Scenarios For NFL Playoffs – Week #15

This type of stuff makes my head hurt, but it’s the time of year for figuring out possible scenarios for the NFL playoffs. Certainly, this year it has a bit more interest with the Chiefs in the thick of things.

Here’s what the league has sent down this week on each AFC team that could clinch a spot in the playoffs this weekend. Essentially Jacksonville is the only team that could punch a ticket to the playoffs by themselves this weekend with a victory. Every other team would need help:

AFC

CLINCHED: New England – playoff spot.

STILL ALIVE: Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, New York Jets, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Tennessee

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England clinches AFC East division and a first-round bye with:

  • NE win + NYJ loss or tie OR
  • NE tie + NYJ loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division with:

  • PIT win + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL

Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye with:

  • PIT win + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL and JAX or
  • PIT win + BAL loss + JAX loss or tie + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:

  • PIT win or tie or
  • IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie or
  • IND loss or tie + KC loss.

There are other scenarios in which the Steelers may clinch a playoff spot if they clinch the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Jacksonville clinches AFC South division with:

  • JAX win

NEW YORK JETS

New York Jets clinch a playoff spot with:

  • NYJ win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + KC loss or
  • NYJ win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie or
  • NYJ tie + MIA loss + IND loss or tie + SD loss

There are other scenarios in which the Jets may clinch a playoff spot if they clinch the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with:

  • BAL win + IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie or
  • BAL win + IND loss or tie + MIA loss or tie + KC loss or
  • BAL tie + MIA loss or tie + SD loss + IND loss

There are other scenarios in which the Ravens may clinch a playoff spot if they clinch the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.


2 Responses to “Scenarios For NFL Playoffs – Week #15”

  • December 16, 2010  - cychief24 says:

    What are the Chiefs playoff scenarios if we lose one game and the Chuggers win out?


  • December 16, 2010  - cupp says:

    Then we’re probably out unless the jets continue to free fall and somehow we get a wild card, but there would be a few other teams involved like Indy/jax, miami. realistically we need a 3 game winning streak.




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