Five more teams can clinch playoff berths this week

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We already know that the Panthers, Cardinals and Patriots will make the playoffs. By Sunday night, we may know the identity of five more playoff teams, as the Bengals, Broncos, Packers, Seahawks and Vikings all have playoff-clinching scenarios for Week 15.

Here are all of this week’s playoff scenarios:

Patriots: New England has already clinched the AFC East and can clinch a first-round bye with a win and either a Broncos loss or a Bengals loss.

Bengals: Cincinnati clinches the AFC North with a Steelers loss. Cincinnati also clinches a playoff spot with a win, or a Jets loss, or a Chiefs loss.

Broncos: Denver clinches the AFC West with a win and a Chiefs loss. Denver also clinches a playoff berth with a win, or with a Jets loss.

Panthers: Carolina has already clinched a first-round bye and will clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win and a Cardinals loss.

Cardinals: Arizona clinches the NFC west with a win or a Seahawks loss. There’s also a scenario in which Arizona clinches the NFC West even if the Cardinals lose and the Seahawks win, which would require the Bengals and Saints to win while the Cowboys and Steelers lose. The Cardinals clinch a first-round bye if they win and the Packers lose.

Packers: Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with a win. Green Bay can also clinch a playoff berth with a loss, if the Buccaneers lose and either Washington or the Giants lose.

Seahawks: Seattle clinches a playoff spot with a win and a Buccaneers loss, plus either a Giants loss or a Washington loss, or a Falcons loss and a Vikings loss and a Packers loss.

Vikings: Minnesota clinches a playoff spot with a win and a Buccaneers loss, plus a loss by either Washington or the Giants, and a loss by either the Falcons or Seahawks.

42 responses to “Five more teams can clinch playoff berths this week

  1. Credit to the Panthers for a great season. Quite a turn-around from 7–8–1 last year.
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    Quite a turn around from 3-8-1 last year.

  2. It is a lot better to be a fan of a team that just has to win to clinch. Reading all the scenarios where your team needs help gets old.

  3. So as a Rams fan all I get to look forward to this week is watching my team play 3 days early while wearing god awful yellow “color rush” uniforms and possibly helping either Seattle, Green Bay, or Minnesota clinch a playoff spot by beating the Bucs. Damn you Jeff Fisher!!!

  4. factman66 says:
    Dec 15, 2015 6:06 PM

    The New Cheatland Pathetics have clinched the AFCLeast. Congratulations beating up on practice squad QBs, quite the accomplishment.
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    Your hate, disdain and envy are palpable. It’s energizing!. Thank you.

    Go Patriots!

  5. This may be the only time all year Vikings and Packer fans agree on something — they all want the Bucs, Skins and Giants to lose. Well, that and beer is good.

  6. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 15, 2015 6:14 PM
    Bridgewater looks like a giant standing next to Rodgers.
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    Rodgers is actually speaking to someone else ten feet beyond and out of view behind Bridgewater.

  7. All these scenarios are priceless. “Team A can clinch a playoff spot if they win, teams X,Y &Z lose, and if a guy named Big Tony wins a shuffle board tournament in Hackensack, NJ and doesn’t celebrate by eating a cannoli.”

    All these scenarios show is that it is too early to think about scenarios. If all a team has to do is win, then fine. But counting on all sorts of things to play out is ridiculous.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 15, 2015 6:14 PM

    Bridgewater looks like a giant standing next to Rodgers.
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    A Giant? He’s obviously still dressed in the ugly purple Viking attire. (*Rimshot*)

    But seriously, you can easily observe Bridgewater hiding his incredibly small, puny hands in this photo out of shame, as Rodgers proudly waves his back and forth.

  9. filthymcnasty3
    Dec 15, 2015, 4:53 PM CST
    That’s a nice picture of Rodgers consoling Bridgewater after the Packers humiliated the Vikings a few weeks back.
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    He’s not consoling, he’s preparing to pass the torch. It happens to every veteran.

  10. All of these teams should make the playoffs, whether this week or the next couple weeks. The only one of these teams that has a realistic shot of NOT making the playoffs is the Vikings. They’re just not a very good team and have 3 games left where there’s a good chance they lose all 3.

  11. Bucs losing to the Rams, Falcons losing to the Jaguars, and the Giants losing to the Panthers all seem like realistic outcomes.

    I didn’t think I’d be rooting for the Panthers to win any games this year. But this week I’ll make an exception.

    Go Hawks!

  12. Seattle is a scary team with 0 running backs. Oh wait I forgot the pretend QB is a running back.

    Seattle feasts on bad teams. Loses to good ones.

    They are going to lose in the wildcard round to whatever NFC East team wins.

  13. conormacleod says:
    Dec 15, 2015 7:18 PM
    He’s not consoling, he’s preparing to pass the torch. It happens to every veteran.
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    You’re confused. Passing the Torch and Getting Torched are mutually exclusive events.

  14. ^^^^^^^

    nuther tardinal fan CLEARLY

    seattle hasn’t lost a game all season by moire than 10, has had the lead in the 4th Q in ALL games, all but 2 games were lost by 3 or less

    Seattle has 3 wins by MORE than 20 points, and one shutout, playing GOOD TEAMS

    meanwhile the Panters have played NO ONE, just one team over .500 all season

    AZ has had some SERIOUS help from the officials, SO MUCH in fact it has shaken the NFL to its CORE..

    Seattle, GB, Stealers, and Donks are the 4 best teams right now, cheetriots don’t play anyone either unless you call the AFC”Easiest” farm division formidable… lol, ok right sure yea uh huh yup gotchya, how bout the panters and their “skate” division… WOW yea they are SMOKIN’ how much you think they’re looking forward to having Russ back in their house at THREE AND ZERO the way the Hawks are playing today?

    guess the only real question is what type of “dance” sham newton will do after the officials DONT just throw a bogus flag to give him a first down, and Seattle is BLANKETING his receivers and comin down with the ball?

    THIS game I cannot wait for, Panters never were in Seattle’s league, EVER, good certainly, NFCW good? nope

  15. Bridgewater looks like a giant standing next to Rodgers.

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    Not even close. The Giants have proven they can beat the Packers. Teddy hasn’t.

  16. Ill never understand these playoff scenarios, under what circumstance can a 4 and 9 (cowboys) team losing possibly help an 11 and 2 (cardinals) team make the playoffs

  17. A picture of Rodgers consulting Bridgewater that Rodgers is now just a game manager at best who likes to choke. And that he’s in full swing of declining. Bridgewater looks a lot bigger than game manager Rodgers and bigger hands too.

  18. The only team that’s not going to make the playoff is likely the Pack ten. If they poop at Oakland, they won’t win another game and will finish 9-7 bc #12 is now #0, game manager at best. Lol

  19. What is the deal with Viking’s QB’s and having tiny hands, and being fumble machines? I remember it was like an easy call to predict Culpepper fumbling at the goal line.

  20. -Only 11 teams are above .500. Last year we finished with 16. Parity is down

    Well this year seems like a lot more teams are banged up,Bengals who were one of the healthiest even got super banged up while playing steelers

  21. All four teams in the NFL LEAST could end up at 6-10, and one of these losers will end up in the playoffs. And some of their fans are excited. But they will end up as a one and done, as usual.

    And the projected winner is nicknamed the “deadskins”.

  22. There’s also a scenario in which Arizona clinches the NFC West even if the Cardinals lose and the Seahawks win, which would require the Bengals and Saints to win while the Cowboys and Steelers lose.

    This actually refers to the 5th tie-breaker that would come into effect if the Seahawks win out and the Cards lose out – it would go to SOV (Strength of Victory). To simplify that, all you need to do is compare the win totals for non-common wins by each team. The Cards beat the Bengals & Saints, while the Seahawks beat the Cowboys & Stealers, so the total wins for each pair would determine who gets the division.

  23. nineball26 says:
    Dec 15, 2015 7:52 PM

    “Seattle has 3 wins by MORE than 20 points, and one shutout, playing GOOD TEAMS”

    “meanwhile the Panters have played NO ONE, just one team over .500 all season”

    “AZ has had some SERIOUS help from the officials, SO MUCH in fact it has shaken the NFL to its CORE..”

    “…Panters never were in Seattle’s league, EVER…”
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    Their three 20+ point wins were against the Bears and Ravens, both led by Jimmy Clausen while the third was the Vikings.

    The Panthers have beaten two teams over .500, The first being your Seahawks and the other being the Packers (that pesky team that also beat your Seahawks).

    Your third statement here is so hypocritical that I briefly wondered if you’re actually trying to subtly troll Seattle fans. All I need to add here is Lions Vs Seattle week 4.

    As for Carolina not being in Seattle’s league, they beat your team…IN SEATTLE. Not much more to say there.

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