Monday, December 12, 2011

NFL Playoff Picture - Week 14


With three weeks to go, there's still a lot to be decided although 4 teams have now clinched (in bold):
NFC
Week 4 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14
1. GB (4-0) GB (9-0) GB (10-0) GB (11-0) GB (12-0) GB (13-0)
2. Was (3-1) SF (8-1) SF (9-1) SF (9-2) SF (10-2) SF (10-3)
3. SF (3-1) NO (6-3) NO (7-3) NO (8-3) NO (9-3) NO (10-3)
4. TB (3-1) NYG (6-3) Dal (6-4) Dal (7-4) Dal (7-5) NYG (7-6)
5. Det (4-0) Det (6-3) Det (7-3) Chi (7-4) Chi (7-5) Atl (8-5)
6. NYG (3-1) Chi (6-3) Chi (7-3) Atl (7-4) Atl (7-5) Det (8-5)

AFC
Week 4 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14
1. Hou (3-1) Hou (6-3) NE (7-3) Hou (8-3) NE (9-3) Hou (10-3)
2. Buf (3-1) NE (6-3) Hou (7-3) NE (8-3) Bal (9-3) Bal (10-3)
3. Bal (3-1) Bal (6-3) Bal (7-3) Bal (8-3) Hou (9-3) NE (10-3)
4. SD (3-1) Oak (5-4) Oak (6-4) Oak (7-4) Den (7-5) Den (8-5)
5. Ten (3-1) Cin (6-3) Pit (7-3) Pit (8-3) Pit (9-3) Pit (10-3)
6. NE (3-1) Pit (6-3) Cin (6-4) Cin (7-4) Cin (7-5) NYJ (8-5)

The NFC saw Chicago drop out after they became the latest victims to Tim Tebow and the Broncos (a 59-yard kick to tie and a 51-yard kick to win in OT!) while Detroit and Atlanta won. The Falcons beat the Lions back in Week 7 so take the 5th seed. The 49ers still have a better conference record than New Orleans, but their loss to Arizona has to be troubling. The Giants take over the East after their stunning comeback win over the hapless Cowboys.

The AFC sees the New York's other team take over the last spot after Cincinnati lost to Houston, who themselves move back to the top as New England's win was over an NFC team, giving the Texans the best conference record. Baltimore grabs the second bye based on the common games tiebreaker, as the Ravens have beaten Pittsburgh twice, the Jets, and Indianapolis, while the Patriots have beaten the Jets twice and Indy, but lost to the Steelers. The common games tiebreaker requires a minimum of 4, so I believe this is correct at this point.

Out of 12 playoff teams, 10 have either 10-3 or 8-5 records.

I'm out of the country for the next two weeks so the playoff picture might be a bit delayed, in the meantime, check out the NFL's much fancier page.

Best,

Sean

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