After a big NFL Sunday, the 2015 regular season is definitively in the final stretch, as we now can officially eliminate one team from playoff contention. Starting their 24th different quarterback since reestablishment in 1999, the Browns looked hopeless against the Bengals in a 37-3 drubbing. With three teams in the AFC wildcard chase already having 7 wins, and the Browns now not able to finish with more than six wins on the season, Cleveland have become the first team in the 2015 season to no longer be eligible for the 2015 playoffs. On the other end of the scale, Week 13 also saw the first team this season to clinch a playoff spot. Before their game had even kicked off, the Panthers were declared NFC South champions when the Falcons lost to the Bucs 23-19, winning the division for the third consecutive season. That leaves 30 teams still alive to fight for the 11 remaining playoff spots – but who’s poised to make a legitimate run at the postseason, and who’s just going through the motions until the maths officially kill their campaigns? There’s some big changes in the seeding order after yesterday’s games, especially in the AFC, where one team has dropped out of the wild card slots, and a big shakeup of the seeding at the top of the conference. Check out the full provisional playoff picture below!
#1 – Cincinnati Bengals (.833) AFC North Champions #2 – Denver Broncos (.833) AFC West Champions #3 – New England Patriots (.833) AFC East Champions The Bengals have a better record within the conference (.889) than the Patriots (.875) or the Broncos (.750). The Broncos own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Patriots #4 – Indianapolis Colts (.500) AFC South Champions The Colts own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Texans, who have the same record as the Colts #5 – Kansas City Chiefs (.583) AFC Wild Card #1 #6 – New York Jets (.583) AFC Wild Card #2 #7 – Pittsburgh Steelers (.583) The Chiefs have a better record within the conference (.750) than the Jets (.556) or the Steelers (.500). The Jets have a better record within the conference than the Steelers #8 – Buffalo Bills (.500) #9 – Houston Texans (.500) The Bills own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Texans #10 – Oakland Raiders (.417) #11 – Miami Dolphins (.417) The Raiders have a better record within the conference (.556) than the Dolphins (.333) #12 – Jacksonville Jaguars (.333) #13 – Baltimore Ravens (.333) The Jaguars own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Ravens #14 – San Diego Chargers (.250) #15 – Tennessee Titans (.250) The Chargers have a better record within the conference (.250) than the Titans (.125) Eliminated – Cleveland Browns (.167)
#1 – Carolina Panthers (1.000) NFC South Champions – CLINCHED #2 – Arizona Cardinals (.833) NFC West Champions #3 – Green Bay Packers (.667) NFC North Champions The Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Vikings, who have the same record as the Packers #4 – Washington Redskins (.455) NFC East Champions #5 – Minnesota Vikings (.667) NFC Wild Card #1 #6 – Seattle Seahawks (.583) NFC Wild Card #2 #7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.500) #8 – Atlanta Falcons (.500) The Bucs own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Falcons #9 – Philadelphia Eagles (.417) #10 – Chicago Bears (.417) #11 – New York Giants (.417) As we have a tie between two teams from the same division, we need to eliminate one first. The Eagles own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Giants, so the Giants drop to the bottom of the teams with a .417 record. The Eagles own a better record within the conference (.333) than the Bears (.250) #12 – Detroit Lions (.333) #13 – St. Louis Rams (.333) #14 – New Orleans Saints (.333) #15 – San Francisco 49ers (.333) As we have a tie between two teams from the same division, we need to eliminate one first. The Rams own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the 49ers, so the 49ers drop to the bottom of the teams with a .333 record. The Lions have a better strength of victory (.480) than the Rams (.479) or the Saints (.423). The Rams own a better record within the conference (.375) than the Saints (.333) #16 – Dallas Cowboys (.250) The Cowboys are technically still in the race for both the NFC East title and an NFC Wild Card spot, dependant on the results of their MNF clash with Washington tonight