NFL Playoff Picture
Only two spots remain in the 2106 NFL Playoffs just one week away from the regular season ending. 10 of the 12 berths for the post season have already been secured and only four teams remain in the hunt for the two remaining tickets.
In the AFC the six classified teams are already set, but the seeds could change. The top seed was captured by the New England Patriots that topped the Conference with 13 wins and only two defeats. In this same division, but as wild cards, the Miami Dolphins passed with a 10-5 record.
The AFC North went to the Pittsburgh Steelers, that with a disputed victory over the Baltimore Ravens kept alive their hopes of making it to Super Bowl 51. The bottom divisional champions in the AFC are the Houston Texans, that passed with a 9-6 record overall.
Lastly, the fight for the AFC West between the 11-4 Kansas City Chiefs and the 12-3 Oakland Raiders is heated. However, the Raiders lost quarterback Derek Carr to injury which throws a wrench in their plans.
The Wild Card race now starts between the Miami Dolphins and the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. Meanwhile, the Patriots and Raiders will enjoy a first-round bye.
In the National Conference League, four teams have already sealed their ticket to the postseason, while the four remaining spots are still up for grabs.
The teams that have passed are the Dallas Cowboys (13-2), New York Giants (10-5), Atlanta Falcons (10-5), and the Seattle Seahawks (9-5-1). The Green Bay Packers (9-6), Washington Redskins (8-6-1), and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-7) are still in the hunt.
The Packers and Lions have their fate in their hands to bag the NFC North title; whichever team wins next Sunday at 7:30PM passes through the next phase. For the Redskins and Buccaneers, the situation is more complex, because they need to win the next matches and wait for the combination of other game’s results that favors them if they’re to pass through and compete for Super Bowl 51.
The Redskins are pitted against the New York Giants on Sunday at 3:25PM, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Carolina Panthers at home at 1:00PM Sunday. At this moment, the NFC postseason pits the Detroit Lions against the Seattle Seahawks, while the Green Bay Packers host the New York Giants at home. The Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons get a first-round bye.
Here are the updated Super Bowl Odds for NFL Week 17:
- New England Patriots (7-5, Previously 9-5): Only one team threatens the Patriots in the AFC. However, defeating Miami means the conference title goes through Foxborough.
- Dallas Cowboys (4-1, Previously 7-2): Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant had a statement against Detroit to set their position.
- Seattle Seahawks (10-1, Previously 5-1): Seattle is in a pretty pickle that includes the offensive line, the back end of the defense and now at receiver with Tyler Lockett’s injuries.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (10-1, Previously 10-1): The Steelers are fired up and ready for the postseason fight.
- Kansas City Chiefs (10-1, Previously 16-1): This team has enough grit to win, but Alex Smith and Andy Reid are shaky at best and that’s nothing to boast about in the postseason.
- Atlanta Falcons (10-1, Previously 16-1): The Falcons are arguably the underdog that nobody is looking at and could end up surprising.
- Green Bay Packers (12-1, Previously 16-1): Green Bay still needs to notch another win to seal their ticket to the postseason. But, Aaron Rodgers seems locked on target to do this.
- New York Giants (25-1, Previously 20-1): New York locked up the No. 5 seed, however New York's counting on Eli Manning’s mojo to take them far into the playoffs.
- Oakland Raiders (25-1, Previously 12-1): Derek Carr’s season-ending injury is a crushing blow for Oakland, who now has to count on Matt McGloin in the postseason.
- Detroit Lions (50-1, Previously 40-1): The Lions have a must-win game ahead of them and are counting on Matthew Stafford to get the job done. However, Lady Luck is in the Lions’ corner in having a home game against a division rival with the NFC North on the line.
- Miami Dolphins (80-1, Previously 80-1): Matt Moore has proven himself a a capable backup in Ryan Tannehill’s absence but skeptics argue they won’t make it far into the postseason.
- Houston Texans (80-1, Previously 60-1): They bagged the AFC South for the second-straight season and managed strengthen the quarterback position by benching their starter in Week 15.
- Washington Redskins (200-1, Previously 80-1): The Redskins’ hopes of making the playoffs are on the tightrope, but they might steal the second wild-card berth.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (500-1, Previously 80-1): The Bucs reaching the playoffs is a longshot, Tampa Bay needs a crazy scenario to become true in order to make the playoffs.