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For one, it makes the Vikings path to a first-round bye much more manageable. The Vikings have to travel to Green Bay on Sunday, and you have to think that their chances of winning just shot up by about percent now that the Packers have decided to shut down Rodgers for the rest of the season.
The other team that could end up feeling some playoff side effects from the Rodgers decision is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are already a long shot to make the postseason their odds just became slightly longer now that Rodgers has been place on IR.
The Bengals were one of four teams who were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15 along with the JetsPackers and Cardinals. Those four now join the Nfl playoff projectionsTexansColtsBroncos Nfl playoff projections, RedskinsBrowns49ers, Bears and Giantswho all managed to get eliminated earlier in the season.
Remember, this is a projection based on how we think the regular season will play out. AFC Playoff Projection Team, projected record after 16 games, strength of schedule listed if in top-five easiest or hardest 1.
PatriotsAFC East champion: With the Steelers out of the way, the Jets and the Bills are now the only things standing in-between the Patriots and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
As you can see from our projection, we have zero faith in either team stopping the Patriots from getting the No. Buffaloat N. SteelersAFC North champion: At HoustonCleveland -- Easiest remaining schedule 3. JaguarsAFC South champion: Due to the Patriots win, the Jaguars now have almost no chance of earning a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Their best chance is to have the Steelers slip-up in one of their final two games, but the Jags should probably stop fantasizing about that because Pittsburgh plays Cleveland and Houston over the final two weeks.
At San Franciscoat Tennessee 4. Chiefs AFC West champion: With one more win this season, the Chiefs will officially clinch the AFC West and then they can officially start pretending that midseason meltdown never happened.
With only the Dolphins and Broncos left on their schedule, we really like their chances of getting that one more win. The only way for the Chiefs NOT to win the division would be if they lost out and the Chargers won out.
According to SportsLine, the Chargers have just a 2. Miamiat Denver 5. Ravenswild card: The rest of the AFC should be rooting against the Ravens over the next two weeks because the one guy who could throw a wrench into the playoffs is "January Joe.
IndianapolisCincinnati -- Third easiest remaining schedule 6. ChargersAFC wild card: If the Titans win either one of the their final two games -- against Jacksonville and the Rams -- then that will almost certainly knock the Chargers out of this spot.
JetsOakland Tiebreakers: In our projection, the Patriots win the tiebreaker for the No. Just missed Bills Based on our projection, that might go down as the worst quarterback decision of all-time because it could end up costing the Bills a playoff spot.
The Chargers victory came back in Week 11 when Peterman threw five interceptions in the first half of a Buffalo loss. If the Chargers, Ravens and Bills all finished inthe Bills would be in and the Chargers would be the odd team out.
At New Englandat Miami Titans According to Sportsline, the Titans are currently the statistical favorite to land the final wild-card spot in the AFC. The computer says that Tennessee has a EaglesNFC East champion: The final week of the season could basically turn into a bye for the Eagles if they can beat the Raiders on Sunday.
A win over Oakland would clinch home-field advantage for Philly, which means coach Doug Pederson could rest his starters in Week The Cowboys would probably appreciate that a lot because they could be playing for a playoff berth at that point.
OaklandDallas 2. VikingsNFC North champion: The Packers gave the Vikings an early Christmas present this week by shutting Aaron Rodgers down for the season.Our NFL Playoff Predictions Quickly Our panel predicts a historic Super Bowl home game for the Vikings, and a tight battle for the AFC title between two powerhouse teams.
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