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Important AFC Games in NFL Week 17
There are five games in the AFC that will help decide the rest of the postseason field. They are:
- Miami at Buffalo (-3)
- Baltimore (-12) at Cincinnati
- Pittsburgh at Cleveland (-9.5)
- Jacksonville at Indianapolis (-14.5)
- Tennessee (-7) at Houston
If Miami beats Buffalo, then it clinches a Wild Card berth. But even if the Bills win, the Dolphins can still make the playoffs if the Ravens, Browns, or Colts lose. It does not need to be all three.
A loss by one of those teams sends Miami to the postseason. As for Buffalo, the No. 2 seed in the AFC is still in play.
The Ravens also get into the playoffs if they win, or the Browns or Colts lose. The Steelers are resting their starters, including Ben Roethlisberger, and if the Browns can beat the Pittsburgh backups, then Cleveland ends its 18-year playoff drought.
If the Titans win, they are in, though they can still get in with a loss. By losing last week, Indianapolis is the only team not in control of its own destiny.
If Indianapolis wins and either the Titans, Ravens, Browns, or Dolphins lose, the Colts are in the playoffs.
Important NFC Games in NFL Week 17
- Dallas (-3) at New York Giants
- Green Bay (-5) at Chicago
- Arizona at Los Angeles Rams (-1.5)
- Seattle (-5) at San Francisco
- New Orleans (-6) at Carolina
- Washington (-1) at Philadelphia
Six of the eight NFC games could impact the playoff bracket, and the NFC East still has three teams that could win it.
A Dallas win and a Washington loss gives the division to the Cowboys. The Giants win the division if they beat Dallas and Washington loses.
Washington, with Taylor Heinicke starting at quarterback, is in control of its own destiny and only needs to beat the Eagles.
The Packers, Saints, and Seahawks all still have a chance at the top seed and the first-round bye. A Green Bay win and the Packers get it.
The Saints get the bye if they win, Green Bay loses, and Seattle wins. The Seahawks get the bye if they win and both Green Bay and New Orleans lose.
The last game of importance is Arizona at the Rams, as an Arizona win puts it in the playoffs. If the Cardinals lose, the Rams are in, as are the Bears. What happens to the Bears in their game against Green Bay does not matter.
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