Week 16 Playoff Scenarios

The following are the playoff scenarios for Week 16:

All eyes are on the Chiefs and Packers. Both teams can clinch their respective conference’s only first-round bye this weekend. The Packers need some help, while the Chiefs just have to win.

As we explained earlier, Kansas City’s only fear is that they, the Steelers, and the Bills all finish 13-3.  At that point, strength of victory would decide the top seed, which can’t be determined until all the games are completed.

It is, well, complicated. Check it out:

Both the Steelers and Seahawks can clinch their divisions by winning, but winning won’t come easy. The Steelers face the Colts, and the Seahawks face the Rams.

Keep an eye on the AFC Wild Card race. Currently, the No. 8 Ravens (9-5) are on the outside, hoping for a No. 7 Dolphins’ (9-5) loss.

I explained:

The Dolphins (9-5) still control the path. If Miami wins out, they are in, though the Dolphins’ final two weeks are not simple. After the Raiders in Week 16, they face the Bills, who are playing as well as any team in the NFL. By contrast, the Ravens (also 9-5) have the Giants and Bengals left.

Additionally, say the Steelers defeat both the Colts and Browns, the Dolphins and/or Ravens could move up in Wild Card seeding.

Of course, each Week 16 game that features an NFC East team is consequential. Despite the many flaws and Ls, all four teams remain alive in the race to win their division and host a playoff game.

Read OutKick’s full NFC and AFC breakdowns now.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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