Monday, January 2, 2017

NFL Final Playoff Picture


Here are the final playoff standings, along with a look back to past weeks:
AFC

Bal 3-0    NE  5-1    NE  7-2   Oak 10-2    NE  12-2    NE  13-2    NE  14-2
NE  3-0    Pit 4-2    KC  7-2   NE  10-2    Oak 11-3    Oak 12-3    KC  12-4
Den 3-0    Hou 4-2    Hou 6-3   Bal  7-5    Pit  9-5    Pit 10-5    Pit 11-5
Hou 2-1    KC  4-2    Bal 5-4   Hou  6-6    Hou  8-6    Hou  9-6    Hou  9-7
Pit 2-1    Oak 4-2    Oak 7-2   KC   9-3    KC  10-4    KC  11-4    Oak 12-4       
KC  2-1    Den 4-2    Den 6-3   Den  8-4    Mia  9-5    Mia 10-5    Mia 10-6
--------   --------   --------  ---------   ---------               ---------    
Oak 2-1    Buf 4-2    Mia 5-4   Mia  7-5    Bal  8-6                Ten  9-7                 
                      Pit 4-5   Pit  7-5    Ten  8-6                Den  9-7
                                Ind  6-6    Den  8-6
                                Ten  6-6    Ind  7-7
KC (6-0 in the division) moves up to second as Oakland cannot overcome the injury to Derek Carr in Week 17, the only change on the final Sunday. Houston and Tennessee tied at 9-7 with the Texans taking the title based on divisional record. Five of the six teams were in the playoffs after Week 6, with Denver dropping out to be replaced by Miami.
NFC

Min 3-0    Dal 5-1    Dal 8-1   Dal 11-1    Dal 12-2    Dal 13-2    Dal 13-3
Phi 3-0    Min 5-1    Sea 6-2-1 Sea  8-3-1  Sea  9-4-1  Atl 10-5    Atl 11-5 
LA  2-1    Sea 4-1-1  Atl 6-3   Det  8-4    Atl  9-5    Sea  9-5-1  Sea 10-5-1
Atl 2-1    Atl 4-2    Det 5-4   Atl  7-5    Det  9-5    GB   9-6    GB  10-6
NYG 2-1    Was 4-2    NYG 6-3   NYG  8-4    NYG 10-4    NYG 10-5    NYG 11-5
Dal 2-1    GB  4-2    Was 5-3-1 TB   7-5    GB   8-6    Det  9-6    Det 9-7
--------   ---------  --------- ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Sea 2-1    Phi 4-2    Phi 5-4   Was  6-5-1  TB   8-6    Was  8-6-1  TB  9-7
GB  2-1               Min 5-4   Min  6-6    Was  7-6-1  TB   8-7
                      GB  4-5   GB   6-6    Min  7-7
Detroit beat Tampa Bay for the final spot based on common games (Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans). Both teams split with their divisional rivals and lost to the Cowboys, the Buccaneers beat only the Bears, while Detroit beat the Saints and the Rams to earn the privilege of facing Seattle. Minnesota and Washington dropped out from Week 6, so overall 75% of the playoff teams were in a similar position way back in October. This isn't surprising, the season is short and good teams are usually good from start to finish.

As for my playoff prediction, can't imagine New England losing in the AFC, they will face the winner of the Packers/Giants WC game in the Super Bowl.

Best,

Sean

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