NFL playoff picture 2017-18: Week 15

With only two weeks left in the NFL’s regular season, the playoff picture nfl is starting to shape up as teams are eliminated and others clinch their divisions. For NFL fans in Pennsylvania, you couldn’t be any happier than waking up on Tuesday and finding out that both PA teams are sitting respectively on top of their conferences.

The Steelers and Eagles clinched division tickets to the playoffs a week ago. The Patriots, Vikings, and Jaguars joined with them in Week 15.

The Los Angeles Rams clinched the playoff seed in Week 15, but those hopes ended Saturday with Detroit’s win.

AFC Playoff Picture if the nfl season stopped today

New England Patriots (11-3) clinched division
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) clinched division
Jacksonville Jaguars (10-4) clinched playoff seed
Kansas City Chiefs (8-6)
Tennessee Titans (8-6) (Wild Card)
Baltimore Ravens (8-6) (Wild Card)

In the hunt:

Buffalo Bills (8-6)
Los Angeles Chargers (7-7)
Oakland Raiders (6-7)
Miami Dolphins (6-8)

NFC Playoff Picture if the nfl season stopped today

Philadelphia Eagles (12-2) clinched division
Minnesota Vikings (11-3) clinched division
Los Angeles Rams (10-4) clinched playoff seed
New Orleans Saints (10-4)
Carolina Panthers (10-4) (Wild Card)
Atlanta Falcons (9-5) (Wild Card)

In the hunt:

Seattle Seahawks (8-6)
Detroit Lions (8-6)
Dallas Cowboys (7-6)
Green Bay Packers (7-7)

A wild ending to a victory in Pittsburgh sets up the Pats on a path to secure homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Beat the Bills and Jets and the No. 1 seed is New England’s. It’s hard not to see it happening.

As for Sunday night’s contest, it’s a crucial one for the teams involved. The Oakland Raiders play host to the Dallas Cowboys, with both teams currently outside the playoff picture but hoping to keep postseason dreams alive.

On Saturday night, Kansas City routed the turnover-prone Los Angeles Chargers 30-13 to seize control of the AFC West. Also Saturday, Detroit beat Chicago 20-10.

While three teams in the AFC have been eliminated from extending their playoff hopes.

Some teams can help their chances by winning their week 15 games, while some could use a little help and others could move down the rankings in the playoffs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars officially made the playoffs for the first time in a decade. The win over Houston also keeps the Jaguars ahead of the Titans, who dropped a game on the road to the suddenly hot 49ers.

The NFC South remains a virtual toss-up with two weeks to go. The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers both moved to 10-4 with wins over the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers, respectively. The Saints maintain the division lead, but they have to play the 8-5 Atlanta Falcons in Week 16 while the Panthers get the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As for Sunday night’s contest, it’s a crucial one for the teams involved. The Oakland Raiders play host to the Dallas Cowboys, with both teams currently outside the playoff picture but hoping to keep postseason dreams alive.

The Falcons to 9-5 nears playoffs with ugly win on the year while Buccaneers fell to 4-10. As a result of the Falcons’ victory, the Packers are now eliminated from the playoffs for the first time since 2008. And now, there’s a very real chance that they could sit Aaron Rodgers against the Vikings on Saturday.

The Falcons are in the thick of the playoff race, but getting there won’t be easy. They’ll finish the year against the Saints and Panthers.

The four teams in the NFC South are going to be seeing a lot of each other in the final two weeks of the season.

 In the Mix: The Seattle Seahawks at 8-5, Detroit Lions 8-6, Green Bay Packers 7-6

After week 15 end, the playoff picture will certainly shape up and give us a better idea on who’s out and who has hurt their playoff seeding, as the rush to Super Bowl LII continues. For complete division standings, go to NFL.com.

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