clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with their win over the Steelers in Week 16. As the No. 1 seed in the NFC, it's quite possible that the Saints next road game is the Super Bowl
2. Los Angeles Rams (12-3) – Z
The Rams clinched the NFC West a few weeks back and are still in line for a first-round bye. A win in Week 17 over the San Fransisco 49ers would do just that. However, a loss and a Bears' win would knock them down to the No. 3 seed. If both teams lose, the Rams remain the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
3. Chicago Bears (11-4) – Z
The Bears are just one game behind the Rams and have the head-to-head tiebreaker. They've already clinched the NFC South, but a win over the Minnesota Vikings coupled with a Rams' loss would catapult them to the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.
4. Dallas Cowboys (9-6) – Z
The Cowboys won the NFC East for the third time in five seasons. Dallas is locked into the No. 4 seed and will host a Wild Card Weekend game at Jerry's World.
5. Seattle Seahawks (9-6) – X
The Seahawks are in the playoffs again, following a win at home over the current No. 1 seed in the AFC, the Chiefs. But their seeding can change with a win or a loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17. If they win, they get the No. 5 seed. If the Vikings lose, they get the No. 5 seed. If the Seahawks lose, and the Vikings win, however, Seattle then drops to the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Eagles not knowing if they'll make the playoffs but still enjoying this ride with Nick Foles pic.twitter.com/F2RCgyqlOS— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 23, 2018
6. Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1)
The Vikings are in with a win, or an Eagles loss. They can also move up to the fifth seed with a win over the Bears and a Seattle loss.
In The Hunt:
- Philadelphia Eagles (8-7): Just when you were ready to count the Eagles out, the defending Super Bowl champions just keep trucking along. They need some help, but a win against the Washington Redskins and a Vikings' loss in Week 17 and Philadelphia is back in the playoffs as a Wild Card team.
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