The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have been one of many NFL’s greatest and most entertaining groups all season. However after an ill-timed loss Thursday evening, they’re now struggling to maintain on to the lead in their very own division. A wild 29-28 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers left a digital tie atop the AFC West.
Let’s get to the main points of the NFL playoff picture as it will look if the season had ended in the present day following the Chargers’ upset.
Notice: X denotes a workforce that has clinched a playoff berth, whereas Z shows a workforce that has clinched its division.
The Chiefs missed an opportunity to win the AFC West and be in place to clinch home-field benefit as early as Sunday. They continue to be atop the division due to a greater division document (Four-1) than the Chargers (Three-2), and if each groups have the identical result in Week 16 — win or lose — the division title will come down to Week 17. The Chiefs would wish to win at dwelling in opposition to the Oakland Raiders to clinch. ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index (FPI) is giving them a 74 p.c likelihood of holding on.
Subsequent up: at Seattle Seahawks (Week 16)
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Sunday’s last-play catastrophe in Miami delayed the Patriots’ inevitable AFC East title celebration for one week. FPI nonetheless provides them a 99.2 p.c likelihood to win the division. However will probably be exceptionally tough to leapfrog the Chiefs (or Chargers) for home-field benefit all through the playoffs.
Subsequent up: at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Texans’ likelihood to clinch the AFC South in Week 14 was dashed by the Titans’ victory on Thursday evening. However Houston continues to be up two video games over the Titans and Colts with three to play. Which means the Texans can clinch the division as early as Week 15, in the event that they win on the Jets and each the Titans and Colts lose.
Subsequent up: at New York Jets (Saturday)
A 3-game dropping streak has all however ended the Steelers’ possibilities of getting a first-round bye within the playoffs. It additionally has loosened what as soon as appeared a stranglehold on the AFC North. Solely a half-game separates them from the Ravens. Even worse: The Steelers’ subsequent two video games are at dwelling in opposition to the Patriots after which on the Saints. Can they get to 9 wins? FPI provides them a 71.Three p.c likelihood to make the playoffs, and 65.7 p.c likelihood to win the division. However this has gotten a lot nearer than anticipated.
Subsequent up: vs. New England Patriots
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The Chargers clinched a playoff berth with the win on Thursday evening, however they’ve extra work to do. Their Week 17 sport can be on the Broncos, a harder spot than the Chiefs would discover themselves in. However with two video games left, the Chargers discover themselves ready the place they may have the No. 1 seed or be a 13-Three wild-card workforce.
Subsequent up: vs. Baltimore Ravens (Week 16)
Sunday’s loss in Kansas Metropolis wasn’t almost as painful because it might have been. When the mud settled late Sunday afternoon, the Ravens nonetheless had not been knocked out of the No. 6 spot. Victories by the Titans, Colts and Dolphins created a quartet of 7-6 groups. However the Ravens maintain the four-way tiebreaker and have a really winnable dwelling sport in Week 15. The Steelers’ loss, in the meantime, places the Ravens genuinely again into the AFC North race.
Subsequent up: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Within the hunt: Indianapolis Colts (7-6), Miami Dolphins (7-6), Tennessee Titans (7-6), Denver Broncos (6-7), Cleveland Browns (5-7-1).
The Saints took again management of home-field benefit within the NFC playoffs with a victory Sunday over the Buccaneers, mixed with the Rams’ loss in Chicago. Two of their ultimate three video games are in opposition to the Panthers, who’ve collapsed throughout a five-game dropping streak.
Subsequent up: at Carolina Panthers
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The Rams have not impressed a lot confidence that they will win an NFC playoff sport on the street, an unlucky message as they fell again out of the highest seed within the convention. Their two losses this season have come in opposition to the groups on both facet of them within the standings: the Saints and Bears. All three of their remaining opponents have dropping information, and two of these video games can be at dwelling, however the Saints may not give them one other alternative to rise within the standings.
Subsequent up: vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday’s victory over the Rams leaves the Bears doubtlessly one week away from clinching the NFC North. They’ll do it in Week 15 with a win in opposition to the Packers. A primary-round bye is not out of the query however would require two losses by the Rams over the ultimate three weeks.
Subsequent up: vs. Inexperienced Bay Packers
Winners of 5 consecutive video games, the Cowboys have run away with the NFC East. They’ll clinch the division as early as Week 15 with a victory at Indianapolis. Whether or not it occurs then or not, FPI initiatives the division title is a close to certainty at 99.Three p.c. That is fairly unimaginable for a workforce that fell to Three-5 within the first week of November.
Subsequent up: at Indianapolis Colts
5. Seattle Seahawks (Eight-5)
Monday evening’s victory over the Vikings all however locked up a playoff spot for a workforce that began Zero-2 however has now won 4 consecutive video games. FPI provides the Seahawks a 99 p.c likelihood to make the playoffs.
Subsequent up: at San Francisco 49ers
Regardless of probably the most discouraging of defeats Monday evening, the Vikings emerged from Week 14 in respectable form. Losses by the Panthers, Eagles and Redskins left solely six NFC groups with information at .500 or above. As a result, the Vikings nonetheless have a wholesome 56 p.c likelihood to get to the playoffs, in accordance to FPI.
Subsequent up: vs. Miami Dolphins
Within the hunt: Carolina Panthers (6-7), Philadelphia Eagles (6-7), Washington Redskins (6-7), Inexperienced Bay Packers (5-7-1), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-Eight)