Week 16 was a wake up call for a lot of teams. Several franchises are officially out of the playoff hunt for the year. All of the AFC division leaders are set and the wild card races are really heated in both conferences.
The Baltimore Ravens are a dirty team and it’s finally starting to show through. That’s an awful lot of flags, though…and it cost them everything in those few moments. They could have really secured their playoff space with that game as well.
Jay Cutler fun stats of the week: Won facing Brett Favre head to head and threw under four interceptions.
I don’t really know what to think about the Bengals. I like them, but then every once in a while they have these sequences where they can’t pull it together. I’m very surprised with how that division ended up turning out, I guess I just figured the Steelers would run away with it and the Ravens might be able to sneak in as a wild card.
The Giants are toy. Let the clearance sale begin!!! That was also the second impressive Carolina Panthers sighting in a row. Jonathan Stewart from Carolina might be a good fantasy pickup to start next season. (Ran for 206)
I still have a positive attitude about the Eagles. After seeing the Bears beat the Vikings on Monday night, it’s becoming easier and easier for me to make a case for the Eagles being the second best NFC team, and one that matches up well against the best NFC team.
What happened to the glory days of the Denver Donkies franchise?
New Orleans has shown many signs of weakness as of late. So, last chance to jump off that bandwagon. Watch out that you don’t run into the other nineteen million people trying to jump off of it at the same time. Any other division leader in that conference (but Arizona) could beat them at this point. It’s clear the home field advantage has started to wear off a bit.
Picks for the final week of the season:
Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Miami Dolphins 14
Philadelphia Eagles 30, Dallas Cowboys 21
Minnesota Vikings 37, New York Giants 20
Tennessee Titans 26, Seattle Seahawks 0
New Orleans Saints 20, Carolina Panthers 10
Kansas City Chiefs 21, Denver Broncos 20
Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Cleveland Browns 22
Detroit Lions 9, Chicago Bears 6
Atlanta Falcons 41, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30
Baltimore Ravens 35, Oakland Raiders 16
Indianapolis Colts 26, Buffalo Bills 24
Cincinnati Bengals 29, New York Jets 14
San Francisco 49ers 43, St. Louis Rams 14
San Diego Chargers 30, Washington Redskins 11
New England Patriots 28, Houston Texans 23
Green Bay Packers 14, Arizona Cardinals 13
Everybody seems to think this is complicated, but it really isn’t:
Clinched: Indianapolis (AFC South and home-field advantage), San Diego (AFC West, No. 2 seed and first-round bye), New England (AFC East), Cincinnati (AFC North)
Baltimore clinches a playoff spot with: BAL win
New York Jets
N.Y. Jets clinch a playoff spot with: NYJ win
Denver clinches a playoff spot with:
1. DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR
2. DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + PIT loss or tie OR
3. DEN win + NYJ loss or tie + HOU win OR
4. DEN win + BAL loss or tie + PIT loss or tie OR
5. DEN win + BAL loss or tie + HOU win OR
6. PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss OR
7. PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss OR
8. PIT loss + BAL loss + JAC loss + NYJ loss OR
9. PIT loss + HOU loss + JAC loss + NYJ loss OR
10. MIA loss or tie + NYJ loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss or tie
Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with:
1. PIT win + HOU loss or tie + NYJ loss or tie OR
2. PIT win + HOU loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR
3. PIT win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss or tie
Houston clinches a playoff spot with:
1. HOU win + NYJ loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR
2. HOU win + NYJ loss or tie + DEN loss or tie OR
3. HOU win + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss or tie
Jacksonville clinches a playoff spot with:
1. JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + HOU loss OR
2. JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + NYJ loss OR
3. JAC win + PIT loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss OR
4. JAC win + PIT loss + DEN loss + HOU loss + NYJ loss OR
5. JAC win + NYJ loss + DEN loss + HOU loss + BAL loss
Miami clinches a playoff spot with: MIA win + NYJ loss + BAL loss + HOU loss + JAC loss or tie
Clinched: New Orleans (NFC South, first-round bye and home-field advantage), Minnesota (NFC North), Arizona (NFC West), Philadelphia (playoff spot), Green Bay (playoff spot), Dallas (playoff spot)
Minnesota clinches a first-round bye with:
1. MIN win + PHI loss or tie 2. MIN tie + PHI loss
Arizona clinches a first-round bye with:
ARI win + MIN loss + PHI loss
Philadelphia clinches East division with: PHI win or tie
Philadelphia clinches a first-round bye with:
1. PHI win 2. PHI tie + MIN loss or tie
Dallas clinches East division with:
Dallas clinches a first-round bye with:
DAL win + MIN loss + ARI loss or tie
The Dallas / Philadelphia game is by far the game of the week. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Now the Minnesota lost, it’s even bigger because if the Eagles win, they get a week off.
Green Bay might end up playing the Cardinals in the first round, so I can see those two teams taking it easy in that game. Is it just me or does it seem like that situation happens almost every year?
Arizona loses in the first round no matter what. You heard it here first. And I do understand that there is a playoff scenario that gives them the #2 seed but it won’t happen.
The San Diego Chargers easily win the award for “most likely to beat the Colts in the playoffs”. They’re red hot and they can get it done. I just love the way that kid’s playing right now. It takes someone with a little bit of fire in them to get the ball rolling sometimes, somebody who isn’t afraid to stick their neck out.
“You put that TV down!!! Look, we are fed by the government, and you know that!!!” – Master Shake
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