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Week 15 NFL Playoff Picture: Breaking down the scenarios

Week 15 NFL Playoff Picture: Breaking down the scenarios

The 2016 NFL Season has just three weeks remaining before only 12 teams remain in the hunt for Super Bowl LI.

With Week 14 now officially in the books, we can look ahead to Week 15 playoff berth, division title, bye and homefield advantage scenarios.  We will also look at scenarios in future weeks for those teams that can't clinch any playoff spot this week.

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NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE:

In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys are officially in and the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears are officially out.

 CLINCHED:   Dallas Cowboys -- playoff berth.

 ELIMINATED: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago.

 
DALLAS COWBOYS

Dallas clinches division title and a first-round bye:

1) DAL win + NYG loss or tie

2) DAL tie + NYG loss

Dallas clinches homefield advantage throughout NFC playoffs:

1) DAL win + NYG/DET tie

 
DETROIT LIONS

Detroit clinches division title:

1) DET win + GB loss or tie

2) DET tie + GB loss + MIN loss or tie

 
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seattle clinches division title:

1) SEA win or tie

2) ARI loss or tie
 

NEW YORK GIANTS

NY Giants clinch a playoff berth:

1) NYG win + WAS loss + MIN loss or tie + GB loss or tie

 

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

The AFC playoff picture is much less solidified. Any of a number of teams can still procure first round byes.

  CLINCHED:   None

  ELIMINATED: Cleveland, Jacksonville, NY Jets.

 
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

New England clinches division title:

1) MIA loss or tie

New England clinches division title and a first-round bye:

1) NE win or tie

2) MIA loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

3) MIA loss or tie + KC win

 
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth:

1) KC win

2) KC tie + MIA loss

3) KC tie + DEN loss or tie

4) DEN loss + BAL loss or tie

5) DEN loss + PIT loss or tie

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Oakland clinches a playoff berth:

1) OAK win

2) OAK tie + MIA loss

3) OAK tie + DEN loss

4) OAK tie + MIA tie + DEN tie

5) OAK tie + MIA tie + KC win

6) MIA loss + PIT loss or tie + DEN loss   

7) MIA loss + PIT loss or tie + KC win or tie

8) MIA loss + BAL loss or tie + DEN loss     

 

TIEBREAKER NOTES AND ANECDOTES:

  • The NY GIANTS win on Sunday night kept both ATLANTA and TAMPA BAY from playoff berth clinching scenarios in Week 15.  Both teams needed WINS plus losses by WASHINGTON, MINNESOTA, GREEN BAY and losses by the NY GIANTS against DALLAS and DETROIT.
  • Assuming no more ties occur, the WASHINGTON REDSKINS will clinch a playoff berth if they win their final three games and any of the following occur:
    • NY GIANTS lose at least once against Detroit and Philadelphia over next two weeks
    • ATLANTA loses once
    • TAMPA BAY loses once
  • For DALLAS to clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs this week, they need a WIN at home on NBC Sunday Night against Tampa Bay AND they need the NY GIANTS-DETROIT game to end in a tie.  This is because they need a WIN + NY Giants loss or tie as a key part of their scenario to win the NFC East AND they would need a DETROIT loss or tie to get tiebreaker advantage over the Lions for #1 seed....and since the GIANTS and LIONS play each other, the COWBOYS need that game to end in a tie.
  • SEATTLE plays a fairly weak schedule the rest of the way (the rest of their division) that has a combined record of 10.5-28.5, which is one key reason I predict the SEAHAWKS will end up as the #2 seed with a Bye in the NFC Playoffs.
  • KANSAS CITY is very strong at home and has their next two games at Arrowhead Stadium against TENNESSEE and DENVER.  If the Chiefs win both games and OAKLAND loses at least one game over the next two weeks (@SD, IND), KC will be the AFC West Champion and will have a first round bye in the playoffs. 
  • PITTSBURGH can clinch the AFC North title and likely the #3 seed in the AFC if they win their next two games at CINCINNATI and hosting BALTIMORE on Christmas Day.
  • On the other hand, BALTIMORE controls its playoff fate for the AFC North Division title as well and can actually clinch the division in two weeks if they win against the EAGLES and at PITTSBURGH (sweep Pennsylvania) and the STEELERS lose at the BENGALS this week.

 

PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS FOLLOWING WEEK 14 (same as last week!):

AFC                

  1. New England Patriots        
  2. Kansas City Chiefs        
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers        
  4. Houston Texans            
  5. Oakland Raiders            
  6. Denver Broncos            

NFC

  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. Seattle Seahawks
  3. Atlanta Falcons
  4. Detroit Lions
  5. New York Giants
  6. Washington Redskins

Enjoy Week 15 and best of luck to your favorite team!

 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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