AFC Playoff Picture
The final week of the 2019 NFL regular season is upon us and unlike prior years, there's still a lot of unknowns when it comes to the AFC Playoff picture.
Here's what we do know:
The Baltimore Ravens won the AFC North and the first seed in the AFC, giving them home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs and a first round bye. Baltimore plays the Steelers (still in the hunt) but will reportedly rest all of their starters including MVP candidate Lamar Jackson.
The following four teams have all secured a playoff spot:
Houston Texans: AFC South Champions
Kansas City Chiefs: AFC West Champions
New England Patriots: AFC East Champions
Buffalo Bills: AFC Wild Card
But as for the seeding in the AFC and which other team will earn a first round bye like the Ravens, that is still unknown. We also don't know who else will earn the second wildcard spot alongside the Buffalo Bills.
Here's the full breakdown:
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-4) vs. L.A. Chargers (5-10:
Kansas City clinches a first-round bye with a win and Patriots loss.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-3) vs. Miami (4-11):
New England clinches a first-round bye with a win or tie or if the Chiefs lose or tie.
OAKLAND RAIDERS (7-8) at Denver (6-9):
Oakland clinches a playoff berth with a win and Steelers loss plus Titans loss plus Colts win and Raiders clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over Steelers. In order to beat out the Steelers in strength-of-victory tiebreaker over Steelers, the Raiders need ONE of the following teams win or tie:Bears, Lions, Chargers, Patriots.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-7) at Baltimore (13-2):
Pittsburgh clinches a playoff berth with a win/tie and Titans loss/tie or Titans loss plus Colts win plus Raiders loss/tie or Titans loss plus Colts win plus Steelers beat out Raiders in strength of schedule tie breaker which requires a win from the Vikings, Packers, Chiefs, or Dolphins.
- TENNESSEE TITANS (8-7) at Houston (10-5):
Tennessee clinches a playoff berth with a win or a tie and Steelers loss/tie or a Steelers loss plus a Colts loss/tie.
Which team are you hoping gets the Number Two seed in the AFC? Think anyone can beat the Ravens or are they a lock for the Super Bowl? Make your predictions in the comments below.