Our information to the present NFL playoff image, together with the groups who’ve booked their post-season slot and people nonetheless within the hunt
By Cameron Hogwood
Final Up to date: 24/12/19 10:30am
Which groups have booked their spot within the NFL playoffs? Who’re nearly there? Which groups nonetheless have some extra work to do?
Whereas the AFC playoff image is nearing completion, it is nonetheless all to play for in a stacked NFC with two division titles nonetheless undecided.
Right here is our information to the present standings heading into the ultimate week of the common season…
NFL playoff image
|1. Baltimore Ravens (13-2)||1. San Francisco 49ers (12-3)|
|2. New England Patriots (12-3)||2. Inexperienced Bay Packers (12-3)|
|3. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (10-4)||3. New Orleans Saints (12-3)|
|4. Houston Texans (10-5)||4. Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)|
|5. Buffalo Payments (10-5)||5. Seattle Seahawks (11-4)|
|Tennessee Titans (8-7)||6. Minnesota Vikings (10-5)|
1. Baltimore Ravens (13-2)
Lamar Jackson went 20 of 31 for 238 yards and three touchdowns in addition to speeding for 103 yards because the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 31-15 to clinch the No 1 seed and home-field benefit within the playoffs. They now face a wait to search out out who their first post-season opponents shall be. Within the meantime Jackson and several other different key starters are set to be rested when the Ravens conclude the common season towards the Pittsburgh Steelers.
2. New England Patriots (12-3)
Saturday’s 24-17 win over the Payments noticed the Patriots topped AFC East champions for the 11th successive 12 months. They are going to safe the No 2 seed and an all-important first-round bye in the event that they beat the Miami Dolphins in Week 17, whereas defeat for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs towards the Los Angeles Chargers may even do the job.
3. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (11-4)
The Chiefs sealed the AFC West title with a 23-16 win over the Patriots in Week 14 and will but safe the No 2 seed in the event that they beat the Chargers and New England lose to Miami. It marks the fifth 12 months in a row and sixth time within the final seven years that Kansas Metropolis have made the playoffs beneath head coach Andy Reid.
4. Houston Texans (10-5)
The Texans clinched the AFC South title for the second 12 months in a row as they beat the Buccaneers 23-20 in Week 16. This got here after that they had fended off shut competitors from the Tennessee Titans with a 24-21 victory the earlier week. Invoice O’Brien’s males can rise to the No Three seed in the event that they win towards the Titans and the Chiefs are overwhelmed by the Chargers.
5. Buffalo Payments (10-5)
Buffalo could not derail the Patriots on Saturday, however they will not thoughts. They’d already secured their playoff berth by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15.
6. Tennessee Titans (8-7)
There’s nonetheless work to be performed in Tennessee after the No 6 seed Titans had been overwhelmed 38-28 by the Saints in a sport that bizarrely had zero playoff implications. They are going to clinch the ultimate slot in the event that they beat the Texans in Week 17, or the Steelers and Indianapolis Colts lose.
Within the hunt:
The Steelers (8-7) require a victory over the Baltimore Ravens and a defeat for the Titans towards the Texans if they’re to make the playoffs. The Oakland Raiders (7-8) nonetheless one way or the other have a path to playoff soccer. They have to win towards the Denver Broncos whereas hoping the Ravens, Texans, Colts and one of many Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Chiefs or Patriots all win.
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1. San Francisco 49ers (12-3)
Between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, it seems like no person is prepared to get a stronghold on prime spot within the NFC West. San Francisco will safe the No 1 seed within the NFC with a win over the Seahawks on the ultimate day, however a loss would see them drop again into the Wild Card positions.
2. Inexperienced Bay Packers (12-3)
Aaron Jones rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns because the Packers beat the Vikings 23-10 on Monday evening to clinch the NFC North title. They leapfrogged the Saints into the No 2 seed due to their tiebreaker, which additionally means they’ll transfer into the No 1 seed in the event that they beat the Detroit Lions in Week 17 and the Seahawks win towards the 49ers. A win over the Lions alone would safe the Packers a first-round bye and home-field benefit.
3. New Orleans Saints (12-3)
The Saints have already clinched the NFC South title, however stay within the hunt for a first-round bye. Although unlikely, New Orleans can nonetheless declare the No 1 seed with a win over the Carolina Panthers, a Lions win over the Packers and a Seahawks win over the 49ers. They are going to reclaim the No 2 seed in the event that they beat the Panthers, the Seahawks beat the 49ers and the Packers beat the Lions.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (8-7)
The Eagles are alive. Having suffered a demoralising 37-31 loss to the Dolphins in Week 13, they’ve since received three in a row together with a 17-9 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday to maneuver above their rivals into prime spot within the NFC East. A win over the New York Giants in Week 17 will clinch what as soon as appeared an unlikely playoff berth and division title.
5. Seattle Seahawks (11-4)
A 27-13 defeat to the Arizona Cardinals served as a serious dent within the Seahawks’ pursuit of a first-round bye within the playoffs, seeing them drop right down to the No 5 seed. Lose to the 49ers and so they might discover themselves because the No 6 seed. Issues have not been helped by accidents to operating backs Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny and C.J. Prosise, though Seattle have been fast to react by bringing again veteran Marshawn Lynch.
6. Minnesota Vikings (10-5)
The Vikings’ playoff spot was confirmed in Week 16 because the 49ers eradicated the Los Angeles Rams with a 34-31 victory. They could not, nonetheless, ship the NFC North title race into the ultimate week on Monday evening, with their 23-10 loss to the Packers locking them in because the No 6 seed.
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Within the hunt:
The Cowboys (7-8) should see off the Washington Redskins and hope the Giants overcome the Eagles if they’re to clinch the NFC East title and make it to the playoffs. Fail to take action and it’s important to surprise what meaning for head coach Jason Garrett in 2020.