NFL Clinching Scenarios Week 16 The qualifying scenarios for the penultimate day
LThe NFL postseason is taking shape. There are already six teams that have secured their place in the Playoffs, three per conference. For the AFC, Chiefs, Steelers y Bills already have their ticket, while in the NFC the Packers, Saints y Seahawks they will play in January.
Week 15 also left Carolina, San Francisco, Denver, New England and Detroit eliminated, joining the Chargers, Jaguars, Texans, Bengals, Jets and Falcons to have 11 franchises that are already thinking about 2021.
In week 16, the penultimate of the regular season, there are seven more teams that could secure their ticket: Browns, Colts, Titans, Cardinals, Rams, Bucs y WashingtonIn addition, those already qualified could secure divisional or local titles. We could well get everything ready for the postseason, although there are complicated combinations that will surely leave things to be defined in week 17.
Longest Playoff drought In the NFL he is from the Ohio team, which has not reached the postseason since 2001, which is his only appearance since its revival in 1999.
But that can end on Sunday. At 10-4, they need help, but they can secure their ticket and, Thanks to Pittsburgh’s surprise loss on Monday, they can still claim the divisional title.
Cleveland qualifies if combined a victory yours with a defeat in Miami, Baltimore or Indianapolis, And it could, too, if they and the Dolphins tie, or if they tie and Baltimore loses.
The Colts have the same record as Tennessee (10-4) within the AFC South, but the loss to Jacksonville in Week 1 gives them one more divisional setback, so they could lose the division tiebreaker.
But Indianapolis could secure a playoff spot in a similar way to the Browns. They need to win Sunday in Pittsburgh and either Baltimore not win against the Giants, or Miami not win against the Raiders. They will also secure their spot without a tie and Miami and / or Baltimore lose.
The Titans have an advantage in the AFC South and could win their division if you combine a victory for him at Green Bay and a loss for the Colts at Pittsburgh.
Tennessee still doesn’t have its playoff ticket, but would secure at least one wild card spot with a win, or a loss for Baltimore and / or Miami, or with his tie and Ravens tie.
The Chiefs have the best record in the league and could clinch home and only bye in the AFC in one of three ways:
- Winning the Falcons
- With Steelers loss to Colts
- With the Bills’ loss to the Patriots
Steelers went from last undefeated to 11-3 in three weeks. They are in free fall, although they secured at least one wild-card spot last week, but the division title could be at risk if they lose, although they can secure it on Sunday. if they beat the Colts, or if Cleveland loses on their visit to the Jets, or if both teams tie.
In case of losing and Cleveland wins, in week 17 there would be a duel to win the AFC North at the home of the Browns.
The Red Birds haven’t been in the playoffs since they lost in the 2015 NFC final. They would cut the drought If they beat the 49ers and Chicago loses to Jacksonville, or if they tie and the Bears lose.
The Packers are the best in the National Conference at 11-3 and already have the NFC North title in their hands, but they would have the home and only bye If they win and Seattle doesn’t against the Rams, or with a combination of draw and losses to the Saints and Seahawks.
What a roll of the Rams last week, they just needed to win against the Jets to make the postseason. They let it go and now they could even miss the Playoffs, although they need Arizona to lose to San Francisco and Chicago to 9-7.
It seems that despite everything, the Rams will be in the Playoffs as they can secure their ticket in week 16 in several ways:
- Victoria ante Seattle
- Chicago defeat at Jacksonville
- Arizona win or draw against the 49ers, as this would break the tiebreaker criteria in their favor
The Saints have the division title within reach. They get it if they beat the Vikings on Christmas Day and even if they don’t, they assure if tampa bay loses in detroit, or if both teams tie.
They already have their ticket at least as a wild card, but they want to win the NFC West. They have the simplest formula, since having a game of advantage over the Rams, a win over Los Angeles on Sunday gives them the division for the first time since 2016.
Tom Brady’s Bucs would be in the Playoffs if they win or if Chicago doesn’t. To be eligible for the division, they need New Orleans to lose their last two and they win both.
The worst division in the NFL is going to have a winner going .500 or worse, no matter what. The Football Team arrives with a match advantage and they secure the ticket of one of two ways:
- Beating Carolina and the Giants don’t do it in Baltimore
- Tie, Giants lose and tie Eagles with Cowboys