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The playoffs are quickly approaching because the NFL turns the page to Week 16 of the 2022 season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars kicked things off with a 19-3 win over the Recent York Jets on Thursday Night Football. With the win, the Jags kept their playoff hopes alive by improving to 7-8.
AFC Playoff Picture
- Buffalo Bills: 11-3 (clinched playoff berth)
- Kansas City Chiefs: 11-3 (clinched AFC West)
- Cincinnati Bengals: 10-4 (clinched playoff berth)
- Tennessee Titans: 7-7
- Baltimore Ravens: 9-5
- Los Angeles Chargers: 8-6
- Miami Dolphins: 8-6
- Recent England Patriots: 7-7
- Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-8
- Recent York Jets: 7-8
- Las Vegas Raiders: 6-8
- Cleveland Browns: 6-8
- Pittsburgh Steelers: 6-8
- Indianapolis Colts: 4-9-1 (eliminated)
- Denver Broncos: 4-10 (eliminated)
- Houston Texans: 1-12-1 (eliminated)
NFC Playoff Picture
- Philadelphia Eagles: 13-1 (clinched playoff berth)
- Minnesota Vikings: 11-3 (clinched NFC North)
- San Francisco 49ers: 10-4 (clinched NFC West)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 6-8
- Dallas Cowboys: 10-4 (clinched playoff berth)
- Recent York Giants: 8-5-1
- Washington Commanders: 7-6-1
- Seattle Seahawks: 7-7
- Detroit Lions: 7-7
- Green Bay Packers: 6-8
- Carolina Panthers: 5-9
- Recent Orleans Saints: 5-9
- Atlanta Falcons: 5-9
- Arizona Cardinals: 4-10 (eliminated)
- Los Angeles Rams: 4-10 (eliminated)
- Chicago Bears: 3-11 (eliminated)
Week 16 Clinching Scenarios
Opportunity abounds within the AFC this weekend.
The conference-leading Buffalo Bills can clinch the AFC East for the third straight 12 months with a win in Week 16. They’ll face the team with the worst record within the NFC, the Chicago Bears, in a game that may feature some incredibly harsh weather conditions at Soldier Field on Christmas Eve.
If the Bills in some way slip up against the Bears, they might still clinch the division crown with a loss by the Miami Dolphins, who host the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Day. Miami will face a motivated Aaron Rodgers as he tries to maintain Green Bay’s unlikely playoff hopes alive, which should make for an entertaining game.
The defending AFC champions didn’t even have to take the sector to punch their ticket back to the postseason, because the Cincinnati Bengals clinched a playoff berth after Thursday night’s loss by the Recent York Jets. Cincinnati overtook the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North lead with last week’s win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Speaking of the Ravens, they also can clinch a playoff berth, but they’d need a ton of help. The truth is, there are several different scenarios by which Baltimore can reach the postseason this week.
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The Los Angeles Chargers even have the prospect to clinch a playoff berth with some help, but they’re one step closer after Thursday’s loss by the Jets. Along with a win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Chargers also need losses by the Patriots and Las Vegas Raiders.
Over within the NFC, a pair of NFC East rivals take center stage, because the Philadelphia Eagles and Recent York Giants have lots on the road this week.
The primary-place Eagles can clinch not only the division with a win against the Dallas Cowboys but in addition home-field advantage and the NFC’s lone first-round bye. Philadelphia hasn’t won an NFC East title since 2019, but it should be playing without star quarterback and MVP candidate Jalen Hurts due to a shoulder injury.
The Giants first have to defeat the NFC North-champion Minnesota Vikings to earn a spot within the playoffs, which seemed out of the realm of possibility for Recent York entering the 2022 season. Nonetheless, the Giants also need some combination of losses by the Washington Commanders, Detroit Lions or Seattle Seahawks to achieve the postseason this week.