NFL Playoff Picture: Standings & Potential Wild Card Matchups After Week 15

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Getty Kareem Hunt carried the Chiefs to a win over LA on Saturday.

After a pair of Saturday night contests, a smaller Sunday slate let’s us focus on pivotal Wild Card matchups.

In the early slate, it’s all about the return of Aaron Rodgers. A comeback win over the Browns kept Green Bay in the playoff hunt last week, but they’ll surely need to win out to keep pace in the Wild Card. The Pack end the season with two divisional opponents, including a Lions team in a similar situation.

But with last weeks injury to Carson Wentz, the NFC bracket has been thrown into chaos. Sure, Philly already has the NFC East on ice, but a first-round bye is now anything but guaranteed. Minnesota looks likely to take home-field advantage, and it’s possible the Eagles could fall all the way down to the fourth seed.

The Los Angeles Rams are in the midst of a massive turnaround, but a loss today against Seattle could see them exit the playoff race entirely. That could be a brief exit, as the Rams finish the season against beatable opponents Tennessee and San Francisco.

In the AFC, all eyes fall on the marquee matchup between Pittsburgh and New England. Tom Brady has electric splits when facing the Steelers, but a some of the more recent editions of this rivalry have been missing Steelers playmakers. Pittsburgh is full-strength (on offense) for this matchup, and a steady diet of Le’Veon Bell should have this game exceeding expectations.

Last week we talked about the crowded AFC West, and it could come down to a two-horse race after tonight. The Raiders are hosting the Cowboys in primetime, and a loss would drop them to a likely season-ending 6-8.

Jacksonville will be hosting a playoff game. Accept it and move on. Beyond that, it’ll be interesting to see how the young Jaguar defense stands against elite AFC offenses in January. The pressure will ultimately fall upon Blake Bortles, who will need to prove he is capable to keep defenses honest in the postseason.

On the fringe of the playoff hunt, the Titans and Bills are both interesting Wild Card contenders. Both play sound defense and run the ball, two things needed for success in the postseason. Creeping behind are the Chargers, who were cooled off in Kansas City but remain a dangerous postseason contender. It’s highly likely the Chargers, who finish the season against the Jets and Raiders, will replace one of those teams for a Wild Card spot.

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Here’s how the early playoff standings after the early games:

AFC Seeding

The Division Leaders:

1. New England Patriots — 11-3
2. Pittsburgh Steelers — 11-3
3. Jacksonville Jaguars — 10-4
4. Kansas City Chiefs — 8-6

The Wild Card Contenders:

5. Tennessee Titans — 8-6
6. Buffalo Bills — 8-6
7. Baltimore Ravens — 8-6
8. LA Chargers — 7-7

Potential Wild Card Matchups:

Bills at Jaguars

Titans at Chiefs

NFC Seeding

The Division Leaders:

1. Philadelphia Eagles — 12-2
2. Minnesota Vikings — 11-3
3. Los Angeles Rams — 10-4
4. New Orleans Saints — 10-4

The Wild Card Contenders:

5. Carolina Panthers — 10-4
6. Atlanta Falcons — 8-5
7. Seattle Seahawks — 8-6
8. Detroit Lions — 8-6

Potential Wild Card Matchups:

Falcons at Rams

Panthers at Saints

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In an article titled, 110 N.F.L. Brains, in the The New York Times, by authors, Joe Ward, Josh Williams and Sam Manchester, dated July 25th, 2017… and “conveniently blurred”, and copying made “deliberately problematic”!… Neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee, is reported to have amassed evidence of “chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.!… the degenerative disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head!)”, afterupon her examination of 202 deceased football players (a broad survey of her findings were published on the preceding Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in the The Journal of the American Medical Association!… the myriad symptoms of which, include memory loss, confusion, depression and dementia!… and can arise years after the “career blows to the head”!)!
Of the 202 players examined, 111 of them played in the N.F.L.– and 110 of those were found to have C.T.E.!
Simply put!… the term PUBLIC SLAVERY is an apt description for those who support both football, and boxing!… and, underscores the degree of “DEMOANASTROPHOPATHY (i.e., pathic public behavior!)” rampant in America! And!… the one major omission within Dr. McKee’s official report, is the etiology (the causation!) associated with the “PUBLIC BRAIN DAMAGE” tied to the public acceptance of football!… but also– I suggest!– boxing!
Lastly, given what sundry of the CRIMINAL BACKERS of these “sports” are capable of (and e.g., the respective team backers and the managers!), I fear for the safety of the political critics of these “industries”!… and!… I wonder what MANMADE TRAGEDY awaits such critics, as a result of their public shaming of the owners and operators of these American pastimes! Either the TRUE MEDICAL COMMUNITY… AND SCIENCE!… wins the “social debate” over the UTILITY of these “sports (so-called!)”, or the DEMOANASTROPHOPATHY wins (and, in the latter scenario, that includes the owners, players, and the DISEASED PUBLIC!… and, DESPITE THE EVIDENCE– THE FACTS!)!
Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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