After Week 15 of the NFL schedule, teams are scampering for playoff spots while others are positioning into the top seeds.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won another division title after they dismantle the Denver Broncos on Sunday. The Patriots also got a first round bye and they are looking this time around to get the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Last season, the Patriots had a shot at the top seed but they failed to deliver a win that caused them probably the Super Bowl.
Let’s get deeper into the AFC Playoff Scenario with each team’s corresponding upcoming games.
New England Patriots (12-2)
For the Patriots to locked up the No. 1 seed, they have to win one more game either against the New York Jets on December 24 or the Miami Dolphins on January 1, or a loss by Oakland.
Oakland Raiders (11-3)
The Raiders are already in the playoffs but they want to get a first round bye. First, the Raiders have to be ahead by a game over the Chiefs to capture the AFC West. Two of the Raiders three losses came from the Chiefs, thus, the Raiders do not have the upper hand in a tie with Kansas City. The Raiders will play the Indianapolis Colts on December 24 and the Denver Broncos on January 1.
Kansas City Chiefs (10-4)
The Chiefs are still alive in the battle for the AFC West but they have need the help of other teams. However, the Chiefs are currently on top of the race for the wild card. The Chiefs will play the Broncos on December 25 and the Chargers on January 1.
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)
A big game is coming for the Steelers. A win over the Ravens will surely punch them into the playoffs by winning the AFC North but a loss will become complicated because the Ravens have already beat them.
Houston Texans (8-6)
A tight race for the Houston Texans in their division alone. Though they control their destiny, the game against the Tennessee Titans on January 1 would determine their destiny. The Texans will play the Bengals on December 24.
AFC Wildcard Race 2016
Kansas City with a record of 10-4 are leading the wildcard race with two games left. While the wildcard is too high to reach, there are teams still chasing for either the wildcard or a division title.
Miami Dolphins (9-5)
The Dolphins control their destiny in the playoffs. They will play the Bills on December 24 and the Patriots in January 1.
Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
The Ravens way to the playoff would be to overpower the Steelers on Sunday. If they lose, then a nine win record in a wildcard will be difficult for the Ravens to enter. Ravens will play the Steelers on December 25 and Cincinnati on January 1.
Tennessee Titans (8-6)
The Titans are battling also for the AFC South, their game against the Texans will probably determine which team will be in the playoff and a nine win as a wildcard will not bring a team into the playoffs in the AFC.
Indianapolis Colts (7-7)
The Colts have a narrow way of entering into the playoffs. They need a lot of help from other teams. It’s like all their cards are dependent on others and it must fall everything on their favor. Indianapolis will play on the road against Oakland on December 24 and against Jacksonville on January 1.
Denver Broncos (8-6)
The defending Super Bowl champions have still an outside shot at the second spot in the wildcard race. First, the Broncos have two win their remaining schedule against Kansas City on December 25 and Oakland on January 1. Improbable, but with their defense, they can do it. One thing that is disadvantageous for the Broncos, they lost control of their playoff destiny. They can only go as far as 10 wins while the Chiefs and the Dolphins can reach 11 wins.
Buffalo Bills (7-7)
The Bills are not out of the conversation, but it would take luck to get them into the playoffs.
NFC Playoff Scenario
Dallas Cowboys (12-2)
The Cowboys are in the playoffs but their seeding is not settled. They need a game to locked up the No. 1 seed in the NFC. The Cowboys will play Detroit on December 26 and Philadelphia on January 1.
New York Giants (10-4)
The Giants are fighting for the top seed in the NFC East. They control their destiny to be in the playoff through the wildcard. The Giants will play the Eagles on Thursday night and at Washington on January 1.
Seattle Seahawks (9-4-1)
The Seattle Seahawks are looking to have a first round bye and they will get it by winning out. The will play Arizona on December 24 and San Francisco on January 1.
Detroit Lions (9-5)
The Lions control their destiny in the NFC North but they have to play Dallas on the road. The NFC North will probably won on January 1 between Detroit and Green Bay.
Atlanta Falcons (9-5)
The Falcons have a one game lead over Tampa Bay. They have the opportunity to be in the playoffs as they play at Carolina on December 24 and against New Orleans on January 1.
NFC Wild Card Race 2016
The New York Giants have the advantage with 10-4 record. The battle for the second and last wildcard spot will be determined by the following teams.
Green Bay Packers (8-6)
The Packers way to the playoff would probably be to win the NFC North against the Lions on January 1. The Packers will play Minnesota on December 24. The Packers control their destiny by winning out.
Minnesota Vikings (7-7)
The Vikings need everything to fall on their side to be in the playoffs. A nine win team may not be enough to get a wildcard spot.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-6)
Tampa Bay needs a lot of help, probably praying for the Falcons to lose their two remaining games.
Washington Redskins (7-5-1)
The Redskins are no longer in control of their playoff run after losing to the Panthers. They need a lot of help to be in the playoffs.
New Orlands Saints (6-8) and Carolina Panthers (6-8) are still mathematically alive but they need everything to fall on their favor, call it a miracle.