NFL Playoff Picture: Standings & Potential Wild Card Matchups After Week 16

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With two weeks left to play in the NFL’s regular season, teams are losing control of their destiny. Playoff spots are within one game at the bottom of both brackets, and tiebreakers are becoming increasingly important.

For some teams, there’s no point in looking ahead if the job isn’t done this week. The Ravens took care of business on Saturday, beating the Colts to keep their Wild Card position intact. The Ravens can now spend Sunday watching RedZone, where the three teams surrounding them in the standings all play during the early slate.

Of that group, the team most likely to miss out on the playoffs is the Tennessee Titans. The Titans not only have to win at Los Angeles on Sunday, but must beat Jacksonville next week to keep pace in the AFC. Seven losses might be enough to sneak into the final playoff spot, but 8-8 will likely see the Titans watching the postseason from home.

For straight elimination, look no further than than Lions or Cowboys this Christmas Eve. Both teams are favored to keep their seasons alive this week, especially the Cowboys, who are getting Ezekiel Elliot back in the lineup at their most desperate moment.

At the top of the brackets, the Patriots can get an early Christmas present from a former coach. If Bill O’Brien can lead to the Texans to a win over the Steelers on Monday, it will lock up home-field advantage through the AFC playoffs. Home-field advantage is especially intriguing int the NFC, where the Eagles could use some extra support without Carson Wentz. The matchups are favorable for the Eagles, but it still looks like the Vikings and Rams are the most formidable teams to emerge from the conference.

For a full list of NFL tiebreaking procedures, click here.

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

AFC Seeding

The Division Leaders:

1. New England Patriots** — 12-3
2. Pittsburgh Steelers** — 11-3
3. Jacksonville Jaguars* — 10-5
4. Kansas City Chiefs — 9-6

The Wild Card Contenders:

5. Baltimore Ravens — 9-6
6. Tennessee Titans — 8-7
7. Buffalo Bills — 8-7
8. LA Chargers — 8-7

Potential Wild Card Matchups:

Titans at Jaguars

Ravens at Chiefs

NFC Seeding

The Division Leaders:

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

The Wild Card Contenders:

5. Carolina Panthers — 11-4
6. Atlanta Falcons — 9-6
7. Seattle Seahawks — 9-6
8. Detroit Lions — 8-7

Potential Wild Card Matchups:

Falcons at Rams

Panthers at Saints

*= Clinched playoff spot
**= Clinched division

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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!

Boston Irish

Hey Rick, my Patriots are looking pretty damn good, aren’t they? ( another first round bye! )
Too bad about your Giants. ( Pats kryptonite! )
Don’t worry, we’ll blast those Jets out next week and that should please you.
Have a Merry Christmas and/or Happy Hannuka man! ( I’m aware it ended already, but still well wishes just the same! )

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