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Every relevant NFL playoff scenario for Week 17

Every relevant NFL playoff scenario for Week 17

It's Week 17 in the NFL, which means teams in both the AFC and NFC will be looking to wrap up certain positions in the playoff picture, home-field advantage in the first round and beyond and a postseason bye. 

Wondering what each franchise is playing for, and how they can secure it? Check out every relevant playoff scenario below:

ATLANTA FALCONS

   Atlanta clinches a first-round bye:

    1) ATL win

    2) ATL tie + SEA loss or tie

    3) SEA loss + DET loss or tie

    4) SEA tie + DET loss

  SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

   Seattle clinches a first-round bye:

    1) SEA win + ATL loss or tie

    2) SEA tie + ATL loss + GB/DET tie

  DETROIT LIONS

   Detroit clinches division title:

    1) DET win

   Detroit clinches a first-round bye:

    1) DET win + SEA loss or tie + ATL loss

   Detroit clinches a playoff berth:

    1) DET tie

    2) WAS loss or tie

  GREEN BAY PACKERS

   Green Bay clinches division title:

    1) GB win or tie

   Green Bay clinches a playoff berth:

    1) WAS loss

    2) WAS tie + TB win + GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory

         tiebreaker over TB 

       (Note: GB clinches at least a tie in strength of victory tiebreaker over TB if one of the following teams win or tie: SEA, HOU, JAC, PHI)

  WASHINGTON REDSKINS

   Washington clinches a playoff berth:

    1) WAS win + GB-DET game does not end in a tie

    2) WAS tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie

  TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

   Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth:

    1) TB win + WAS tie + GB loss + TB clinches strength of victory

        tiebreaker over GB

    (Note: TB clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over GB if all of the

      following teams win: TEN, IND, DAL and SF)

  NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

   New England clinches homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

    1) NE win or tie

    2) OAK loss or tie

  OAKLAND RAIDERS

   Oakland clinches division title and a first-round bye:

    1) OAK win or tie

    2) KC loss or tie

   Oakland clinches homefield advantage throughout AFC playoffs:

    1) OAK win + NE loss

  KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

   Kansas City clinches division title and a first-round bye:

    1) KC wins + OAK loss

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Every scenario in which the Ravens could make the playoffs

Every scenario in which the Ravens could make the playoffs

The Baltimore Ravens are sitting at 8-6 on the 2016 season and currently trail Pittsburgh by a game in the AFC North division. 

However, the Ravens have one significant playoff element in their favor that the Redskins do not currently enjoy. Baltimore controls its own playoff destiny at this point due to a head-to-head win vs. Pittsburgh in Week 9 and the potential for head-to-head sweep on Christmas Eve day.

Let's look at the Ravens scenarios going forward.

Baltimore heads to Pittsburgh in Week 16 to face their division rival with big stakes on the line. The Ravens can maintain control of their fate for the division title if they simply beat the Steelers this Saturday.

Baltimore will clinch the AFC North division title over the last two weeks with:

1) Two wins (at Pittsburgh, at Cincinnati) OR

2) Win at Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh loss to Cleveland OR

3) Tie with Pittsburgh and win at Cincinnati and Pittsburgh loss to Cleveland

If the Ravens win out to win the division and go 10-6, they will be locked in as the No. 3 seed and will face the No. 6 seed on Wild Card weekend. That opponent could anyone from Miami, Kansas City, Denver, Pittsburgh, Houton, Tennessee, Buffalo or Indianapolis).

If Baltimore does not win the division, but finishes 9-7 (1-1 over last two weeks), here's what they need to clinch a playoff berth (assuming no ties):

1) Two Miami Losses (at Buffalo, vs. New England) and one Denver loss (at Kansas City, vs. Oakland)

In this case, the Ravens would be the No. 6 seed and will likely be playing at Pittsburgh (AGAIN!) on Wild Card weekend.

That means if Baltimore beats Pittsburgh this week, the Ravens will be assured of at least a playoff berth if Denver loses at Kansas City Christmas night and Miami loses at Buffalo and then Miami loses to New England in Week 17.

Unfortunately, that also means that if Baltimore loses at Pittsburgh this week, a Miami win at Buffalo will eliminate the Ravens from the playoffs.

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Every scenario in which the Redskins could make the playoffs

Every scenario in which the Redskins could make the playoffs

After a bitterly disappointing Monday Night loss, Washington Redskins fans should still have a glimmer of playoff hope left in 2016.

Here's where the Redskins stand now:

• They are 7-6-1 and can't catch Dallas or NY Giants in their division (2 teams)

• Either Detroit or Green Bay will win the NFC North (1 team)

• Either Atlanta or Tampa Bay will win the NFC South (1 team)

• Seattle has won the NFC West and no other team in the West can catch Washington if they win at least one game (1 team)

That makes five teams ahead of Washington, leaving four teams (Redskins, Vikings and non-division winners among Lions/Packers and Falcons/Buccaneers) realistically fighting for the final Wild Card spot. 

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Here's a breakdown of what Redskins fans should be looking for over the final two weeks.

If the Redskins win their final two games (at Bears, vs. Giants) to finish 9-6-1, they will clinch a Wild Card spot with:

1) Either one Tampa Bay loss (at New Orleans, vs. Carolina) OR two Atlanta losses (at Carolina, vs. New Orleans)

AND

2) Either one Green Bay loss (vs. Minnesota, at Detroit) OR two Detroit losses (at Dallas, vs. Green Bay)

This scenario does not seem far-fetched at all, especially looking at the Lions' and Buccaneers' schedules.

Washington can also maintain hope if they beat the Bears but the rest of Week 16 doesn't go their way. 

If both Green Bay and Detroit win Week 16, the Redskins need Detroit to beat Green Bay at home Week 17.  If both Atlanta and Tampa Bay win Week 16, Washington will need Tampa Bay to lose to Carolina at home Week 17. 

Now, if the Redskins go 1-1 over the last two weeks and finish 8-7-1, they can still clinch a Wild Card spot with:

1) Two Green Bay losses

AND

2) Two Tampa Bay losses

AND

3) Minnesota loses or ties Chicago

There are also scenarios where an additional Washington tie or other involved team ties can create a nuance to the Wild Card outcome, but the above scenarios are easily the most likely and at least gives Redskins fans something to focus on over the last two weeks of 2016.

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