Confused about the 2010 NFL Playoff Scenario? Me, too. So let’s break down the 2010 NFL Playoff Scenarios before we all lose our minds. The AFC is so mixed up that a rocket scientist couldn’t figure the NFL Playoff Picture out even if he borrowed advice from a witch doctor. So with that in mind, please refrain from throwing your pen at the computer screen if something below doesn’t add up in regard to the 2010 NFL Playoff Picture.
Let’s start with the NFC which is much easier to narrow down as far as 2010 NFL Playoff Scenarios.
The Saints have clinched their division title. New Orleans can clinch home field throughout the NFC playoffs with one win or a Vikings loss. The Vikings host Tampa Bay and then play at Carolina. The Vikings will most likely wrap it up this weekend and then take the final week of the season off.
The 2010 NFL Playoff Scenario is easy for the Vikes. Minnesota has clinched the division title. Minnesota can clinch a first round bye with a win or an Eagles loss. That means they most likely won’t be in a wild card game barring a crazy 2 game skid and a Philadelphia surge.
The Eagles Playoff Picture is a bit easier since they have already clinched a Playoff berth. In fact, the Eagles can clinch division title with a win plus a Dallas Cowboys loss. With two games remaining this seems quite likely. Philadelphia hosts Denver this week but they’ve got to play in Dallas the following week. It could be a huge final game for both ball clubs if the 2010 NFL Playoff Scenarios continue to unfold. If the Eagles lose to the Broncos it will certainly stir up the 2010 NFL Playoff Picture and allow the Cowboys an opportunity to sneak away a division title in a head to head showdown.
The 2010 Playoff Picture isn’t set yet for the Cardinals but they’re in thanks to winning the division title. No waiting around but it looks as if they’ll be hosting a Wild Card game in Arizona this year.
The Packers can clinch a playoff spot with a win and a loss by either Dallas or the New York Giants. The Packers host Seattle then travel to Arizona. The Seattle game might be a must win if the Packers want to get into the playoffs. That is, unless Arizona mails it in during the final week.
New York Giants
The Giants can’t win the NFC East. They’re just a game behind Green Bay and Dallas in the wild-card chase. If they catch the Cowboys and tie records then they are in. The Giants hold the head-to-head tiebreaker by sweeping Dallas. So the New York Giants need to win both games and hope the Cowboys lose once in the next two.
Moving on to the AFC where the 2010 Playoff Picture isn’t quite as clear. The 2010 NFL Playoff Scenarios are a bit confusing except for the top seed Indianapolis. The 2010 Playoff Picture has never been this jumbled up late in the season.
The Colts have clinched the division title and the overall number one seed in the AFC playoffs. With their 2010 Playoff Picture set, expect the Colts starters to get a few less minutes unless they decide to chase the undefeated season. Knowing Peyton Manning and how much he seems to love to win I’d say there’s a good chance they’ll do it. The Colts host the Jets and then travel to Buffalo.
The Chargers can clinch a first round bye in the AFC playoffs with just one win or a New England loss. The Chargers next game at Tennessee won’t be easy but they finish with a home date against Washington.
The Patriots can clinch their division title with just one win or a Miami loss.The Pats host Jacksonville and then travel to Houston.
The Bengals can clinch the division title with a win or a Baltimore loss.
According to the NFL.com website, the Broncos will clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win and a loss by Jacksonville, Miami, Pittsburgh and the New York Jets. Is that a crazy enough 2010 NFL Playoff Scenario with 2 weeks remaining? It only gets crazier as we go.
Once again I have to refer to the NFL.com website. The Baltimore Ravens clinch a playoff spot with a win plus 1 Jacksonville loss plus losses by the Jets or Denver, or 2 losses by Miami, New York Jets and Denver.
After losing a heart breaker at Tennessee, the Dolphins now need the Pats to lose twice and they need to sweep both games to win the division. That doesn’t seem too likely in this 2010 NFL Playoff Scenario but never say never.
Other teams needing lots of help: Pittsburgh, New York Jets, Jacksonville. Tennessee and Houston lose many tiebreakers so it’s highly unlikely.
You can find more information on the 2010 NFL Playoff Scenarios here and also view the tie-breaking procedures here.
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