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2016 NFL Playoff Picture For Week 14

by Demarus Dye|Fox Sports 1340am

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As we inch closer & closer to the 2017 NFL Postseason, Fox Sports 1340am Presents the 2016 NFL Playoff Picture, this week as we head into week 14. If the playoffs started today here are a few of the scenarios. (In parentheses is the wins, losses & in italic games still to play vs. teams in the playoff hunt). This Week we have each team that is in Top LB/Pass Rusher via picture this week.


Oakland Raiders 10-2; 7-1 Conference Record (Wins: @ Saints, @ Titans, @ Ravens, vs. Chargers, @ Buccaneers, vs. Broncos, vs. Texans, vs. Bills.  Losses: vs. Falcons, vs. Chiefs. Still to Play: @ Chiefs, @ Chargers, vs. Colts, @ Broncos)

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Raiders Left Defensive End Khalil Mack

Oakland clinches a playoff berth with:

  1. OAK win + MIA loss or tie OR
  2. OAK win + DEN loss OR
  3. Raiders tie + MIA loss + BAL loss or tie OR
  4. Raiders tie + MIA loss + PIT loss or tie

New England Patriots 10-2; 7-1 Conference Record (Wins: @ Cardinals, vs. Dolphins, vs. Texans, @ Steelers, @ Bills. Losses: vs. Bills, vs. Seahawks. Still to Play: vs. Ravens, @ Broncos, @ Dolphins)

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Patriots Strongside Linebacker Dont’a Hightower

New England clinches AFC East division with:

  1. NE win + MIA loss or tie OR
  2. NE tie + MIA loss

New England clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. NE win + MIA loss or tie + PIT loss or tie

Baltimore Ravens 7-5; 7-2 Conference Record (Wins: vs. Bills, vs. Steelers, vs. Dolphins. Losses: vs. Raiders, vs. Redskins, @ Giants, @ Cowboys. Still to Play: @ Patriots, vs. Eagles, @ Steelers)

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Ravens Left Outside Linebacker Terrell Suggs

Houston Texans 6-6; 4-4 Conference Record (Wins: vs. Chiefs, vs. Titans, vs. Colts, vs. Lions. Losses: @ Patriots, @ Vikings, @ Broncos, @ Raiders, vs. Chargers, @ Packers.  Still to Play: @ Colts, @ Titans)

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Texans Left Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney

Kansas City Chiefs 9-3; 6-2 Conference Record (Wins: vs. Chargers, @ Raiders, vs. Saints, @ Colts, @ Broncos, at Falcons.  Losses: @Texans, @ Steelers, vs. Buccaneers.  Still to Play: vs. Raiders, vs. Titans, vs. Broncos, at Chargers)

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Chiefs Left Outside Linebacker Justin Houston

Denver Broncos 8-4; 5-3 Conference Record(Wins: vs. Colts, @Buccaneers, vs. Texans, vs. Chargers, @ Saints. Losses: vs. Falcons, @ Chargers, @ Raiders, vs. Chiefs. Still to Play: @ Titans, vs. Patriots, @ Chiefs, vs. Raiders)

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Broncos Right Outside Linebacker Von Miller

In the Hunt:

Miami Dolphins 7-5; 5-4 Conference Record(Wins: vs. Steelers, vs. Dolphins, @ Chargers.  Losses: @ Seahawks, @ Patriots, vs. Titans, @ Ravens. Still to Play: vs. Cardinals, @ Bills, vs. Patriots)

Pittsburgh Steelers 7-5; 5-3 Conference Record(Wins: @ Redskins, vs. Chiefs, @ Colts, vs. Giants. Losses: @ Eagles, @ Dolphins, vs. Patriots, @ Ravens, vs. Cowboys. Still to Play: @ Bills, vs. Ravens)

Indianapolis Colts 6-6; 4-5 Conference Record(Wins: vs. Chargers, @ Titans & vs. Titans, @ Packers.  Losses: vs. Lions, @ Broncos, @ Texans, vs. Chiefs, vs. Steelers.  Still to Play: vs. Texans, @ Vikings, @Raiders)

Buffalo Bills 6-6; 3-5 Conference Record(Wins: vs. Cardinals, @ Patriots. Losses: @ Ravens, @ Dolphins, @ Patriots, @ Seahawks, @ Raiders.  Still to Play: vs. Steelers, vs. Dolphins)

Tennessee Titans 6-6; 3-5 Conference Record(Wins: @ Lions, @ Dolphins, vs. Packers. Losses: vs. Vikings, vs. Raiders, @ Texans, @ Colts & vs. Colts, @ Chargers.  Still to Play: vs. Broncos, @ Chiefs, vs. Texans)

San Diego Chargers 5-7; 4-5 Conference Record(Wins: vs. Broncos, @ Falcons, vs. Titans, @ Texans.  Losses: @ Chiefs, @ Colts, vs. Saints, @ Raiders, @ Broncos, vs. Dolphins, vs. Buccaneers. Still to Play: vs. Raiders, vs. Chiefs)

Wild Cards Match-ups (if the Playoffs started today)

6 Denver Broncos vs. 3 Baltimore Ravens

5 Kansas City Chiefs vs. 4 Houston Texans

1  Oakland & 2 New England has 1st Round Bye


1 Dallas Cowboys 11-1; 7-1 Conference Record(Wins: @ Redskins & vs. Redskins, @ Packers, vs. Eagles @Steelers, vs. Ravens, @ Vikings.  Losses: vs. Giants. Still to Play: @ Giants, vs. Buccaneers, vs. Lions, @ Eagles)

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Cowboys Weakside Linebacker Sean Lee


CLINCHED: Playoff berth

Dallas clinches NFC East division with:

  1. DAL win

Dallas clinches a first-round bye with:

  1. DAL win + DET loss or tie OR
  2. DAL win + SEA loss

Dallas clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. DAL win + DET loss or tie + SEA loss

Seattle Seahawks 8-3-1; 4-3-1 Conference Record(Wins: vs. Dolphins, vs. Falcons, vs. Bills, @ Patriots, vs. Eagles. Losses: @ Saints, @ Buccaneers. Tie: @ Cardinals. Still to Play: @ Packers, vs. Cardinals)

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Seahawks Middle Linebacker Bobby Wagner

Seattle clinches NFC West division with:

  1. SEA win + AZ loss or tie OR
  2. SEA tie + AZ loss

Detroit Lions 8-4; 6-2 Conference Record(Wins: @ Colts, vs. Eagles, vs. Redskins, @ Vikings & vs. Vikings, @ Saints. Losses: vs. Titans, @ Packers, @ Texans.  Still to Play: @ Giants, @ Cowboys, vs. Packers)

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Lions Left Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata

Atlanta Falcons 7-5; 5-3 Conference Record(Wins: @ Raiders, @ Saints, @ Broncos,  vs. Packers, @ Buccaneers, vs. Cardinals.  Losses: @ Buccaneers, @ Seahawks, vs. Chargers, @ Eagles, vs. Chiefs. Still to Play: vs. Saints)

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Falcons Weakside Linebacker Vic Beasley Jr

New York Giants 8-4; 5-3 Conference Record(Wins: @ Cowboys, vs. Saints, vs. Ravens, vs. Eagles. Losses: vs. Redskins, @ Vikings, @ Packers, @ Steelers. Still to Play: vs. Cowboys, vs. Lions, @ Eagles, @ Redskins)

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Giants Left Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul(Injured)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-5; 5-3 Conference Record(Wins: @ Falcons, @ Chiefs, vs. Seahawks, @ Chargers. Losses: @ Cardinals, vs. Broncos, vs. Raiders, vs. Falcons. Still to Play: vs. Saints, @ Cowboys, @ Saints)

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Buccaneers Left Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy

In the Hunt:

Washington Redskins 6-5-1; 4-4 Conference Record(Wins: @ Giants, @ Ravens, vs. Eagles, vs. Vikings, vs. Packers. Losses: vs. Steelers, vs. Cowboys & @ Cowboys, @ Lions, @ Cardinals.  Still to Play: @ Eagles, vs. Giants)

Minnesota Vikings 6-6; 4-6 Conference Record(Wins: @ Titans, vs. Packers, vs. Giants, vs. Texans, vs. Cardinals. Losses: @ Eagles, vs. Lions & @ Lions, @ Redskins, vs. Cowboys. Still to Play: vs. Colts, @ Packers)

Green Bay Packers 6-6; 4-4 Conference Record(Wins: vs. Lions, vs. Giants, @ Eagles, vs. Texans. Losses: @ Vikings, vs. Cowboys, @ Falcons, vs. Colts, @ Titans, vs. Redskins. Still to Play: vs. Seahawks, vs. Vikings, @ Lions)

Arizona Cardinals 5-6-1; 4-4-1 Conference Record(Wins: vs. Buccaneers, vs. Redskins. Losses: vs. Patriots, @ Bills, @ Vikings, @ Falcons.  Tie: vs. Seahawks. Still to Play: @ Dolphins, vs. Saints, @ Seahawks)

New Orleans Saints 5-7; 4-4 Conference Record(Wins: @ Chargers, vs. Seahawks. Losses: vs. Raiders, @ Giants, @ Falcons, @ Chiefs, vs. Broncos, vs. Lions.  Still to Play: @ Buccaneers, @ Cardinals, vs. Buccaneers, @ Falcons)

Philadelphia Eagles 5-7; 3-6 Conference Record(Wins: vs. Steelers, vs. Vikings, vs. Falcons. Losses: @ Lions, @ Redskins, @ Cowboys, @ Giants,  @ Seahawks, vs. Packers. Still to Play: vs. Redskins, @ Ravens, vs. Giants, vs. Cowboys)

Wild Cards Match-ups (if the Playoffs started today)

6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. 3 Detroit Lions

5 New York Giants vs. 4 Atlanta Falcons

1 Dallas & 2 Seattle has 1st Round Bye


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