Panthers can clinch their bye week as soon as Sunday

AP

The Panthers can’t clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs for another week, but they can clinch a first-round bye as soon as this weekend.

Of course, that’s #math, since they’re 12-0, and only one other team in the NFC has fewer than four losses, but the league has published the clinching scenarios for this week, and the Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals, Patriots and Broncos can each secure something this week.

The Panthers have already secured the NFC South title and a playoff spot, and can clinch one of the top two seeds with either a win over the Falcons or a combination of a loss or tie by both the Vikings and the Packers.

The Cardinals can clinch the NFC West title with a win over the Vikings Thursday and a Seahawks loss or tie, or a tie and a Seahawks loss. The Cards can clinch at least a playoff spot with a win or a tie, combinations of losses or ties by the Falcons and Buccaneers.

On the AFC side, the Bengals can clinch the North division title with a win or a tie against the Steelers, and can secure a playoff berth with a loss by either the Jets or Chiefs.

The Patriots can clinch the AFC East with a win and a Jets loss or tie (among another few permutations), and can lock up a playoff berth with a win over the Texans or losses by the Steelers and Jets, or a tie and a Chiefs loss.

The Broncos can clinch the AFC West title with a win over the Raiders and a Chiefs loss or tie, or a tie and a Chiefs loss. They can also wrap up their playoff spot with a win and losses or ties by the Jets or Chiefs.

41 responses to “Panthers can clinch their bye week as soon as Sunday

  1. Panthers won’t come close to the SB. They are out after their first playoff game. Second easiest schedule behind the Cardinals, and that’s not just amongst playoff teams, that includes all teams.

  2. Panthers won’t come close to the SB. They are out after their first playoff game. Second easiest schedule behind the Cardinals, and that’s not just amongst playoff teams, that includes all teams.

    The Cardinals had an easy first half of the season, but I don’t think Bengals, Seahawks (x2), Packers, Vikings, and Eagles are necessarily an easy second half. Those may all be playoff teams they are facing in 6 of their last 8 games. Find another contender with that kind of gauntlet to end the year.

  3. brendafortheboyz says:
    Dec 9, 2015 10:28 AM
    Cam IS the MVP……..by a mile!
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    Based on what? Hasn’t even completed 60% of his passes. Not even top 10 in quarter back rating.

  4. I think we clinch that bye this week. Our D-line should overpower the Falcons O-line and make it tough on Matt Ryan. Looking forward to Josh Norman vs. July Jones. Y’all keep spewing your irrational hatred while the Panthers keep rolling!

    #13and0
    #KeepPounding

  5. I’ve never been a fan of Newton, and last year he barely looked better than RG3, but I have to admit he is the MVP this year by far. In fact, Kuechly should be in that conversation as well.

  6. rollotomasi14 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 10:28 AM

    Panthers won’t come close to the SB. They are out after their first playoff game. Second easiest schedule behind the Cardinals, and that’s not just amongst playoff teams, that includes all teams.
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    Okay, so if you have an easy schedule, you can’t win a playoff game. That means the Cardinals won’t win a playoff game either because they have the easiest schedule. The Packers keep losing to the Bears and the Lions, so they can’t win a playoff game. The Vikings get beat by every good team they play, so they can’t win a playoff game. Whoever wins the NFC East is terrible, so they can’t win a playoff game. The Seahawks have to play every playoff game on the road, so they can’t win.

    I guess the NFC just won’t be sending a representative to the Super Bowl this year.

  7. The Cardinals had an easy first half of the season, but I don’t think Bengals, Seahawks (x2), Packers, Vikings, and Eagles are necessarily an easy second half. Those may all be playoff teams they are facing in 6 of their last 8 games. Find another contender with that kind of gauntlet to end the year.
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    The Vikings’ second half schedule includes the Packers (x2), Seahawks, and Cardinals, in addition to playoff contenders Falcons and Giants. I’d say that’s at least comparable.

  8. The Vikings’ second half schedule includes the Packers (x2), Seahawks, and Cardinals, in addition to playoff contenders Falcons and Giants. I’d say that’s at least comparable.

    Good point. Either way, the Cardinals and Vikings are on a much tougher road than say Carolina with ATL (x2), NYG, TB, NO, and DAL. That’s why I expect CAR to contribute no drama to the end of the season. They will strut to the #1 seed. After that, it gets interesting because the 4 teams playing for the other Bye all play each other down the stretch, starting this Thursday.

  9. They will lose in playoffs like last year once they face a real defense!! I just don’t see this as an offense worthy of a superbowl. They have a TE and receiver who drops passes so once you stop the run what do you have.

    Yes I am a saints fan but NFL fan also so just calling it like i see it. I think Arizona and Seattle and perhaps Green Bay has a better shot to make some noise in playoffs.

  10. If I wasn’t a Panther fan, Cam would probably get on my nerves too, but anyone who stares at the stat sheet and declares him unworthy of MVP status just isn’t paying attention. For those who keep claiming Carolina hasn’t beaten anyone, please just stop. The only true NFC contender they haven’t beaten is Arizona, and with all due respect to the Cards and their fans, the only reason they haven’t beaten them is because they haven’t played. See you in the playoffs!

  11. MVP is Brady. He’s dealt with off field distractions from the NFL, a lot more injuries to top offensive players, and his receivers lead the league in dropped balls.

    Completion %: Brady 63.7% Newton 58.4%
    TD/INT: Brady 31 (#1)/6 Newton 25/10
    Passing yards: Brady 3912 (#1) Newton 2797
    Rating: Brady 102.8 Newton 93.2

    Newton also has the #3 RB, Brady has #18 ranked.
    Panthers #3 ranked total D, Pats #10

    Only thing Newton has on Brady is rushing.

  12. pantherfan1973299 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 11:17 AM
    If I wasn’t a Panther fan, Cam would probably get on my nerves too, but anyone who stares at the stat sheet and declares him unworthy of MVP status just isn’t paying attention. For those who keep claiming Carolina hasn’t beaten anyone, please just stop. The only true NFC contender they haven’t beaten is Arizona, and with all due respect to the Cards and their fans, the only reason they haven’t beaten them is because they haven’t played. See you in the playoffs!

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    Actually, if you’re making a case for Newton for MVP the last thing you want them to look at is the stat sheet. He’s not even top 10 in rating and his completion percentage is ranked 29th.

  13. I guess some people truly believe in the idea that if you repeat the same lies over and over and over again, they become truths.

    QB completion % is a lot like batting avg. in baseball – it is completely irrelevant. But if you are absolutely hell-bent on citing it as an MVP criterion, please make it more accurate and remove all the passes that hit Panthers receivers between the numbers and got dropped. There’s a whole mess of ’em.

    Schedule strength – have you looked at the NFL standings lately? There are 32 teams, and only 12 have winning records. Do you know what that means? It means that EVERYBODY in playoff contention has played a poor schedule, because there are so many poor teams.

    Stop this nonsensical practice of taking numbers and applying them 1 way to the Panthers and a different way to everyone else.

  14. Newton is ranked:
    29th in completion %
    18th in passing yards
    6th in TD passes
    15th in rating

    Those are MVP numbers?
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    He’s the QB and most recognizable member of the only team that is currently undefeated – that trumps all numbers. The only stat that matters are wins

    I’m not even a Panthers fan and I would give it to him.

  15. Before the season i said I wouldn’t sign Cam to a $100 million plus contract because he was not accurate.

    I also said he couldn’t read defenses.

    I was wrong on both….

    The guy is controlling what is happening in these games. We have a vertical passing threat which is going to reduce his completion percentage. This year he is dominating throws down the middle of the field vs. out-routes mainly in 2014. Add in 5 or 6 wide open TD’s dropped and he looks a lot better.

    He has stepped up and been clutch in every situation.

    A year ago today he was in a car wreck and has lost only 1 game since that time. I’m on board.

  16. jgedgar70 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 11:30 AM
    I guess some people truly believe in the idea that if you repeat the same lies over and over and over again, they become truths.

    QB completion % is a lot like batting avg. in baseball – it is completely irrelevant. But if you are absolutely hell-bent on citing it as an MVP criterion, please make it more accurate and remove all the passes that hit Panthers receivers between the numbers and got dropped. There’s a whole mess of ’em.
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    It’s irrelevant because it doesn’t fit your argument. Look at all the other stats then. Remove all the passes that Pats receivers dropped. They lead the league in dropped passes, so Brady’s numbers would still be higher.

  17. @ rollotomasi14— I said if you’re looking at the stat sheet and declaring Cam unworthy of MVP than you aren’t paying attention. That is the opposite of making a case for Cam based on stats. In other words, stop staring at the stat sheet and look what the man is actually doing in the field!!

  18. I don’t know, I think the Panthers are a really good team, but I think the Cardinals are a better team, despite the two teams’ records.

  19. Sorry to be dense. Could a patient person explain why the Panthers bye depends on the Packers? NFL.Com seems to indicate that head-to-head is the number one tie-breaker. If so, wouldn’t a loss by the Vikings on THURSDAY give the Panthers a clinched bye immediately (since the Packers already have 4 losses…the most the Panthers COULD have… and the Panthers already beat the Packers)?

  20. The weirdest thing is that it’s possible that the two teams that gave us the worst playoff game in the history of the NFL last season could meet in the NFC Championship this season and feature this generations version of Trent Dilfer (Cam Newton.)

  21. rollotomasi14 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 10:36 AM

    brendafortheboyz says:
    Dec 9, 2015 10:28 AM
    Cam IS the MVP……..by a mile!
    ————
    Based on what? Hasn’t even completed 60% of his passes. Not even top 10 in quarter back rating.
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    The award is called the Most VALUABLE Player, not the most stat laden player. Fantasy football has ruined the way the sport is now covered and reported. He wins. He directs comeback wins. He is a leader. He is the most valuable player to his team in the entire league and it’s not even close. Oh, and just by the way, when it really counts in the 4th quater, his stats are at the top of the charts.

  22. rollotomasi14 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 10:42 AM

    Newton is ranked:
    29th in completion %
    18th in passing yards
    6th in TD passes
    15th in rating

    Those are MVP numbers?
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    No, those are the numbers that matter to someone who plays to much fantasy football. I’m a fan of real football.

  23. rollotomasi14 says:
    Dec 9, 2015 11:27 AM

    MVP is Brady. He’s dealt with off field distractions from the NFL, a lot more injuries to top offensive players, and his receivers lead the league in dropped balls.

    Completion %: Brady 63.7% Newton 58.4%
    TD/INT: Brady 31 (#1)/6 Newton 25/10
    Passing yards: Brady 3912 (#1) Newton 2797
    Rating: Brady 102.8 Newton 93.2

    Newton also has the #3 RB, Brady has #18 ranked.
    Panthers #3 ranked total D, Pats #10

    Only thing Newton has on Brady is rushing.
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    I’m really surprised Cam’s passer rating is that high (93.2). I haven’t looked but I suspect that is a huge improvement from last year – especially with the number of drops. And it is really telling that you left the best of last – the “only thing” Cam has pon Brady is rushing – which is the moost telling thing that Cam has on every other QB in the league and what separates him from the others. The truth is, it’s the rushing that confounds defenses he plays and makes him the most lethal red zone weapon in the league.

  24. I like how Panthers fans want to disregard stats now because it doesn’t fit their narrative, not they are for only fantasy players. Yeah, because MVP voters never look at stats. Delusional.

  25. So take that Cheaters fans! Your team is not as good as you think it is. Especially since they have to cheat to win.

  26. All the haters are running out of things to say !! Lol . “Oh the panthers suck their 12 and 0 and will lose in the play offs or ” panthers will lose to the cards”. Keep hating

  27. Word on the street is they are flexing the Panthers/Giants game until next year to give Mara more time to find a new coach and quarterback. So the Panthers will be the first team in history to be 18-0 instead of 19. Rest of the NFC East is in cahoots that they weren’t consider as well. Keep Pounding Blatches !!!!

  28. There’s a decent chance the Cards have nothing to play for in Week 17, and start their scrubs against Seattle to keep their starters healthy. If that’s the case, Minnesota could easily drop from a 5th to a 6th seed.

  29. right now Carolina is playing better than the NE and Cam is playing better than TB.

    Which team would be in bigger trouble if either QB went away?

    That’s your answer to who should be MVP.

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