2018 NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 15

Russell S. Baxter

2018 NFL PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 15

NFC

CLINCHED: Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title

               New Orleans Saints – NFC South division title    

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-2) (at Carolina (6-7), Monday night, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN)

New Orleans clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. NO win + CHI loss or tie OR

  2. NO tie + CHI loss

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-2) (vs. Philadelphia (6-7), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Los Angeles clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. LAR win + CHI loss or tie OR

  2. LAR tie + CHI loss

CHICAGO BEARS (9-4) (vs. Green Bay (5-7-1), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Chicago clinches NFC North division title with:

  1. CHI win OR

  2. MIN loss OR

  3. CHI tie + MIN tie

Chicago clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. CHI tie OR

  2. WAS loss or tie

DALLAS COWBOYS (8-5) (at Indianapolis (7-6), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. DAL win OR

  2. DAL tie + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie OR

  3. PHI loss + WAS loss

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (8-5) (at San Francisco (3-10), Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, FOX)

Seattle clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. SEA win OR

  2. SEA tie + MIN loss + CAR loss or tie OR

  3. SEA tie + MIN loss + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie OR

  4. SEA tie + CAR loss or tie + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie

AFC

CLINCHED: Kansas City Chiefs – Playoff berth

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-2) (vs. Los Angeles Chargers (10-3), Thursday night, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon)

Kansas City clinches AFC West division title and a first-round bye with:

  1. KC win

Kansas City clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:

  1. KC win + NE loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-4) (at Pittsburgh (7-5-1), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

  1. NE win + MIA loss or tie OR

  2. NE tie + MIA loss

New England clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. NE win + TEN loss or tie OR

  2. NE tie + BAL loss + TEN loss + IND loss or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS (9-4) (at New York Jets (4-9), Saturday, 4:30 PM ET, NFL Network)

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. HOU win + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie OR

  2. HOU tie + IND loss + TEN loss

Houston clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. HOU win + MIA loss or tie + PIT loss OR

  2. HOU win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR

  3. HOU tie + IND loss or tie + BAL loss + MIA loss OR

  4. HOU tie + IND loss or tie + PIT loss + BAL loss + MIA tie OR

  5. HOU tie + IND loss or tie + PIT loss + BAL win + MIA loss OR

  6. HOU tie + TEN loss or tie + BAL loss + MIA loss OR

  7. HOU tie + TEN loss or tie + PIT loss + BAL loss + MIA tie OR

  8. HOU tie + TEN loss or tie + PIT loss + BAL win + MIA loss

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (10-3) (at Kansas City (11-2), Thursday night, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon)

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. LAC win or tie OR

  2. MIA loss or tie + PIT loss OR

  3. MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie OR

  4. MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie OR

  5. PIT loss + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie OR

  6. BAL loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

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