Monday, November 24, 2014

NFL Playoff Picture after Week 12


With the bye weeks complete, I am now just posting the playoff picture after every week, using ESPN's playoff standings. It is interesting to see how teams move up and down week-to-week, so I am keeping the previous standings in for reference purposes.

NFC

Ari 7-1     Ari 8-1    Ari 9-1    Ari 9-2
Det 6-2     Det 7-2    Det 7-3    GB  8-3
Phi 6-2     Phi 7-2    Phi 7-3    Phi 8-3
NO  4-4     NO  4-5    Atl 4-6    Atl 4-7
Dal 6-2     Sea 6-3    GB  7-3    Dal 8-3
Sea 5-3     Dal 6-3    Dal 7-3    Sea 7-4
--------    --------   --------   --------
GB  5-3     GB  6-3    SF  6-4    Det 7-4
SF  4-4     SF  5-4    Sea 6-4    SF  7-4
Car 3-4-1              NO  4-6    NO  4-7  

Philadelphia has a better division record than Dallas, so they get the division title. Green Bay defeated the Eagles already, so they receive the second bye. Seattle's 1-1 division record is better than San Francisco's at 1-2, but that will obviously change on Thanksgiving. Seattle and Detroit have identical 5-2 conference records; the next tiebreaker is common games and Seattle takes that for the final playoff spot.

AFC

NE  6-2     NE  7-2    NE  8-2    NE  9-2 
Den 6-2     Den 7-2    Den 7-3    Den 8-3
Cin 5-2-1   Pit 6-3    Cin 6-3-1  Cin 7-3-1
Ind 5-3     Ind 6-3    Ind 6-4    Ind 7-4
KC  5-3     KC  6-3    KC  7-3    KC  7-4
SD  5-3     Cle 6-3    Mia 6-4    SD  7-4
--------    --------   ---------  ---------
Buf 5-3     Cin 5-3-1  SD  6-4    Bal 7-4
Mia 5-3     SD  5-4    Bal 6-4    Pit 7-4
Bal 5-3     Buf 5-4    Pit 6-4    Cle 7-4
Pit 5-3     Mia 5-4    Cle 6-4    Mia 6-5
Cle 5-3     Bal 5-4    Hou 5-5    Buf 6-5
Hou 4-4     Hou 4-5    Buf 5-5    Hou 5-6

Five teams at 7-4 fighting for two spots. Baltimore has a better head-to-head record against Pittsburgh and Cleveland, while Kansas City beat San Diego this season, so the first tiebreaker is between the Ravens and Chiefs, which goes to KC who has a better conference record (5-3 vs 3-4). The next tiebreaker is between San Diego and Baltimore and again the Ravens poor record in AFC games hurts them giving San Diego the final spot.

Looking back three games ago, Detroit and New Orleans have fallen out, replaced by Green Bay and Atlanta, while the AFC is back to seeing the 2013 playoff participants again.

Best,

Sean

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