It took 16 weeks, but the picture of the NFL playoffs is finally starting to clear up. Well, at least in the NFC, where five of the seven playoff spots were clinched before Week 17.
In the AFC, the only team that can sleep soundly right now is the Chiefs, and that’s because they’re the only team to have landed a playoff berth, which means there are still six spots left. up for grabs in the conference. And the craziest thing is that there are 13 teams fighting for these places.
With the AFC still up for grabs, we’re here to help you make sense of all the chaos, and we’re going to do that by screening the 14 teams that will advance to the playoffs. Projections are based on data from SportsLine.com’s Stephen Oh dialer. Oh plugged some numbers into his SportsLine computer and simulated the rest of the NFL season, and using those numbers, not only were we able to determine the playoff odds for each team, but we’re also going to project the whole thing. of the playoff field.
With that in mind, let’s move on to this week’s playoff screenings. In fact, before I do that, here’s a draft that Jets, Texans, Jaguars, Lions, Bears, Seahawks, Giants, and Panthers fans might want to read. Those eight teams have been officially eliminated, and if you’re a fan of any of those eight teams, a draft draft mockup will likely be a lot more exciting to read than this playoff screening.
As for everyone, let’s move on to the projection.
To note: Keep in mind that this is a projection based on how we think the rest of the regular season will go. If you want to see the current playoff standings, be sure to click here. For a breakdown of the current playoff image, be sure to click here. SportsLine simulates every game leading up to the playoffs 10,000 times, and you can see the model picks both straight up and against the spread here.
AFC playoff screening
Here is a list of playoff odds for all other AFC teams (their playoff odds percentage is listed next to them in parentheses): Ravens (26.6%), Raiders (24.3%), Dolphins (19%), Steelers (17.1%), Browns (9%), Broncos (0%), Jaguars (ELIMINATED), Jets (ELIMINATED) ), Texans (ELIMINATED).
Screening of the NFC playoffs
Here’s a list of playoff odds for all other NFC teams (their playoff odds percentage is listed next to them in parentheses): Saints (28%), Vikings (9.8%), Washington (1.9%), Falcons (1.9%), Seahawks (ELIMINATED), Giants (ELIMINATED), Panthers (ELIMINATED), Bears (ELIMINATED), Lions (ELIMINATED).
Round projection with joker
(7) Magazines to (2) Titans
(6) Patriots (3) Tickets
(5) Foals to (4) Bengals
(7) Eagles to (2) Buccaneers
(6) 49ers to (3) Rams
(5) Cardinals to (4) Cowboys