2017 NFL Playoffs Picture Information and News

After eleven weeks of football, the only clear thing about the 2017 NFL playoff race is...nothing.

This isn’t too important because there are still six regular-season weeks before the playoffs, but what is relevant is finding the opportunities to make some money betting.

Here is where things stand…


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NFC Playoff Picture

Philadelphia Eagles (9-1): The Eagles have basically bagged themselves the NFC East with only six games left.

Minnesota Vikings (8-2): Should the Vikings defeat the Lions on Thursday Night Football, they’ll earn themselves the division title. But, the Lions are ready to pounce and rain on their parade.

New Orleans Saints (8-2): The Saints slipped early with two losses, but then went on an eight-game winning streak which is a first in NFL history. They have a shot at extending the streak to nine in Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Los Angeles Rams (7-3): The Rams fell to Minnesota and now host the Saints on Sunday, so they’re still not out of the woods.

Carolina Panthers (7-3): The Panthers face the Jets next and they’ll get a boost on offense with tight end Greg Olsen’s return so we’ll see.

Atlanta Falcons (6-4): The Falcons held on to beat the Seahawks, but this isn’t last year’s Atlanta team so there are still too many unknowns.

What It Boiled Down To …

After Week 11, the NFC is a big pileup.

The most important game of the week was the Rams facing the Vikings on the road. LA hung on until halftime, but the Vikings kicked into gear in the second half and won, taking themselves to 8-2 and on the road to a first-round bye.

Los Angeles clung on to the fourth spot but made their lives difficult by jeopardizing the possibility of a first-round bye.

The Eagles are still flying high atop the standings after manhandling the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

Philadelphia now owns the league’s best record at 9-1 and put the NFC East title in their pockets. Dallas fell to 5-5, four games from first.

The Saints are still solid after defeating the Redskins in a come-from-behind victory which was their eighth win in a row. Since the Panthers were on their bye, New Orleans will have to wait for things to play out this week.

Atlanta beat Seattle and earned itself the last spot in Week 11. Essentially, this puts the Falcons, Seahawks, and Lions at 6-4 with Atlanta having the advantage on the three-way tie because of head-to-head wins over both the remaining opponents.

 NFC Tiebreakers:

  • Minnesota is ahead of New Orleans based on head to head (1-0).
  • Atlanta is ahead of Detroit and Seattle based on head to head sweep (2-0).
  • Detroit is ahead of Seattle based on conference record (5-3 to the Seahawks' 4-3).
  • Green Bay is ahead of Dallas based on head to head (1-0).
  • Washington and Arizona are ahead of Tampa Bay based on conference record (Redskins' 3-5 and Cardinals' 3-5 to the Buccaneers' 2-4).
  • Washington is ahead of Arizona based on common games record (3-3 to the Cardinals' 2-4).
  • Arizona is ahead of Tampa Bay based on head to head (1-0).

 AFC Playoff Picture

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-2): The Steelers should be looking forward to Sunday’s match against the Packers after watching how Green Bay’s offense played against the Ravens.

New England Patriots (8-2): It’s a one-way road to another AFC East title for the Pats.

Jacksonville Jaguars (7-3): The Jags find themselves atop the AFC South, but they face three division opponents before season’s end.

Kansas City Chiefs (6-4): The Chiefs are crumbling to pieces after a 5-0 start that’s now led to losing four of five. Hopefully, things will change for them when they face the Bills next.

Tennessee Titans (6-4): The Steelers crushed the Titans last Thursday, but they have to prepare to face Indianapolis next so there’s no time to wallow in self-pity.

Baltimore Ravens (5-5): Can the Ravens find themselves on their way to winning a Super Bowl? Maybe, out of four teams that had three shutout wins in a season three of them went on to win the Big Game.

What It Boiled Down To

There weren’t too many changes in the AFC after Week 11.

The Patriots are still neck to neck with the Steelers after doing away with the Raiders on Monday Night Football in Mexico City.

What changed were the Jaguars crawling to the top of the AFC South after beating the sorrowful Browns and the Bills being pushed out of the race by the Chargers.

The Ravens slid into the last wild-card spot after defeating the Packers in Green Bay which means the Ravens and Bills are at 5-5 with Baltimore having the tiebreaker advantage because of their better record versus AFC teams.

AFC Tiebreakers:

  • Pittsburgh is ahead of New England based on conference record (6-1 to the Patriots' 5-1).
  • Baltimore is ahead of Buffalo based on conference record (4-3 to the Bills' 3-3).
  • The L.A. Chargers are ahead of Oakland in the AFC West based on head to head (1-0).
  • Miami is ahead of the N.Y. Jets in the AFC East based on division record (1-1 to the Jets' 2-3).
  • Miami is ahead of Cincinnati, Houston and the L.A. Chargers based on conference record (3-3 to the Bengals' 4-5, Texans' 3-4 and the Chargers' 3-5).
  • The N.Y. Jets are ahead of Cincinnati, Houston and the L.A. Chargers based on conference record (4-4 to the Bengals' 4-5, Texans' 3-4 and the Chargers' 3-5).
  • Cincinnati is ahead of Houston and the L.A. Chargers based on conference record (4-5 to the Texans' 3-4 and the Chargers' 3-5).
  • Houston is ahead of the L.A. Chargers based on conference record (3-4 to the Chargers' 3-5).
  • Indianapolis is ahead of Denver based on conference record (2-4 to the Broncos' 2-5).

Tiebreaker Rules

The six postseason participants from each conference will be seeded as follows:

  1. The division champion with the best record.
  2. The division champion with the second-best record.
  3. The division champion with the third-best record.
  4. The division champion with the fourth-best record.
  5. The Wild Card club with the best record.
  6. The Wild Card club with the second-best record.

The following procedures will be used to break standings ties for postseason playoffs and to determine regular-season schedules.

NOTE: Tie games count as one-half win and one-half loss for both clubs.

TO BREAK A TIE WITHIN A DIVISION:

If at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with the best won-lost-tied percentage, the following steps will be taken until a champion is determined.

Two Clubs:

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss.

Three or More Clubs:

(Note: If two clubs remain tied after one or more clubs are eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of two-club format. If three clubs remain tied after a fourth club is eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of three-club format.)

  1. Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games among the clubs).
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the division.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in common games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss.

TO BREAK A TIE FOR THE WILD-CARD TEAM OR AMONG DIVISION WINNERS:

If it is necessary to break ties to determine the two Wild-Card clubs from each conference, the following steps will be taken.

If the tied clubs are from the same division, apply division tie breaker.

If the tied clubs are from different divisions, apply the following steps.

 Two Clubs:

  1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
  2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  4. Strength of victory.
  5. Strength of schedule.
  6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best net points in conference games.
  9. Best net points in all games.
  10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  11. Coin toss.

Three or More Clubs:

(Note: If two clubs remain tied after one or more clubs are eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of two-club format. If three clubs remain tied after a fourth club is eliminated during any step, tie-breaker re-starts at Step One of three-club format.)

  1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
  2. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
  3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  5. Strength of victory.
  6. Strength of schedule.
  7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best net points in conference games.
  10. Best net points in all games.
  11. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  12. Coin toss

When the first Wild-Card team has been identified, the procedure is repeated to name the second Wild-Card, i.e., eliminate all but the highest-ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step 2.

In situations where three or more teams from the same division are involved in the procedure, the original seeding of the teams remains the same for subsequent applications of the tiebreaker if the top-ranked team in that division qualifies for a Wild-Card berth.

Other Tie-Breaking Procedures

Only one club advances to the playoffs in any tie-breaking step. Remaining tied clubs revert to the first step of the applicable division or Wild-Card tie breakers.

As an example, if two clubs remain tied in any tie-breaker step after all other clubs have been eliminated, the procedure reverts to step one of the two-club formats to determine the winner.

When one club wins the tiebreaker, all other clubs revert to step 1 of the applicable two-club or three-club format.

In comparing division and conference records or records against common opponents among tied teams, the best won-lost-tied percentage is the deciding factor since teams may have played an unequal number of games.

To determine home-field priority among division titlists, apply Wild-Card tie breakers.

To determine home-field priority for Wild-Card qualifiers, apply division tie breakers (if teams are from the same division) or Wild-Card tie breakers (if teams are from different divisions).

Tie-Breaking Procedure for Draft:

Clubs not participating in the playoffs shall select in the first through 20th positions in reverse standings order.

The Super Bowl winner is last and Super Bowl loser is next-to-last.

The losers of the Conference Championship games shall select 29th and 30th based on won-lost-tied percentage.

The losers of the Divisional playoff games shall select 25th through 28th based on won-lost-tied percentage.

The losers of the Wild Card games shall select 21st through 24th based on won-lost-tied percentage.

If ties exist in any grouping except (2) above, such ties shall be broken by strength-of-schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength-of-schedule, the divisional or conference tie-breakers, if applicable, shall be applied. Any ties that still exist shall be broken by a coin flip.

There you go, all you need to know about the 2017 NFL playoff picture after Week 11.

 
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