Week 17 NFL Playoff Scenarios

Week 17 NFL Playoff Scenarios

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Not outstanding, but not bad. All of the long-suffering Jets fans deserve it.

In maybe their last game representing America’s finest city, the San Diego Chargers (+8) go down fighting in Denver against the Broncos. They’ve gone through four different quarterbacks this season, yet still have an opportunity to close out the atrocious AFC South and head to the playoffs.

Check out these numbers from the last four times the Jets and Bills have met on the field: Buffalo has a four-game winning streak on the line, and they have outscored the Jets 140-57 in those games.

New England at Miami- The Patriots can secure the #1 seed in the AFC with a win over a Dolphins team whose season ended weeks ago.

Patriots (-9.5) at Dolphins: The Pats still have to fend off the Broncos for home field advantage throughout the playoffs, so they would be wise to cheat in their final regular season game.

Had the Steelers won that game, they would have played for the AFC championship the following week in Cleveland, a juicy proposition. Another strong performance by Arizona would enhance its status as a team to beat in the Super Bowl chase. With that in mind, I have to take the points. This would be their first winning season in three years where the Saints are just playing out the string. At the end of the picks, I’ll note a few teams that I like based on the spread. Obviously, they have a lot to play for on Sunday.

The last time a team in the AFC East other than the New England Patriots has made the playoffs was in 2010 when the New York Jets made the playoffs with a 11-5 record that was enough to get them a wild-card spot back then and it will be enough to get them one this year as well.

The Minnesota Vikings at the Green Bay Packers, for the NFC North championship, in the final game of the regular season. The Cowboys won the first meeting 19-16 in Washington and should get the win and cover here.

If the teams avoid upsets on Sunday, the NFC playoffs would open with the Vikings and Packers in a rematch at Lambeau Field and the Seahawks visiting the Redskins.

The Houston Texans handily took care of business at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cardinals have already wrapped up the NFC West Division and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. However, the Cardinals can still get the #1 seed in the NFC with a win and a Panthers loss. Despite this, I like the Raiders. Oakland is exactly the kind of team than can ruin the Chiefs’ day. The Raiders outgained the Chiefs 361-232 in that game. They get a nice tune-up game at home against a bad Bucs team. Cincinnati handled Baltimore and the Broncos play in the late afternoon. In that scenario, Kansas City will go from playing on the road next week to hosting a playoff game.

Tomsula took over a rough situation with the Niners, so he might survive such a poor record considering all the retirements, defections, injuries and regression by QB Colin Kaepernick. Meanwhile, Seattle is playoff-bound as well and have an opportunity to get the No. 5 seed, should they and Green Bay win. The Bengals won’t be so hospitable in Cincinnati, especially when they’re still playing for a possible first-round bye.

The game of the week for the state of Alabama is actually two games in Week 17. The Colts will be starting either Stephen Morris, Josh Freeman or Ryan Lindley at quarterback.

Zach Mettenberger versus whoever starts for the Colts. A second straight defeat after going 14-0 would allow the Cardinals to grab the top seed with a victory over Seattle, which owns a wild card.

Washington, which closed the season with its fourth straight win, is the fourth seed and will host the No. 5 seed.

The Vikings-Packers loser will be either the 5 or 6 seed depending on what the Seahawks do. If the game were to end in a tie, the Packers would be the division champs.

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