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We made it to Week 17. Much of the playoff picture remains unknown, creating what should be a wild slate of games.
Here are all of the Week 17 playoff scenarios:
Full Week 17 playoff scenarios. Pretty simple really. pic.twitter.com/A7TZGIGHCN
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Above all, the NFC’s top seed is up for grabs, but expect to Packers to prevail. Though the Bears have improved on offense, Green Bay is right now the NFL’s best team. Aaron Rodgers, the MVP, is the best player in all of sports.
If a major upset occurs, Green Bay can still earn the top seed if Seattle loses to San Francisco, which would not shock anyone.
The Saints move to No. 1 with a win, a Packers loss, and a Seahawks win.
Of the teams competing for the AFC Wild Cards, the Dolphins have the toughest matchup against the red-hot Bills. Though depending on how concerned the Bills are with the 2nd seed, which isn’t as important this season, Buffalo could get caught sleeping.
Cleveland, too, just has to win its game against Pittsburgh. Similar to the Bills, the Steelers may not prioritize seeding over health entering the playoffs.
The Ravens are in with a win over the Bengals. I like Baltimore’s chances.
For the Colts, it’s complicated. Very complicated. The Colts can win the AFC South, earn a Wild Card, or miss the playoffs. To avoid the third option, Indianapolis needs to win and hope for help across the schedule.