NFL, playoffs: these teams still have chances

Status: 12/23/2022 11:10 a.m.

In the NFL, seven of the 14 playoff spots have already been taken – vacancies are still hotly contested three games before the end of the season.

Both of the AFC as well as the NFC, in which the NFL is divided, seven teams advance to the championship final. The team with the best win-loss record of the respective team Conference has a bye to the first round of the playoffs, the so-called “goodbye week“.

Who of the Conferences goodbye week achieved has not yet been determined. So far in the playoffs are already:

FCC:
– Buffalo Bills (11 wins, three losses)
– Kansas City Chiefs (11-3)
– Cincinnati Bengals (10-4)

NFC:
– Philadelphia Eagles (13-1)
– Minnesota Vikings (11-3)
-San Francisco 49ers (10-4)
-Dallas Cowboys (10-4)

The two conferences consist of 16 teams, divided into four each Divisions are divided. The first table of the respective Divisions automatically advance to the playoffs, regardless of their winning record. Three more places per Conference go to the teams with the best winning record, their own division didn’t win.

AFC: Ravens almost through, can Jacksonville catch the Titans?

In the AFC they have Baltimore Ravens very good chances of reaching the playoffs. The team around the currently injured Superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson has nine wins and five losses under his belt. Even without Jackson, they are crows against the Atlanta Falcons clear favorite at the weekend. When they win and New England Patriots or the Miami Dolphins Shouldn’t win the weekend, that would already count towards entry into the playoffs pass.

But there should be a fight and a sting for the remaining three free places. You can see this from the fact that only the Los Angeles Chargers (8-6) even have a theoretical chance of earning a permanent spot in the this week playoffs to secure – for that they should be a favorite against the Indianapolis Colts win, but depend on various other outcomes.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in action

If the season ended now, they Tennessee Titans (7-7) and the Miami Dolphins (8-6) standing in the playoffs. After a good start to the season, the success curve of each of them has recently lowered considerably. The most likely beneficiaries could be the Jacksonville Jaguars be on Friday night (23/12/2022/CET) against the New York Jets won, showed off in fine form recently, and also met division contender Tennessee. win the jaguars (7-8) their last two games of the season, would they die Titans repress again. Also New England Patriots still have a good chance with a 7-7 record, but haven’t been playing really well lately and still have three top-notch opponents ahead of them.

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Advice for sports broadcasts: the jaguars use their high form, move wounds plagued Titans again and move on to the playoffs which Chargers, dolphins and crows defend their position.

NFC: Will the Detroit Lions crown their comeback?

This week only New York Giants (8-5-1) definitely get one of the vacant spots if they beat the Minnesota Vikings should win and Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions or Washington Commanders two teams lose. Next to the giants would be the Commanders (7-6-1) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) currently the teams that would make the playoffs. the Buccaneers with Tom Brady, however, must be considered separately: Because in their divisionthe NFC Southall teams are playing weak this season and have negative records, they are on track for the playoffs despite “only” six wins so far.

It also means that the “Bucs” can only be intercepted by teams in their division. Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints have five wins and nine losses to their credit. the Buccaneers have only two of their three games remaining against the already “eliminated” Arizona Cardinalsthe Panthers and the Falcons win (but a win should be over carolina be) to definitely reach the playoffs. But since the three division– Competitors have more difficult opponents in the final sprint and are also not in top form Tampa Bay clear favorite for a playoff spot.

Things could get complicated for Washingtononly with San Francisco and Dallas still have to race against two top teams and those in good shape Detroit Lions (7-7) in the neck. the the Lions with Amon-Ra St. Brown wide receiver have won six of the last seven games and the rest of the program much easier.

Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown celebrates

Advice for sports broadcasts: the The Giants and the Buccaneers reach the playoffs – and as the culmination of a terrific end to the season, they also draw the Lions in the final for the first time since 2016.

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