With three weeks left, 27 teams are still alive

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For only the fourth time ever, 27 teams remain alive for the playoffs with only three weeks left in the season.

As noted by James Palmer of NFL Media, only five teams have a fork stuck in them: the Jaguars, Texans, Lions, Jets, and Bears.

It previously happened in 1982, 1995, and 2004. In ’82, 16 teams qualified due to a strike that limited the season to nine games. This year, the second of the 14-team playoff field, there are more seats and thus more teams in position to get them.

The Giants at 4-10 and the Panthers and Seahawks, each 5-9, are the closest to falling off the cliff officially. Two teams are 6-8, the Panthers and Falcons.

That leaves 22 teams at 7-7 or better. In other words, 68 percent of the league has won at least half of its games. In the AFC, 13 of 16 teams are 7-7 or better, possibly setting up one of the craziest games of musical chairs the NFL has ever seen as the final 48 games of the season are played.

9 responses to “With three weeks left, 27 teams are still alive

  1. Crazy. Let’s see if this trend stays consistent every year like the league wants. It’s good for football. No doubt about it.

  2. @raven245680
    It’s not good for football or the sport if the games are being controlled by a third party to fix the outcome for gambling

  3. The Carolina Panthers are dead in the water and will not win another game in 2021 with the soon to be fired Head Coach Matt Rhule at the helm. Good riddance. Top Ten draft pick for the third straight year.

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