Week 16 is here, and with less than two weeks remaining in the regular 2019 season, the NFL playoff picture is almost complete based on the current AFC and NFC rankings.
Here’s an up-to-date look at what each conference field will look like now, which teams are still in contention, and which teams should already be thinking about the offseason.
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NFL Ranking for Week 16
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Who would it be?
1. Ravens, champions, AFC North (12-2) – The Ravens had little trouble against the Jets in Week 15. With yet another win or loss to the Patriots, they will secure the top seed and home game advantage in all AFC playoffs by playing one game (along with a head-to-head tiebreaker ) to the Patriots. Who’s left to play: at the Browns, against the Steelers
2. Patriots, first place, AFC East (11-3) – The Patriots won a playoff spot, beating the Bengals in Week 15. They will win the division with a win in one of their last two games. Going 2-0 will allow them to keep at least that seed. Going 1-1 puts them at risk of falling behind the Chiefs. Who’s left to play: against bills, against dolphins Patriotic sowing scenarios
3. Heads, champions, AFC West (10-4) – The Chiefs beat the Broncos in Week 15 to put pressure on the Patriots, the team ahead of them to win. They need to continue to win and get some great help to advance to the top. Who’s left to play: in bears vs. chargers Sowing head scripts
4. Texans, first place, AFC South (9-5) -The Texans beat the Titans in Week 15 to stay in first place in the division. They are in a good position to beat the South now as they take on the Titans at home in Week 17. They have beaten the Patriots and Chiefs, but it will be difficult for them to move upwards because it is a complete game behind No 3. Who’s left to play: in the Buccaneers, against the Titans
5. Bills, second place, AFC East (10-4) – The Bills got a playoff spot with their Week 15 win over the Steelers. To win the division, they need to stay warm and win, including New England in Week 16. Beyond that, they also need the Dolphins to beat the Patriots in Week 17. While this scenario seems unlikely, Buffalo at least return to this top wild card. Who’s left to play: in the Patriots, against the Jets
6. Steelers, second place, AFC North (8-6) – The Steelers remain at this point despite losing their week in the accounts because they hold the tiebreaker for the conference over the Titans. They still have to worry about some behind them and the best way to alleviate those worries is to win. Who’s left to play: at the Jets, at the Ravens
Who can get there?
7. Titans (8-6). 8. Browns (6-8); 10. Raiders (6-8)
The Titans suffered a severe loss to the Texans in Week 15 to hurt both division chances and wild cards. The Browns and Raiders both lost in Week 15, but their loss to the Steelers prevented them from being eliminated until Sunday of Week 16.
10. Poles (6-8); 11. Broncos (5-9). 12. Jaguars (5-9); 13. Chargers (5-9); 14. Jet (5-9); 15. Dolphins (3-11). 16. Bengals (1-13)
The Koteles were eliminated by the loss of 15 Monday in the Saints. The Broncos were eliminated by losing Week 15 on Sunday to the Chiefs. The Jaguars were eliminated with the Week 14 loss to the Chargers, who were also eliminated from the Steelers victory.
The Jets were eliminated by both the Steelers and the Titans who won Week 14. The Dolphins were eliminated in Week 13. The Bengals continue to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
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Who would it be?
1. Seahawks, first place, NFC West (11-3) – The Seahawks won a big win over the Panthers in Week 15. With that, they won a playoff spot thanks to the Rams losing to the Cowboys and went back to the 49ers in the division race thanks to a heads-to-head tiebreaker. The segment is still poised to drop to its Week 17 record in Seattle. They have the No. 1 seed for now over the Packers, also because of the common-games tiebreaker. Who’s left to play: against the Cardinals, against the 49ers Seahawks sowing scenarios
2. Packers, first place, NFC North (11-3) – The Packers retained the monopoly and heads-to-head tiebreaker lead over the Vikings in the division after beating the Bears on Week 15. They lost the Saints to No. 2 last week thanks to a better conference record. The Packers tied a playoff spot with the Rams losing to the Cowboys. They still have work to do in the division to secure the title, just one win in one of their last two games. Who’s left to play: in the Vikings, in the Lions Scenarios for packing seeds
3. Saints, Champions, NFC South (11-3) – The Saints are back on track against the unwieldy Colts in Week 15 and can win with a favorable timetable remaining. Then the Packers need to lose and hope the Seahawks, who beat them, will win the NFC West to get the first seed. They currently have worse conference records than the two divisional leaders ahead of them. Who’s left to play: to the Titans, to the Panthers Holy scene sowing scenarios
4. Cowboys, first place, NFC East (7-7) – The Cowboys jumped back to the Eagles in Week 15, beating the Rams. Holds the heads-to-head tiebreaker heading into the rematch with Philadelphia in Week 16. This game is set to determine the division champion, however, with each team having an easier home matchup to close out week 17 The Cowboys Get Split by Sweeping the Season Series The Eagles still have to win Week 17 if they defeat the Cowboys. Who’s left to play: in Eagles, vs. Redskins.
5. 49ers, second place, NFC West (11-3) – The 49ers were upset by the Falcons in Week 15, falling to No. 1 and giving the Seahawks the lead with two games left, including one against the other. The 49ers won a playoff spot in Week 15, however, thanks to the Rams’ loss to the Cowboys. If they can win and get the division back, they will still end up with the seed of no. 1, because they win both the Packers and Saints. Who’s left to play: vs. Rams, in Seahawks | 49ers sowing scenarios
6. Vikings, second place, NFC North (10-4) -The Vikings took care of the Chargers action on Week 15 to maintain their position with the Packers and, equally important, weaken the Rams’ lost hopes in the card game, eliminating the Bears. They need just one more win or a loss for the Rams to secure at least that seed. They need to win away, including the Packers team in Week 16, to have the chance to take the division. Who’s left to play: against the Packers, against the bears
Who can get there?
7. Wedding rings (8-6). 8. Eagles (7-7)
The Rams, after losing to the Cowboys in Week 15, must now win and hope the Vikings lose to get the final wild NFC card thanks to a better conference record. The Eagles’ chances of a playoff are to win the NFC East over the Cowboys, which means they have to beat Dallas at home in Week 16.
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10. Shorts (7-7). 11. Hawks (5-9); 12. Panthers (5-9). 13. Cardinals (4-9-1); 14. Lions (3-10-1); 15. Red skins (3-11); 16. Giants (3-11)
The Bucs pushed the Lions further into Week 15, but had already been eliminated by a wild card. The Panthers and Redskins, before losing again to Week 15, were eliminated by their respective losses to the Falcons and the Packers in Week 14.
The Lions, Hawks, Giants and Cardinals were eliminated with corresponding losses to the Bears, Saints, Packers and Rocks in Week 13.