NFL Playoff Picture

by ASA, Inc.

Wednesday, Dec 29, 2021
Who’s getting in?
First off, the AFC is an absolute mess. The Chargers, Raiders, Ravens, Steelers, Browns, and Broncos are all on the outside looking in. The good part is any of those teams have the ability to squeeze in with two wins and some help over the final weeks. The bad part is that all of those same teams seem to be trending in the wrong direction. The only teams to even win a game the past two weeks are the Raiders (2-0) and the Steelers (1-1). Miami holds the last AFC playoff spot riding a seven game win streak into the home stretch. The Dolphins do play the Titans and Pats to end the year however, so one spot will be up for grabs between seven teams. 
The NFC is much cleaner due to the top heavy five teams (GB, DAL, LAR, TB, ARI) that all have 10+ wins so far. San Francisco and Philly hold the final two playoff tickets with only the Vikings looking to play spoiler. We should mention that the Falcons and Saints are somehow still hanging around at 7-8, but they reek of fraudulence. 
Who could take out the favorites? 
Kansas City is back to dominance and in back to back years their biggest threat remains the Bills. No other AFC quarterback is on the same level as Patrick Mahomes besides Josh Allen. The Bills are finding a rhythm on offense and you get the feeling that Josh Allen is determined to take the next step after disappointment the past two years. Buffalo also sports the number one ranking passing defense allowing just 173 yards per game to opponents. If anyone can contain the Chiefs track team, it would be Sean McDermott’s defense. 
The Packers have snuck by the struggling Ravens and Browns the past two weeks and have been bailed out by their defense in both contests. Even so, Aaron Rodgers has still played like his MVP self and has a history of beating both the Rams and the Cowboys when the season is on the line. Tampa Bay will not be afraid to travel into Lambeau again and play physical press man defense. The loss of Chris Godwin (torn ACL) hurts but TB12 will be just fine with Mike Evans, Gronk, Antonio Brown, and Leonard Fournette hopefully back for the playoffs.  

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