NFL Week 18 playoff clinching scenarios: What remaining teams need to do to reach postseason

1/9/2022 3:00:00 PM

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Three playoff spots remain up for grabs in the final week of the NFL regular-season, as do two division titles and the top seed in the AFC.

AFC Clinched: Cincinnati Bengals – AFC North, Kansas City Chiefs – AFC West, Tennessee Titans – AFC South division title, Buffalo Bills – playoff berth, New England Patriots – playoff berth Baltimore Ravens (8-8) [vs.The Draft Network Photo: Gary A.(CNN)The NFL season has never been bigger.QUARTERBACKS Start: Kirk Cousins vs.

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1), Sunday, 1:00 p.m.Week 18 is truly unprecedented in NFL history and should lead to an entertaining weekend of football.ET] Ravens clinch playoff berth with: 1.As a result, there's an additional game for players to pile up stats, presenting them with the opportunity to break all-time, single-season NFL records.Ravens win + Chargers loss + Colts loss + Dolphins loss or tie Buffalo Bills (10-6) [vs.The AFC West primetime showdown between the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders qualifies as the single most important game this weekend, with the winner guaranteed to earn a playoff berth.New York Jets (4-12), Sunday, 4:25 p.7 passing yards.

m.A win over the Houston Texans would guarantee Tennessee a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.The 28-year-old wide receiver is enjoying a breakout year as he helps the LA Rams towards the playoffs.ET] Bills clinch AFC East division title with: 1.Bills win OR 3.A Colts loss would potentially open the door for the Pittsburgh Steelers and/or Baltimore Ravens.Bills tie + Patriots tie Indianapolis Colts (9-7) [at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14), Sunday, 1:00 p.Kupp is also just 12 catches away from breaking Michael Thomas' single-season catch record of 149 which he set in 2019.m.In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints' playoff hopes hinge upon their ability to secure a victory while wishing upon a San Francisco 49ers loss.LAC, Trey Lance at LAR Sit: Ryan Tannehill at HOU I was tempted to include bigger names who may not play the full game, but that seemed too easy.

ET] Colts clinch playoff berth with: 1.Colts win or tie OR 2.JUSTIN HERBERT THROWS 4 TDS; BLOWS OUT RAIDERS As teased in the introduction, the largest contest of the week was rescheduled for primetime and will see two storied AFC West rivals battle for the final playoff spot in the AFC."We're in a new age of football here," Kupp told ESPN.Chargers loss + Steelers-Ravens tie OR 3.Chargers loss + Steelers loss + Dolphins win Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) [at Denver Broncos (7-9), Saturday, 4:30 p.This is a game that carries a monumental amount of importance and ultimately represents an opportunity for Chargers franchise quarterback Justin Herbert to shine brightest.m.It wouldn't hold the same weight to me as it does for guys that have done that in a 16-game season and the accomplishments those guys had, and the seasons they put together.Don’t be fooled into thinking Tannehill is a good, cheap option against the Texans.

ET] Chiefs clinch AFC's No.He'll now take the field in the biggest showcase of his young career with a chance to propel his Chargers to their first postseason berth since 2018.1 seed with: 1.Titans loss or tie Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) [vs.Look for Herbert to embarrass the Raiders' defense by tossing for four touchdowns en route to a comfortable and convincing Chargers victory."Defensive opportunitiesTwo of the NFL's most prestigious defensive records also have a chance to tumble in Week 18.Los Angeles Chargers (9-7), Sunday, 8:20 p.m.A difficult and tricky match against the Rams—who will be playing to clinch the NFC West division title—looms large.After all, they have the leg up on the Patriots, who could lose to the Dolphins… just kidding.

ET] Raiders clinch playoff berth with: 1.5 when Hall of Famer Brett Favre fell before him at the end of the game with the Green Bay Packers leading by nine points.Raiders win OR 2.Rams head coach Sean McVay understandably won't be doing the 49ers any favors in what qualifies as a massive spot for both franchises.Raiders tie + Colts loss OR 3.Colts loss + Steelers loss or tie Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) [at Las Vegas Raiders (9-7), Sunday, 8:20 PM ET] Chargers clinch playoff berth with: 1.Should the 49ers fail to secure a trip to the postseason by defeating the Rams, Sean Payton's New Orleans Saints could leapfrog San Francisco for the final playoff spot with a victory over the disappointing Atlanta Falcons.Watt has a chance to break the 21-year-old record.Chargers win or tie New England Patriots (10-6) [at Miami Dolphins (8-8), Sunday, 4:25 p.This game is set up perfectly for another huge week from Singletary, even if he’s benched halfway through.

m.New Orleans should receive an opportunity to shatter the hearts of the 49ers faithful.ET] Patriots clinch AFC East division title with: 1.It means 27-year-old Watt needs just 1.Patriots win + Bills loss or tie OR 2.RAVENS Sunday's scenes from Heinz Field were truly special and historic as longtime Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger likely played his final game in front of Pittsburgh's passionate and rambunctious home crowd.Patriots tie + Bills loss Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7-1) [at Baltimore Ravens (8-8), Sunday, 1:00 p.m.Roethlisberger will get at least one final opportunity to suit up as a Steeler in Pittsburgh's regular-season finale against their heated rival Baltimore Ravens.Watt celebrates after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.Not so fast, my friend! Are we sure Freeman is even *looks around* good? He’s been wildly inconsistent as Baltimore’s primary back.

ET] Steelers clinch playoff berth with: 1.Steelers win + Colts loss + Chargers-Raiders game does not end in a tie Tennessee Titans (11-5) [at Houston Texans (4-12), Sunday, 1:00 p.Although we're not bold enough to forecast a Steelers playoff berth, we do foresee an excellent Roethlisberger performance against a horrid and injury-riddled Ravens secondary.m.You start chasing and all that stuff.ET] Titans clinches AFC's No.7 passing yards per contest and have been truly embarrassed in recent weeks.1 seed with: 1.Freeman has been better with Lamar Jackson, so perhaps he gets a boost when Jackson returns.

Titans win NFC Clinched: Green Bay Packers – NFC North + No.Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh's passing offense have struggled throughout 2021 but should have every opportunity to take advantage of a wounded and underperforming Ravens secondary.So I'm not really looking at goals like that anymore, just trying to be a game-wrecker.1 seed, Dallas Cowboys – NFC East, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – NFC South, Arizona Cardinals – playoff berth, Los Angeles Rams – playoff berth, Philadelphia Eagles -– playoff berth Arizona Cardinals (11-5) [vs.Seattle Seahawks (6-10), Sunday, 4:25 p.Written By: Justin Melo Staff Writer Justin Melo is an NFL draft analyst that cut his teeth at The Draft Breakdown and USA Today's Draft Wire.m.Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs has an outside chance to match or break the all-time interception record but would need an extraordinary performance on Sunday.ET] Cardinals clinch NFC West division title with: 1.He also covers the Tennessee Titans nationally for Broadway Sports Media and SB Nation.That could translate to a negative game script for Jacksonville.

Cardinals win + Rams loss Los Angeles Rams (12-4) [vs.San Francisco (9-7), Sunday, 4:25 p.Rookies bursting onto the scenePlayers entering the NFL from college have become more able to adapt to the professional game as they have arrived more prepared with the evolution of the college game.m.ET] Rams clinch NFC West division title with: 1.Rams win or tie OR 2.Chase celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.02 points.

Cardinals loss or tie New Orleans Saints (8-8) [at Atlanta Falcons (7-9), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.ET, FOX] Saints clinch playoff berth with: 1.5 sacks away from Jevon Kearse's rookie sack record of 14.Saints win + 49ers loss San Francisco 49ers (9-7) [at Los Angeles Rams (12-4), Sunday, 4:25 p.m.GB Sit: Terry McLaurin at NYG After starting the season on the Terry McLaurin hype train (yikes), I’ve done a complete 180 in the last couple of weeks.

ET] 49ers clinch playoff berth with: 1.And with just one game left, Pitts needs just 59 yards to pass Mike Ditka's rookie receiving record for a tight end of 1,076 yards set in 1961.49ers win or tie OR 2.Saints loss or tie.

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