Texans, Cowboys and Vikings can clinch playoff berths this week

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We won’t know all 12 playoff teams by the time that Week 16 comes to an end, but we could have 11 of the spots filled by the close of business on Monday.

Eight teams have already booked berths and the Texans, Cowboys and Vikings can join them. The Texans will clinch both a playoff spot and the AFC South title by beating the Buccaneers on Saturday. The same will be true if the Titans lose to the Saints on Sunday.

The Texans can also clinch a playoff berth without beating the Buccaneers or getting a Titans loss if the Steelers lose, but the AFC South would remain up for grabs when they face Tennessee in Week 17.

The Vikings are in if they beat the Packers, which would also keep the NFC North in play for the final weekend of the regular season. A Rams loss would clinch a Wild Card spot for Minnesota if the Vikings can’t beat their divisional rivals.

Dallas is the final team that can secure a spot this weekend. They’ll win the NFC East by beating the Eagles.

Baltimore’s in the playoffs and they can wrap up the No. 1 seed by beating the Browns. They’d also get that spot if the Chiefs and Patriots both lose their games. If the Ravens lose and either Kansas City or New England loses, the Ravens would clinch a bye through the first round.

A Patriots win against the Bills makes them AFC East champs. If they win and the Chiefs lose to the Bears, they’ll clinch a bye.

30 responses to “Texans, Cowboys and Vikings can clinch playoff berths this week

  1. In theory, the 10 win Vikings can still miss the playoffs. Stranger things have happened and die hard Viking fans can cite chapter and verse but one of my favorites is when the last place Cardinals beat the Vikings on a 4th and 28 last play of the last game of the season with a TD strike in the corner of the end zone. Good times, yes, good times.

  2. I think we have a good chance of beating them at home, but there’s zero chance they lose to Blough and the lions. I’ll take my roster vs the packers against any team in the NFC this year, any sunday in any stadium.

  3. whatjusthapped says:
    December 17, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    In theory, the 10 win Vikings can still miss the playoffs. Stranger things have happened and die hard Viking fans can cite chapter and verse but one of my favorites is when the last place Cardinals beat the Vikings on a 4th and 28 last play of the last game of the season with a TD strike in the corner of the end zone. Good times, yes, good times.
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    As a Viking fan, I remember that well. Of course, that was the same year that Packer fans saw “4th and 26”.

  4. Can we, just for a second, just but this incessant bickering aside and agree that the Packers are a much better franchise than the Vikings, and that Packers fans are just better fans than Vikings fans?

    Sheesh. It’s the holidays. Let’s just agree on the facts and enjoy football.

  5. whats crazy for the titans is that this next game against the saints has almost no impact on our playoff chances. they just need to beat the texans in week 17

  6. Texans and Vikings will make the post-season the Cowboys are the biggest question mark, but if they like they did last Sunday not only will they get in….as crazy as it sounds they may even be getting hot at the right time.

  7. fwippel says:

    As a Viking fan, I remember that well. Of course, that was the same year that Packer fans saw “4th and 26” ==========================================================

    Remind me again, which team was in the playoffs and which team was watching from home (yet again)?

  8. Greatest game I ever saw was packers losing a 16 point lead to Seattle with 2 minutes left in the NFC Championship game. Have it on my phone and watch it often.

  9. Once the season is over, it doesn’t matter what your record is, 9-7 Giants anyone? Its the teams playing the best football. You cannot use your 13 world championship to gain Super powers, there are no Minneapolis Miracles to deploy. Not of that matters at all. Every one is 0-0 and let the games begin.Ancient history has no bearing on the out come of any of the play-off games to come. Who is playing the hottest right now? After this weekend and based on wins its the Saints crushing the Colts and Vikings crushing the Chargers. Cowboys crushing the Rams as well. Top dogs like the Seahawks, 9ers and Packers barely beat their opponents or lost to bad football teams.

    In the end it will not matter record wise once the seeds are set in stone and wild card weekend comes. Everyone will be 0-0. The team that gets the hottest at the right time will win out no matter what the seed is because that’s how tight the NFC is this year. Its wide open.

  10. Kurt’s Cousin says:
    December 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm
    This weekend will tell us if the Vikings are as bad, or the packers are as good, as their fans claim.

    Just the one game? That decides it?

    Because if that’s the case, then the Packers are around 5 points better than the Vikings. They already played a game.

  11. Agree with aaronspornstash that all teams are 0-0 and the hot teams playing well will win, with one caveat. Home field advantage still matters. The 9-7 Giants were a rarity, and an exception to the rule, not THE rule.

  12. fwippel says:
    December 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    but one of my favorites is when the last place Cardinals beat the Vikings on a 4th and 28 last play /////

    You remember wrong,it was 4th and 24 on the last play of the game. And packer fans were all over the Vikings defense only to let up a 4th & 26 in the playoffs. hahaha

  13. Wait…….I’m totally confused.

    The Vikings appear to be only 1 game behind the Packers in the NFC North standings, yet it’s going to take them two (2) wins coupled with two (2) Packer losses for them to take the division.
    Hence, it actually appears to be an entire two (2) game lead.

    But the hyper-intelligent Barneys insisted all season long that this really wasn’t so.
    In fact, they talked incessantly about how tie breakers don’t really come into effect until the end of the season.
    Somebody really should alert the NFL that their current playoff picture/seedings doesn’t quite mesh with the average Barney intellect, and things are going to have to be reconfigured to suit their nonsensical whims.

  14. It’s a half game… math must not be taught in Wisconsin. Or not taught correctly. A tiebreak advantage is the equivalent of a half game lead.

  15. harry hands says:
    December 17, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    It’s a half game… math must not be taught in Wisconsin. Or not taught correctly. A tiebreak advantage is the equivalent of a half game lead.
    _________

    I really don’t understand why I’ve been forced to spar with you clowns over this for the better part of this season, but every team in the NFL plays an even amount of games.
    There simply are no half games, so whatever hair you want to split over this, be my guest, but it’s still essentially a two game lead.
    Which, by coincidence, has been exactly what I’ve said all along.
    Common sense must be abandoned at birth in Loserville, as well as most of Minnesota.

  16. All this talk about the Central/North division title which Packer rubes hold so thier heats this year. Yeah, I get it. Your sqaud hasnt sniffed a title for two years and I can understand the excitement let alone play offs. Its exciting I bet!

    Since the NFL Central became the NFC Central/ North heres how many division titles each team has won.

    Vikings
    NFC Central: 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000
    NFC North: 2008, 2009, 2015, 2017

    18 total – take note years 73-78 6 straight, the Packer have never done that ever.

    Green Bay

    NFC Central: 1972, 1995, 1996, 1997
    NFC North: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016

    13 total The Packers could muster only 3 Division titles in a row.

    NFC Conference Championships both have three

    So what does all this mean? The Packers are not as dominant as their fans want people to think they are since The NFL Central became the NFC Central/North. The Packers glory days are basically before 70s. So I can understand Packer Rube excitement a division title is a big deal to you guys. You’ve won it before, act like you’ve been there. I know its probably because half of you only know the Farve/Rodgers era and think a Fresh Start With Bart is an oil change place in Sheboygan……lol

  17. Do I think the Packers will lose they’re last two games? No. I do believe they’ll lose the next one though, even though the Vikes are pretty beat up. Is Green Bay bringing their ‘special’ ref crew? We remember Detroit. Who knows? The Packers aren’t very good and it would be poetic justice to watch the Lions drop GB to the 6th seed.

  18. whatjusthapped says:

    Remind me again, which team was in the playoffs and which team was watching from home (yet again)?
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    Remind me again, which team traditionally is much lower in the NFC North/Central standings.

    Remind me again, how many more times the Packer fans have been watching the Vikings players play in the post season while the Packers players are attempting to play golf.

    Remind me again which team has spent more consecutive years not making the playoffs.

    Remind me again which team went 25 years with only scoring a single FG in the playoffs of a full regulation season (an NFL record).

    It’s hard to believe that someone would be foolish enough to make your above statement when it’s common knowledge that the truth of the matter is that the Packer fans are so downtrodden because of looking up in the standings to find the Vikings most years.

  19. Greatest game I ever saw was packers losing a 16 point lead to Seattle with 2 minutes left in the NFC Championship game. Have it on my phone and watch it often.

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    The greatest games I ever watched would be watching the Packers win the superbowls against the Pats and Steelers , not watching another team lose. Really shows the context of how some people think.

  20. tokyosandblaster says:
    December 18, 2019 at 10:04 am
    remind me again, which team has 13 championships?
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    And nine of them were in prehistoric times before half the NFL teams didn’t even exist.

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