Heading into the final week of the NFL, there are plenty of teams looking to secure themselves a spot in the playoffs. Some teams control their own destiny, while others must wait for some combination of results to get in the playoffs. Here is a breakdown of what each team in the hunt needs in order to gain access into the playoffs.
The Miami Dolphins pulled an amazing win against the Las Vegas Raiders this past Saturday and just need a win to clinch a spot in the playoffs. However, this task will not be easy as they face the Buffalo Bills who just thrashed the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football. It will be interesting to see if the Bills rest their starting players for this match, or if they play with their starters. Even so, it will be a tough road match for the Dolphins who must win to get in the playoffs this season.
The Cleveland Browns come from a devastating loss to the New York Jets this past Sunday afternoon. They did not have their starting wide receivers as they were left out due to Covid-19. Baker Mayfield didn’t have his usual key targets and couldn’t manage a late comeback to secure the win when he lost the ball in the last play of the team. The Browns will now face the Pittsburgh Steelers who have secured themselves a spot in the playoffs. Due to that reason the Steelers may not play some key players in this game which could benefit the Browns hopes of entering the playoffs this year.
The Baltimore Ravens come from defeating the New York Giants and just need a win to get in the playoffs. They will face the Cincinnati Bengals who are already eliminated from playoff contention. In paper it seems like an easy win for the Ravens, but we all know that isn’t true. Lamar Jackson has picked up his level as of late and will look to navigate the Ravens to the playoffs once again.
The Indianapolis Colts suffered a devastating loss to the Steelers Sunday afternoon when they saw a healthy lead get out of their hands. They need to win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and need a loss from either the Browns, Ravens, or Dolphins to clinch a spot in the playoffs. It is a little more complicated, although weirder and wilder results have happened before.
The Tennessee Titans need to win against the Houston Texans to secure a spot in the playoffs and win the AFC South. Last time theses two teams met it was shootout in which it went into overtime where the Titans one eventually. The Titans come from a devastating loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. They will look to bounce back against the Texans and clinch a spot in the playoffs once again.
Believe it or not, the Dallas Cowboys still have a chance to enter the playoffs this year. Everything looked downhill when they lost quarterback Dak Prescott earlier in the year. By defeating the Eagles this past Sunday, they kept their playoff hopes alive. Although, they need the Philadelphia Eagles to beat Washington and the Cowboys must defeat New York Giants. It will not be an easy task for the Cowboys, but anything can happen as we all know.
Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team just need to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles to win the NFC East and clinch a spot into the playoffs. Even though they lost to the Carolina Panthers, they still remain atop of the division. It seems like a very simple thing to accomplish, but the rivalry between the Eagles could see this a little more complicated than it looks like.
New York Giants
The New York Giants loss to the Ravens put them in a complicated scenario. They must now beat the Cowboys and wait for the Eagles to defeat Washington. If this was to happen, then the Giants will win the NFC East. It is a complicated combination but nonetheless it is a possible one for the Giants hopes of entering the playoffs.
The Chicago Bears must defeat the Green Bay Packers in a tough rivalry division matchup. It will not be an easy game as the Packers must win to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs and a first round bye. Although, the Bears have another way of entering the playoffs if they end up losing to the Packers. That alternative route is if the Arizona Cardinals lose to the Los Angeles Rams.
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams can enter the playoffs if they beat the Seattle Seahawks. Even if they lose to the Seahawks, they can enter the playoffs if the Chicago Bears lose to the Green Bay Packers. If the Rams lose and the Bears win, then the Rams are out of the playoffs this season.
The Arizona Cardinals come from a surprising defeat to the San Francisco 49ers. That loss complicated things for them. They need to beat the Los Angeles Rams to clinch playoff berth. It will not be an easy task as the Rams also need to win to enter the playoffs directly without having to depend on another result.
Amazing Weekend Of Football
With it being the last week of regular football, every team that has a chance of playoff contention will look to win this Sunday. Expect a lot of drama, action, and devastation this weekend. Some teams will come out as big winners while others will come out empty handed. Indeed it will be a thrilling Sunday that awaits us in the NFL. In summary, you will be entertained and filled with happiness or sadness depending on who you are rooting for.