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2018 NFL Playoff Picture

It’s about time we got to the 2018 NFL Playoff Picture. 12 teams will make it, but one will win.

The three best teams after Week 11 in the NFL are the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and New Orleans Saints. Odds are that one of them will win Super Bowl LIII. If it’s not them, it is probably the New England Patriots because they are in the Super Bowl every other year. It does not matter that this is not their best team, and that Father Time may have caught up with Tom Brady.

From first seed to sixth seed, we track the bracket weekly. The website is called “The Bracket Yard” so this should come as little surprise. The most recent updates are at the top.

2018 NFL Playoff Picture last updated December 29, 2018

2018 NFL Playoff Picture: Week 17

2018 NFL Playoff Picture Week 17

This is it: either you’re in or you’re out, and the number of teams outside the field vying for a spot in the playoffs is small. There are relatively few NFC clinching scenarios this week, which are simple and straightforward, but many in the AFC.

Week 17: Who’s In Already?

Chicago Bears are the NFC North champions.
Dallas Cowboys are the NFC East champions.
Houston Texans have clinched an AFC playoff berth.
Kansas City Chiefs have clinched an AFC playoff berth.
Los Angeles Chargers have clinched an AFC playoff berth.
Los Angeles Rams are the NFC West champions.
New England Patriots are the AFC East champions.
New Orleans Saints are the NFC South champions.
Seattle Seahawks have clinched an NFC playoff berth.

There are three playoff spots remaining and a total of six teams alive for them.

Week 17 NFC Clinching Scenarios

CHI (11-4) clinch first-round bye with: (1) a win and a LAR loss.

LAR (12-3) clinch first-round bye with: (1) a win or tie; (2) a CHI loss or tie.

MIN (8-6-1) clinch a playoff berth with: (1) a win or tie; (2) a PHI loss or tie.

PHI (8-7) clinch a playoff berth with: (1) a win and a MIN loss.

Week 17 AFC Clinching Scenarios

There are 38 distinct scenarios in the AFC this week involving eight teams. Carpal Tunnel is not our bag, baby. To see more on the specific scenarios in the AFC, visit either CBS Sports or NFL.com.

2018 NFL Playoff Picture: Week 16

2018 NFL Playoff Picture Week 16

Only two teams flipped positions in this week’s bracket, but the key change was that the number of teams “in the hunt” dwindled in dramatic fashion. The teams listed on the graphic above are the only ones left alive in the playoff picture.

Week 16: Who’s In Already?

Chicago Bears are the NFC North champions.
Kansas City Chiefs have clinched an AFC playoff berth.
Los Angeles Chargers have clinched an AFC playoff berth.
Los Angeles Rams are the NFC West champions.
New Orleans Saints are the NFC South champions.

2018 NFL Playoff Picture: Week 15

2018 NFL Playoff Picture Week 15

The sole change in the twelve playoff seeds for this week was Los Angeles (Rams) dropping to the number two seed after an abysmal performance in Chicago. New Orleans elevated to the number one seed in the NFC.

Week 15 is a huge one and the list of playoff clinching scenarios has expanded. The Los Angeles Chargers found their way in after having defeated the Kansas City Chiefs.

Week 15: Who’s In Already?

Kansas City Chiefs have clinched an AFC playoff berth.
Los Angeles Chargers have clinched an AFC playoff berth.
Los Angeles Rams are the NFC West champions.
New Orleans Saints are the NFC South champions.

Week 15: Who’s Eliminated?

Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, and San Francisco 49ers.

Week 15 AFC Clinching Scenarios

HOU (9-4) clinch AFC South with: (1) a win, an IND loss or tie, and a TEN loss or tie; (2) a tie, an IND loss, and a TEN loss.

HOU (9-4) clinch a playoff berth with: (1) a win, a MIA loss or tie, and a PIT loss; (2) a win, a MIA loss or tie, and a BAL loss or tie; (3) a tie, a TEN loss or tie, a PIT loss, a BAL win, and a MIA loss; (4) a tie, an IND loss or tie, and a BAL loss or tie; (5) a tie, a TEN loss or tie, a PIT loss, a BAL loss, and a MIA tie; (6) a tie, an IND loss or tie, a PIT loss, a BAL win, and a MIA loss; (7) a tie, a TEN loss or tie, a BAL loss, and a MIA loss; (8) a tie, an IND loss or tie, a BAL loss, and a MIA loss.

NE (9-4) clinch AFC East with: (1) a win and a MIA loss or tie; (2) a tie and a MIA loss.

NE (9-4) clinch a playoff berth with: (1) a win and a TEN loss or tie; (2) a tie, a BAL loss, a TEN loss, and an IND loss or tie.

Week 15 NFC Clinching Scenarios

CHI (9-4) clinch NFC North with: (1) a win; (2) a MIN loss; (3) a tie and a MIN tie.

CHI (9-4) clinch a playoff berth with: (1) a tie; (2) a WSH loss or tie.

DAL (8-5) clinch NFC East with: (1) a win; (2) a tie, a PHI loss or tie, and a WSH loss or tie; (3) a PHI loss and a WSH loss.

LAR (11-2) clinch a first-round bye with: (1) a win and a CHI loss or tie; (2) a tie and a CHI loss.

NO (11-2) clinch a first-round bye with: (1) a win and a CHI loss or tie; (2) a tie and a CHI loss.

SEA (8-5) clinch a playoff berth with: (1) a win; (2) a tie, a MIN loss, and a CAR loss or tie; (3) a tie, a CAR loss or tie, a PHI loss or tie, and a WSH loss or tie; (4) a tie, a MIN loss, a PHI loss or tie, and a WSH loss or tie.

2018 NFL Playoff Picture: Week 14

2018 NFL Playoff Picture Week 14

Welcome the Seattle Seahawks to the correct site of the bracket this week, while the Washington Redskins are displaced following their loss.

Week 14 AFC Clinching Scenarios

KC (10-2) clinch playoff berth with: (1) a win or tie.

NE (9-3) clinch AFC East with: (1) a win or tie.

Week 14 NFC Clinching Scenarios

LAR (11-1) are the NFC West champions. They clinch a first-round bye with: (1) a win.

NO (10-2) clinch NFC South with: (1) a win or tie; (2) a CAR loss or tie.

NO (10-2) clinch playoff berth with: (1) a MIN loss, a PHI loss or tie, and a WSH loss or tie.

2018 NFL Playoff Picture: Week 13

2018 NFL Playoff Picture Week 13

Week 13 Clinching Scenarios

LAR (10-1) clinch NFC West with: (1) a win; or (2) a SEA loss; or (3) a tie and a SEA tie.

LAR (10-1) clinch playoff berth with: (1) a tie, WAS loss, and MIN loss/tie; or (2) a tie, WAS loss, and CAR loss; or (3) a tie, DAL loss, and MIN loss/tie; or (4) a tie, DAL loss, and CAR loss; or (5) a tie, CAR loss, and MIN loss/tie.

NO (10-1) clinch NFC South with: (1) a win and CAR loss/tie; or (2) a tie and CAR loss.

NO (10-1) clinch playoff berth with: (1) a win; or (2) a tie, SEA loss, and WAS loss; or (3) a tie, MIN loss, and WAS loss; or (4) a tie, MIN tie, SEA tie, and WAS loss.

2018 NFL Playoff Picture: Week 12

2018 NFL Playoff Picture Week 12

Individual Team Outlooks — How Strong Are Their Chances?

Very Strong: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints

Strong: Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers

Decent: Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins

Could Be Better: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

Help Us: Everyone else

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