Projecting the NFL Playoff Seeds: Week 16
[lead align=”default”]Week 15 in the NFL is over, and there are just two games to go for each team. As we project the NFL playoff seeds based on the results so far, for most, these will be the last two games.[/lead]
Four of the twelve playoff berths are spoken for, meaning eight remain out there. Sure, we have a pretty good idea of who those teams will be, but in some respects, it’s still wide open. Here’s how we think this thing is going to go, firing up the NFL playoff calculator one more time.
NFL Playoff Seeds Projection: NFC
1. Dallas Cowboys (14-2, NFC East champion, bye)
2. Seattle Seahawks (11-4-1, NFC West champion, bye)
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6, NFC South champion)
4. Detroit Lions (10-6, NFC North champion)
5. New York Giants (11-5, wild card)
6. Atlanta Falcons (10-6, wild card)
NFC: How We Got There
Nobody else has beaten Dallas but the Giants, so let’s say they’re going 14-2. It’s a reasonably safe assumption, anyway.
Seattle has a great shot at the two seed given that they play Arizona and San Francisco in their last two games. You can practically book those two wins.
The NFC South is where it gets interesting. If Atlanta loses on the road to Carolina and wins at home against New Orleans, they lose the division if Tampa Bay beats both the Saints (road) and Panthers (home).
As for the North, we’ll be nice to Detroit and say they win the finale against Green Bay. That gets them to 10-6 and in as the division champ.
The Giants have two divisional road games to close the season, but it figures they’ll win at least one of them. This gets them 11-5 and a guaranteed spot.
As for the also-rans, because we were nice to Detroit, we were mean to Green Bay. They’re 9-7, because we figure they’ll beat Minnesota next week. Also because we gave the Giants the Philly game but not the Redskins game, Washington finishes at 9-6-1. Had they won last night, this could be a whole different ballgame. As such, we have them winning out and missing the playoffs.
Minnesota was the only other team in range, but a likely 1-1 split in the final two gives them a disappointing 8-8 finish. All the rest finish under .500 in the NFC.