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2017 NFL Playoffs Lay Of The Land

As Week 15 kicks off, the road to the postseason is shorter. And, if you take a look at the betting odds for the NFL Playoffs you’ll notice which teams are the frontrunners and those that are straggling behind.

As you’ll see, there still aren’t any teams that have clinched their spot. Some teams might be close enough, but there’s still a lot of fighting to be done. Let’s take a look at how things stand.

 

AFC Standings

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2)

The Steelers and the Bengals played a bone-crunching game with Pittsburgh earning the win as well as the No. 1 seed for the time being. Even though they defeated the Baltimore Ravens in a shootout, the top spot won’t be decided until they face the New England Patriots.

New England Patriots (10-3)

For the time being, the Patriots still have a first-round bye but as mentioned above things won’t be settled until they play the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England beat the Buffalo Bills on the road in a lackluster manner and loss to the Miami Dolphins, but they’re still making their way surely to the postseason.

Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4)

Jacksonville upended the Colts with a solid defense and a strong running game.  They also beaten the horrendous Cleveland Browns. At the moment, the road ahead looks good for the Jaguars to make the playoffs and perhaps make a run for the division title.

Kansas City Chiefs (7-6)

The Chiefs are walking on thin ice after losing to the Giants, Bills, and Giants consecutively. After a 5-0 start, they’ve played themselves into a 6-6 record. However, they beaten the Oakland Raiders and now have control of the division at 7-6. Now they have a chance to win out and forget about the bad games into the postseason.

Tennessee Titans (8-5)

Behind an impressive 75-yard touchdown run from Derrick Henry, the Titans edged out the Texans last week. They loss to Cardinals in an ugly game, but are in a neck-to-neck battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the AFC South division lead.

Buffalo Bills (7-6)

It’s not looking too good for the Bills, but technically they’re still in the race. A gritty win over the Indianapolis Colts is a good step in the right direction. However, Nathan Peterman will have to make a titanic effort as he leads his team to the postseason.

Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

The Ravens tore the Lions up, but had a heart breaking loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They surely are still in the hunt and will battle until their last game for a postseason berth.

Los Angeles Chargers (7-6)

Though the Chargers beat the Browns as expected, they seemed to struggle somewhat in the game. However, beating the Washington Redskins give them hoping of possibly making the playoffs.

Oakland Raiders (6-7)

The Raiders find themselves on the same boat as the Ravens and Chargers and cannot lose another game if they’re to make the playoffs.

 

NFC Standings

Philadelphia Eagles (11-2)

In losing to the Seattle Seahawks and beating the Los Angeles Rams in a tight game, the Eagles hold on the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They lost Carson Wentz for the season, but can still clinch a bye and home field advantage.

Minnesota Vikings (10-3)

The Vikings are practically locked into the playoffs, they just need one more win. Even more impressive is the rampage they’re on which might carry them all the way to the Super Bowl which happens to be in Minnesota this year.

Los Angeles Rams (9-4)

The Rams refuse to call it quits and after defeating the Cardinals on the road jumped right back into the thick of things. Despite losing to the Eagles, there’s no rest with tough games against division foes.

New Orleans Saints (9-4)

The Saints defeated the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and held on to the top spot in the NFC South. New Orleans continues to run on the heels of Alvin Kamara, who is having a spectacular rookie season that might earn him some accolades if he continues to perform well. But the loss to the Atlanta Falcons puts pressure on winning their division.

Carolina Panthers (9-4)

Technically, the Panthers are still in the hunt with only four losses. Beating the Vikings helps, but their losses to the Saints and Eagles loom heavy on them because the competition only gets tougher from here on out.

Atlanta Falcons (8-5)

The Falcons have more than a handful of teams on their heels, especially after losing to the Vikings at home. Despite winning against the Saints, it’s going to be tough for Atlanta.

Seattle Seahawks (8-5)

The Seahawks also jumped right back into the thick of things after beating the Eagles. But losing to the Jaguars doesn’t help and they’re a pretty banged up squad so they might not make it too far.

Detroit Lions (7-6)

The loss to Baltimore probably killed the Lions’ playoff hopes. But the win over Tampa still gives them a shot.

Green Bay Packers (7-6)

Aaron Rodgers will be back from his injury, which puts some wind in the Packers’ sails. But even with Rodgers back it’s still going to be a long road ahead.

Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

The Cowboys defeated the Redskins night and this saved their playoff hopes. But even destroying the New York Giants will still be an all-out battle for a wild card.

Arizona Cardinals (6-7)

The Cardinals are holding on strong, but are a hobbled team. There’s not too much holding them up.

Washington Redskins (5-8)

Washington’s dreams were crushed in losing to the Cowboys and officially eliminated by the Chargers.

The author: RaymondM