NFL Playoff Picture: Seed and Match Matches for AFC, NFC Brackets

As Week 16 comes up, nothing is set when it comes to sowing the NFL playoffs for the AFC and NFC postseason brackets. But based on our game choices for this week and how they will affect the play-off image, we can project the final brackets and matchups for the post-season.

Based on the NFL playoff scenarios for Week 16, one of the No. 1 seeds could be locked out by the end of Sunday’s first games. The Ravens only need to beat the Browns in order to secure the top seed in the AFC and gain the advantage of racing at home in all the playoffs. And even if they lose, they could still get seed no. 1 with some help elsewhere.

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Complete play-off picture Clinical scenarios

That first seed in the AFC is one of the many we feel comfortable projecting the final image of the NFL playoffs two weeks away from completion. In the NFC, of ​​course, the race for the top seed and / or a first round is a dandy.

Here’s our final look at the seeds and matchups in the NFL play-offs, followed by a look at the current (and real) playoff picture coming into Week 16.

NFL Grid Image: AFC Views

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Remaining games: at Browns, against Steelers

Baltimore can lock in that seed with a simple Week 16 win at Cleveland, a victory we highlight in our selections, with the road team being a 10-point favorite. If the Ravens cut the top seed this week, they are likely to rest General Lamar Jackson and other key fans in Week 17. Including the first round of players, this would make a two-week rest period for the best players in the best team of the NFL.

  • Seed No. 2: New England Patriots

Remaining games: against bills, against dolphins

We got the Patriots to beat the Bills this week, a victory that would give New England another AFC East title. The Chiefs with a beating win this week will still be alive for seed No. 2, but the bad news for Kansas City is New England hosting Miami on Week 17. The Pats won’t slip into that game as long as a first round is on the line.

  • Seed No. 3: Kansas City Managers

Remaining toys: in bears, against chargers

Since the Patriots win their next two games, the Chiefs are stuck with that seed, at best. And because we like to beat the Bears this week and take care of the Chargers in Week 17, they will hold the No. 3 seed over the Texans and host the Steelers in the wild-card round.

  • Seed No. 4: Houston Texans

Remaining games: at the Buccaneers, against the Titans

If the Texans beat the Buccaneers on Saturday – something they should – they will tighten the AFC South title. Because it is a complete game behind the Chiefs and because we do not see Kansas City losing in the last two weeks, the Texans will remain at No. 4 and host the wild card weekend accounts.

  • No. 5 seed: Buffalo Bills

Remaining games: Patriots vs. Jets

Buffalo is locked in the playoffs, but must beat New England to win the division and avoid a wild card slot. We believe the bills will drop Week 16’s game against the Patriots, which would lock them into seed no. 5. Of course, Buffalo should welcome a fight against Houston in the wild card round.

  • Seed no. 6: Pittsburgh Steelers

Remaining games: at Jets, at Ravens

Above all, this projection concerns the barbaric schedule ahead of the Titans, the Steelers’ first seed contest. 6. Tennessee has to play New Orleans and Houston to end the season, and Pittsburgh draws a bad New York team before a game against Baltimore, where the Ravens will probably rest their starting starters.

MORE: How the Steelers Can Win a Wild Card

NFL Grid Image: NFC Views

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  • Seed No. 1: The San Francisco 49ers

Remaining games: vs. Rams, in Seahawks

Because the 49ers took care of the Saints and the Packers earlier this season, they just need to win out to steal the No. 1 seed back. We like the odds of beating the Rams this week and this win could potentially create a league game. against the Seahawks. We like the chances of San Francisco in Seattle.

  • Seed No. 2: Saints of New Orleans

Remaining games: Titans, Panthers

If our predictions for this week prove to be true, the Saints will beat the Titans and the Vikings will beat the Packers. This would allow New Orleans to jump to the No. 2 seed and with both teams on the road against cruel opponents in Week 17, we like the Saints’ chances of staying at No. 2.

  • No. 3 seeds: Green Bay Packers

Remaining games: in the Vikings, in the Lions

A win over the Vikings would keep the Packers in the game for a first round, but we lost to Minnesota on Week 16. That would bring Green Bay back to seed No. 1. 3, where Minnesota would once again play the wild card round.

  • Seed No. 4: Dallas Cowboys

Remaining games: in Eagles, against Redskins

Simply put: If the Cowboys beat the Eagles on Sunday, they will tighten the NFC East title and lock up the No. 1 seed. 4 for the playoffs. This is exactly the result we expect for Week 16 of the Philadelphia game. Dallas will host Seattle in the playoffs for a second consecutive year.

  • No. 5 seed: Seatah Seahawks

Remaining games: at the Cardinals, against the 49ers

Assuming the Seahawks take care of the Cardinals this week, this projection concerns Week 17’s game against the 49ers. At the moment, we like San Francisco to win this game and force Seattle to travel to Dallas on the wild card round once again.

  • Seed No. 6: Minnesota Vikings

Games Remaining: vs. Packers, vs. Bears

If the Vikings beat the Packers on Monday night, as we predict, they’ll put up a playoff spot. (They will also come with a Rams loss to the 49ers on Saturday.) They could technically jump to seed No. 1. 5 or even beat the Packers to win the NFC North, but neither scenario is likely.

MORE: Vikings sowing scenarios

Current NFL playoff picture

Back to reality. Here’s how the image of the NFL playoffs seems to be heading into Week 16.

AFC

Seed
Club
Record
He was injured
1.
Baltimore Ravens
12-2
Division; play-off
2.
New England Patriots
11-3
Anchor in the playoff
3.
Managers of Kansas City
10-4
Division; play-off
4.
Houston Texas
9-5

5.
Buffalo Bills
10-4
Anchor in the playoff
6.
Pittsburgh Steelers
8-6

In the hunt: Titans (8-6), Browns (6-8), Raiders (6-8)

NFC

Seed
Club
Record
He was injured
1.
Seattle Seahawks
11-3
Anchor in the playoff
2.
Green Bay Packers
11-3
Anchor in the playoff
3.
Saints of New Orleans
11-3
Division; play-off
4.
Dallas Cowboys
7-7

5.
San Francisco 49ers
11-3
Anchor in the playoff
6.
Minnesota Vikings
10-4

In the hunt: Rams (8-6), Eagles (7-7)

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