Current NFL Playoff Picture and Week 17 AFC, NFC Playoff Scenarios with Rebecca Rutherford

The 2009-2010 NFL Playoff picture will finally be set after week 17. Take a look at the AFC and NFC Playoff picture below, along with the potential playoff scenarios for each post season bound team.

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AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

1. Indianapolis Colts (14-1) – Clinched top seed in AFC.
Next week: at Buffalo



2. San Diego Chargers (12-3) – Clinched No. 2 seed and first-round playoff bye with win at Tennessee.
Next week: vs. Washington



3. New England Patriots (10-5) – Clinched AFC East title with win vs. Jacksonville. Lead Bengals based on better strength of victory (Patriots have beaten teams with combined 65-85 record; Bengals have beaten teams that are a combined 60-89).
Next week: at Houston

4. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) – Clinched AFC North title with win vs. Kansas City.
Next week: at Jets

5. New York Jets (8-7) – Currently No. 5 seed based on better conference record than Houston (6-5 to 5-6) and better record in common games (3-1) than Denver (2-2) and Baltimore (0-4). Would clinch No. 5 seed with win. Eliminated with loss.
Next week: vs. Cincinnati

6. Baltimore Ravens (8-7) – Currently No. 6 seed because of better division record than Pittsburgh (3-3 to 2-4), better conference record than Houston (6-5 to 5-6) and head-to-head victory vs. Denver. Would clinch No. 5 seed with win and New York loss. Would clinch No. 6 seed with win and New York win. Eliminated with loss.
Next week: at Oakland

7. Denver Broncos (8-7) – Currently No. 7 seed due to better conference record than Houston (6-5 to 5-6). Would clinch No. 5 seed with New York loss and Baltimore loss and either Pittsburgh loss or both Denver win and Houston win. Would clinch No. 6 seed with win and 1) New York loss or Baltimore loss (not both), and 2) Pittsburgh and/or Houston loss. Would clinch No. 6 seed with loss and either 1) New York loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and Miami loss, or 2) Pittsburgh loss and losses by at least two of the following: New York, Baltimore, Houston.
Next week: vs. Kansas City

8. Houston Texans (8-7) – Currently 8th in AFC because of better record than Pittsburgh in common games (3-1 to 1-3). Would clinch No. 5 seed with win and New York loss and Baltimore loss and Denver loss. Would clinch No. 6 seed with win and losses by two of the following: New York, Baltimore, Denver. Eliminated with loss or wins by at least two of the following: New York, Baltimore, Denver.
Next week: vs. New England

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7) – Would clinch No. 5 seed with win and New York loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss. Would clinch No. 6 seed with win and either 1) New York loss and Baltimore loss and Denver loss and Houston win, or 2) Houston loss and either New York loss or Baltimore loss. Eliminated with loss or 1) New York and Baltimore wins, or 2) Houston win and New York, Baltimore or Denver win.
Next week: at Miami

10. Miami Dolphins (7-8) – Currently No. 10 seed based on head-to-head win over Jacksonville but would lose multiple-team 8-8 ties with Jacksonville because of worse conference record (7-5 to 6-6). Would be No. 6 seed with win and New York loss and Baltimore loss and Denver loss and Houston loss and Jacksonville loss. Eliminated with loss/tie or New York win/tie or Baltimore win/tie or Denver win/tie or Houston win/tie or Jacksonville win.
Next week: vs. Pittsburgh

11. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8) – Would win most multiple-team 8-8 ties because of 7-5 conference record. Would be No. 5 seed with win and New York loss and Baltimore loss and Denver loss and Houston loss and Pittsburgh loss. Would be No. 6 seed with win and 1) New York loss and Baltimore loss and Denver loss and Houston loss and Miami loss, or 2) Pittsburgh loss and loss by exactly one of the following: New York, Baltimore, Denver, Houston. Eliminated with loss or wins by at least two of the following: New York, Baltimore, Denver, Houston.
Next week: at Cleveland


NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

1. New Orleans Saints (13-2) – Clinched first-round playoff bye. Would clinch top seed with win/tie or Minnesota loss or tie at Chicago (Monday) or next week.
Next week: at Carolina

2. Minnesota Vikings (11-3) – Would clinch No. 2 seed and first-round playoff bye with win at Chicago (Monday) and either win/tie next week or Philadelphia loss/tie. Would be No. 3 seed with 1) win/loss and Philadelphia win, or 2) Two losses and Arizona loss/tie.
Next week: vs. Giants

3. Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) – Clinched playoff spot. Would be No. 2 seed with win and Minnesota loss. Would be No. 3 seed with win and two Minnesota wins. Would be No. 5 seed with loss and Green Bay loss tie. Would be No. 6 seed with loss and Green Bay win.
Next week: at Dallas

4. Arizona Cardinals (10-5) – Clinched NFC West title. Would be No. 2 seed with win, Philadelphia loss and two Minnesota losses. Would be No. 3 seed with win and either Philadelphia loss or two Minnesota losses. Would be No. 4 seed with loss/tie or both Philadelphia win/tie and Minnesota win/tie.
Next week: vs. Green Bay

5. Green Bay Packers (10-5) – Clinched playoff berth with win vs. Seattle and Giants loss vs. Carolina. Currently No. 5 seed because of head-to-head win vs. Dallas. Would be No. 5 seed with win or Dallas loss. Would be No. 6 seed with loss/tie and Dallas win.
Next week: at Arizona

6. Dallas Cowboys (10-5) – Clinched playoff berth with win at Washington. Would be No. 2 seed with win and Arizona loss and two Minnesota losses. Would be No. 3 seed with win and either Arizona loss or two Minnesota losses. Would be No. 4 seed with win and Minnesota win and Arizona win. Would be No. 6 seed with loss (Would be No. 5 seed with tie and Green Bay loss).
Next week: vs. Philadelphia.




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