The NFL Playoff Machine Continues
The NFL playoff machine continues to roll along, with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, and Las Vegas Raiders all atop the list of contenders. While the Cowboys, Giants, Vikings, and Commanders are all off for byes, the Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, and Los Angeles Rams are all on the hunt to make the playoffs, and are all tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for top spot in the AFC.
Los Angeles Rams vs Las Vegas Raiders odds of making the playoffs
The Los Angeles Rams (5-8) and Las Vegas Raiders (5-8) have had an interesting year. Despite the fact that the Raiders have been a solid team this season, they have lost four straight games. This could mean that the Raiders need a miraculous turnaround in order to make the playoffs. However, the Raiders have already blown two straight AFC wild card berths.
The Raiders have had a disappointing season and have gone from a Super Bowl title contender to an AFC cellar dweller. But they have also had some victories, and they have a chance at catching the Jets for the last playoff spot in the AFC. The Jets have a tough closing schedule, but they still have a shot.
Atlanta Falcons trailing just one game behind the Buccaneers
The Falcons have only one game left in the regular season and are just one game behind the Buccaneers for first place in the NFC South. In addition to the Falcons’ dominance in the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons are proving to be the most efficient team in the NFL.
The Falcons used their impressive running and passing games to build a lead in the early part of the fourth quarter. But they lost the ball on their last drive and ended up losing to the Seahawks 27-20.
The first and most obvious reason why the Falcons’ offense is so good is because of quarterback Matt Ryan. He had the best completion percentage in the NFL, and was also tied for the most yards and touchdowns.
Cincinnati Bengals back performing with the AFC’s best
The Cincinnati Bengals are on the verge of a playoff run and have looked like the team that could make the AFC championship game. However, it’s not all rosy. They have won seven of their last eight games but are facing a difficult schedule to close the season. In the end, the team is going to need a couple big wins to put them over the top.
The Bengals need to defeat Pittsburgh and Baltimore and win two out of their final three games. But they don’t need to do it all in one stretch. The AFC isn’t finished yet and they’ve got seven more Sundays.
Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and Washington Commanders have byes
If you’re watching the NFL playoff machine, you’re probably wondering if there are byes in it. Well, there are. And the four teams that hold the lead in their respective divisions are all scheduled to have one.
The Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, and Washington Commanders each have a bye this week, giving their respective teams a chance to rest. The Dallas Cowboys, for example, have been strong as of late, with three wins in their last four games. They can’t catch the one-loss Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, but they can still make it to the postseason.
Pittsburgh Steelers holding serve at home and making the playoffs at 8-8
In order to keep the playoff hopes alive, Pittsburgh needs to win games. If they do, they could finish the season with an 8-8 record, which would be their second-best season since the 2006 Super Bowl run. If they lose a few, they could fall into the.500 mark.
While Pittsburgh has struggled on the road, they have won two of their last three games and have a chance to close out the regular season on a high note. They face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Heinz Field.
The Steelers have been known for stability on the field, but it hasn’t always been easy to find it. This year, they’ve been able to establish stars on both sides of the ball. They’ve also found some intriguing young talent on the offensive side of the ball.
Cleveland Browns vs Tennessee Titans odds of making the playoffs
The Cleveland Browns vs Tennessee Titans odds of making the playoffs are not exactly stellar. But, they are not quite bad either. In fact, they are only a few games out of the AFC playoff picture.
The Browns’ schedule includes four games that will have double implications on their postseason hopes. In fact, they are paired with three playoff contenders. That’s not to say they aren’t tough competition, but the Browns have a chance to secure their spot in the Wild Card round.
In the weeks leading up to the season, the Browns were viewed as one of the top teams in the AFC. But, they haven’t matched up to their AFC counterparts.