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December 6, 2011

NFL Playoff Picture: 4 Weeks Left, Who’s In? Who’s Out?

Filed under: NFL, Oakland Raiders — Bill @ 11:37 am

At this point in the 2011 NFL season every team has played 12 games, which means the regular season is 75% complete. The next four weeks will determine who will make the playoffs and who will stay home and watch them on TV. Also up for grabs is the valuable first round bye for those top two teams in each conference.

Playoff Lineup in Review:
A total of 12 teams qualify for the playoffs, 6 teams in the AFC & 6 in the NFC (4 division winners & 2 Wild Card teams). Each conference will rank the teams 1 thru 6. The top ranked team will have home field advantage as long as it continues to win, & the top 2 earn a 1st round bye. Teams ranked 3 & 4 will be the other division winners. They will host a Wild Card team.

#1- Home field advantage throughout & a first week bye
#2- First week bye
#3- Will host team #6
#4- Will host team #5

Wild Card Weekend = Saturday & Sunday, January 7th & 8th
Divisional Playoffs = Saturday & Sunday, January 14th & 15th
Conference Championships = Sunday January 22nd
Super Bowl XLVI = Sunday February 12th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN

If the season were to end today here is who’s in & who’s not:

AFC
East- New England 9-3
North- Baltimore 9-3
South- Houston 9-3
West- Denver 7-5 (6-3 vs. AFC)
Wild Card- Pittsburgh 9-3
Wild Card- Cincinnati 7-5 (6-4 vs. AFC)
*Baltimore wins division because of head-to-head vs. Pittsburgh
*Denver wins division because of a better record vs. division

Teams still with a chance-
Tennessee 7-5 (5-4 vs. AFC)
Oakland 7-5 (5-5 vs. AFC)
New York Jets 7-5 (5-5 vs. AFC)
San Diego 5-7 (4-5 vs. AFC)
Buffalo 5-7 (3-5 vs. AFC)
Kansas City 5-7 (3-6 vs. AFC)

*Home Field Advantage in the AFC is complicated & the NFL tiebreaking rules don’t directly address the procedure for determining slotting teams for the playoffs. Baltimore has the edge over Houston due to head-to-head. New England has a slight edge over Baltimore vs. the AFC, but Baltimore has a better division record. It could come down to record vs. common opponents.

NFC
East- Dallas 7-5
North- Green Bay 12-0
South- New Orleans 9-3
West- San Francisco 10-2
Wild Card- Chicago 7-5 (6-3 vs. NFC)
Wild Card- Atlanta 7-5 (5-4 vs. NFC)
*Chicago wins Wild Card over Detroit because of better record vs. NFC
*Chicago wins Wild Card over Atlanta because of head-to-head
*Atlanta wins Wild Card over Detroit because of head-to-head

Teams still with a chance-
Detroit 7-5 (5-5 vs. NFC)
New York Giants 6-6 (3-6 vs. NFC)
Seattle 5-7 (4-4 vs. NFC)
Arizona 5-7 95-5 vs. NFC)

*Home Field Advantage clearly goes to Green Bay, while both the Packers & 49ers would earn a 1st round bye.

There are still 4 weeks remaining, including some key divisional matchups. Weather may begin to play a factor as we enter the winter months. The only thing we know for certain is to expect uncertainty!

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1 Comment »

  1. I can remember most of the games.Lot of names i havent herd in years well done dr.

    Comment by uncle buck — April 11, 2012 @ 10:45 am


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