NFL Playoff Picture – Pre Week 17

2009 NFL Playoff Outlook

Let’s look at the remaining NFL schedule and project the remaining
results to see who will compete for this year’s Lombardi Trophy.

Here are the records and matchups for the teams that remain in the race
for the playoffs:

AFC

Indianapolis (14-1) - @Buffalo
San Diego (12-3) – Washington
Cincinnati (10-5) - @NY Jets
New England (10-5) - @Houston
Baltimore (8-7) – @Oakland
NY Jets (8-7) – Cincinnati
Denver (8-7) – Kansas City
Pittsburgh (8-7) – @Miami
Houston (8-7) - New England

Projections
#1 Seed – Indianapolis has clinched the #1 seed
#2 Seed – San Diego has clinched the #2 seec.
#3 Seed – New England will lose to Houston but still earn #3 seed
due to Cincy loss.
#4 Seed – Cincinnati will lose to the Jets.
#5 Seed – Baltimore will beat Oakland to claim the first wildcard
spot.
#6 Seed – New York Jets will bean an uninterested Cincinnati team
(they are 10 point favorites) and will claim the last Wild card spot

Note: My projections show Houston and Pittsburgh also finishing 9-7 but
losing out on the tiebreaker.

AFC Playoff Matchups:
#1 Indianapolis – Bye
#2 San Diego – Bye
#6 Baltimore at #3 New England
#5 New York Jets at #4 Cincinnati

NFC

New Orleans (13-2) – @Carolina
Minnesota (11-4) - NY Giants
Philadelphia (11-4) – @Dallas
Arizona (10-5) - Green Bay
Green Bay (10-5) - @Arizona
Dallas (10-5) - Philadelphia

Projections
#1 – New Orleans – Will clinch #1 seed by winning at Carolina.
#2 – Minnesota – Will beat the New York Giants to claim the
#2 seed and bye.
#3 – Arizona - Will beat Green Bay to claim the #3 seed.
#4 - Dallas – Will beat Philadelphia to claim the Division Title and
#4 seed.
#5 – Philadelphia – Will lose to Dallas and be the wild card
and get to return to Dallas next week.
#6 – Green Bay – Will lose to Arizona and get a rematch next
week.

NFC Playoff Matchups
#1 New Orleans – Bye
#2 Minnesota – Bye
#5 Philadelphia at #4 Dallas
#6 Green Bay at #3 Arizona

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