2018 NFL Playoff Scenarios for Week 15

With the NFL season winding down, some teams are fighting for their playoff lives, while others are fighting for seeding.

Here are some playoffs scenarios for Week 15 in the NFL:

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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Ray Lewis talks battles with Steelers HOF center Dermontti Dawson(Video)

Hall of Famer Ray Lewis had many battles on the field throughout his career, especially in his own division. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens hate each other, and it showed on the field. For Lewis and the Ravens to have success, they had to go through the Steelers.

Earlier in his career, Lewis had many battles with former Steelers Hall of Fame center Dermontti Dawson. Last Sunday, at the Enrishnees’ Roundtable in Canton, OH., Lewis discussed what it took to play against Dawson and how it helped him to become a better player:

Take a listen:

 

Anquan Boldin on returning to NFL: ‘If I wanted to, I know I could'(VIDEO)

When Anquan Boldin retired from the NFL last August, two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills, the goal for Boldin was to do more work in his community.

Recently, the Bills released Boldin from the retired list. Now, if Boldin decides to play again, he can sign with any team he chooses.

Boldin, 37, believes he can still play in the NFL.

“If I wanted to, I know I could,” Boldin said about returning to the NFL.

We caught up with Boldin at Torrey Smith’s Family Fund Charity Basketball game in Baltimore.

He discussed a wide range of things, including what he is up to now, his thoughts on Michael Crabtree to the Ravens, and what happened after the Super Bowl 47 with him and the Ravens.

Take a listen:

 

Tyrod Taylor: ‘I’ll let my game speak for itself'(Watch)

Newly acquired Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor broke the playoff drought in Buffalo and is looking to do the same in Cleveland.

Taylor, who led the Bills to the playoffs last season for the first time in 18 years, was recently traded to the Browns for a draft pick.

According to Browns head coach Hue Jackson, Taylor will be the starter on opening day for Cleveland.

Taylor is very confident in his ability and very confident in what he brings to the table.

We caught up with Taylor at the 7th annual Torrey Smith Family Fund Charity Basketball game in Baltimore on Saturday night.

Take a listen as Taylor talks playing in the AFC North, moving on from Buffalo, his belief that he can take Cleveland to the playoffs, and more:

 

 

Bills celebrate after making the playoffs(video)

It’s been a long time since the Buffalo Bills have made the playoffs. The Bills have not been in the playoffs since 1999.

After beating the Dolphins on Sunday, the Bills needed some help.

Well, help was on the way in the form of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bills needed the Bengals to beat the Ravens, and they did.

Here is how it looked in the Bills’ locker room after the Bengals beat the Ravens:

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Ray Lewis and Shannon Sharpe debate possibility of Colin Kaepernick to Ravens

Yesterday, at a fan forum in Baltimore, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said the team has spoken to former Ravens star Ray Lewis about the possibility of signing free agent QB Colin Kaepernick.

The 29-year-old quarterback is said to be interested in joining the team.

Today, on FS1’s Undisputed, former Ravens stars Ray Lewis and Shannon Sharpe discussed the possibility of Kaepernick to Baltimore. Lewis does not really give a direct answer on Kaepernick, but it’s a good debate.

Take a listen:

 

Report: Ravens had “direct discussions” with Kaepernick; may bring in RGIII for workout

Free agent QB Colin Kaepernick to the Ravens looks like it still could be a possibility. According to the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec, team president Dick Cass has had “direct discussions” with Kaepernick, and the 29-year-old quarterback is interested in joining the team. 

The Ravens brought in Arena League QB David Olson after Ravens QB Joe Flacco went down with a back injury.  Currently, Ryan Mallett is Flacco’s backup.  The team may also bring in free agent QB Robert Griffin III for a workout, according to Zrebiec.

Should be interesting to see what the Ravens decide to do with their quarterback situation. 

Report: Colin Kaepernick interested in playing for Ravens

On Thursday, after it was announced that Ravens QB Joe Flacco would miss some time with a back injury, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens had some interest in free agent QB Colin Kaepernick. However, on Friday,  the team signed arena league QB David Olson.  At this point, it seems Kaepernick to the Ravens will not happen.

According to the NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Kaepernick is interested in joining the Ravens. Kaepernick, who was coached by John Harbaugh’s brother Jim in San Francisco, has a relationship with John Harbaugh.  The two have spoken this offseason, according to John Harbaugh.

In addition, Flacco seems okay with it:

“I would like to see Colin get back in [the NFL], and at some point, maybe get another shot [to be a starter]. I wouldn’t like that to be here. I do not want him to get another shot [to be a starter] here, but yes, he can come here and have some fun. I think it would be a good spot for him,” Flacco said at a press conference on Friday.

Maybe this could happen. The Ravens current backup QB Ryan Mallett reportedly had an awful day at practice on Friday, so Baltimore might need an upgrade.

We’ll see…..

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Report: Jeremy Maclin to Ravens

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Baltimore Ravens are expected to sign WR Jeremy Maclin to a 2-year contract. Maclin, 29, who was waived by the Chiefs earlier this month, should help the Ravens offense next season.

No word on how much the contract is worth.