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The Ravens have to win this week to clinch the AFC North but can their do it against the Giants.
Now that we're in the last two weeks of the season, the playoff scenarios are starting to come into focus.
Here's a look at the scenarios and my predictions:
AFC - Playoff Scenarios
HOUSTON TEXANS - Playing Minnesota
Houston can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) HOU win or tie OR - I expect Houston to win this game, they should lock-up Sunday.
2) NE loss or tie OR - Playing Jacksonville this week, Patriots won't lose
3) DEN loss - Playing Cleveland, Broncos win.
Houston can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with:
1) HOU win OR - Again, I expect Houston to win this game.
2) HOU tie + DEN loss or tie OR - Ties are rare and Denver isn't going to lose in Cleveland
3) NE loss or tie + DEN loss - Not likely that either team will lose this week.
Houston - The bottom line here is that Houston is going to lock-up home field throughout the playoffs in the AFC.
DENVER BRONCOS - Playing Cleveland
Denver can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) DEN win + NE loss or tie OR - Likely that Broncos will win but the Patriots will not lose vs Jax,
2) DEN tie + NE loss - Ties are unlikely and again, Pats will not lose
Denver - The bottom line here is that Denver and New England will win and the second bye will be determined in week 17
BALTIMORE RAVENS - Playing the Giants
Baltimore can clinch the AFC North division with:
1) BAL win OR - The Giants are coming off an embarrasing loss to the Falcons and the Ravens are still trying to figure out their new offense. I expect the Giants to win.
2) BAL tie + CIN loss or tie - The tie is not likely but I do expect the Bengals to lose vs the Steelers.
Baltimore - The Ravens will not lock up the playoffs this week and will be in a must win in week 17.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS - Playing the Chiefs
Indianapolis can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) IND win or tie OR - The Colts will win this game and clinch a playoff spot.
2) IND clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over CIN OR - This comes down to points scored, I don't think this will come into play with the Colts winning.
3) PIT loss or tie - The Steelers should win against the Bengals but this is a possibility.
Colts - The bottom line here is that Andrew Luck and the Colts will lock-up a playoff spot.
CINCINNATI BENGALS - Playing Steelers
Cincinnati can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) CIN win - I do not expect the Bengals to win this game but it wouldn't shock me if they did.
Bengals - Cincinnati is not going to win this week and will be in a must win situation in week 17.
NFC Week 16 Playoff Scenarios
ATLANTA FALCONS - Playing Detroit
Atlanta can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) ATL win or tie OR - The Falcons are rolling and the Lions are terrible right now. Falcons win.
2) GB loss or tie OR - The Packers are playing well and the Titans are not a threat. Packers not likely to lose this one.
3) SF loss - I expect San Fran to win this game but it would not shock me if they lost.
Atlanta can clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) ATL win OR - The Falcons win against the Lions and clinch
2) ATL tie + SF loss or tie OR - Ties are not likely.
3) GB loss or tie + SF loss - Ties are not likely but San Fran could lose.
Atlanta - The Falcons will beat the Lions and lock-up home field in the NFC.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS - Playing @ Seattle
San Francisco can clinch the NFC West division with:
1) SF win or tie OR - I'm going with San Fran on the road but I could see the Seahawks winning.
San Francisco can clinch a first-round bye with:
1) SF win + GB loss or tie OR - San Fran will win this week but the Packers are not going to lose to the Titans.
2) SF tie + GB loss - Ties don't happen and Packers are not going to lose.
San Francisco - The 49ers can lock-up the division with a road win this week against a tough Seattle team. I expect the 49ers to win.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS - Playing Eagles.
Washington can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) WAS win + NYG loss + CHI loss + MIN loss - The Redskins should win their game against the Eagles. The Giants will beat the Ravens, the Bears will beat the Cardinals and Minnesota will lose to Houston.
Washington - The Redskins are a great story but need too much help to lock-up the playoffs this week. They need to win and go into next week with the possibility of making the playoffs.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS - Playing San Francisco
Seattle can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) SEA win OR - I've picked to San Francisco to win but I should go with Seattle at home.
2) SEA tie + NYG loss + CHI loss or tie OR - Ties not likely and both Giants and Bears win.
3) SEA tie + NYG loss + MIN loss or tie OR - Ties not likely, Giants win but Vikings lose.
4) SEA tie + CHI loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR - Ties are not likely, Bears win but Vikings lose.
5) SEA tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + CHI loss or tie OR - Ties not likely, Dallas Loses, Redskins Wins and Bears win.
6) SEA tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss or tie OR - Ties not likely, Dallas loses, Washington wins and Vikings lose.
7) CHI loss + MIN loss + WAS loss OR - Bears win, Vikings lose, Redskins win.
8) CHI loss + MIN loss + DAL loss or tie + WAS tie - Bears win, Vikings lose, Dallas loses and Redskins win.
Seattle - The Seahawks have a lot of options to make the playoffs but the easiest is for them to win at home against the 49ers.
NEW YORK GIANTS - @ Baltimore
NY Giants can clinch a playoff berth with:
1) NYG win + CHI loss + MIN loss + DAL loss + WAS loss or tie OR - Giants should win this game coming off a disappointing blowout last week, Bears win, Vikings lose, Dallas loses.
2) NYG win + CHI loss + MIN loss + WAS loss + DAL tie - Giants should win, Bears win, Vikings lose, Dallas loses.
Giants - The Giants need too much help this week and will be in a must win situation next week.
That's a look at the playoff options for week 16.
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