Predicting the 2014 NFL Playoffs Bracket as of Week 16

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Predicting the 2014 NFL Playoffs Bracket Heading into Week 16

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NFL week 15 is now in the books, which means the playoff picture is becoming more and more clear. We finally have a good amount of teams officially in the race, but there are still many more spots yet to be determined. As of the end of week 15, the following teams have officially clinched playoff berths: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.

So with four teams set, we still have eight berths to go. As per usual, the Wild Card spots have a lot of different scenarios for three of the four berths, while a couple of division races are far from sewn up as well.

One team that I don't have projected to make the playoffs? The Baltimore Ravens. The defending champs have shown a tremendous amount of heart this season, but their schedule just doesn't stack up favorably over the final two games. They have dates with the Patriots and Bengals in the last two weeks and they can't afford to lose either game. On top of that, the other main team in they're in contention with, controls their own destiny.

The NFC isn't all but locked up by any means, but the NFC North and East division races are more uncertain than the Wild Card spots at this point. In theory, it's supposed to be the other way around, but it looks like it's the divisional races that will go down to the final day and not the Wild Card races.

So it's with all of this information in mind, that we'll take a look at the projected playoff bracket as of the completion of week 15:

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AFC #1 - Denver Broncos

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The Broncos control their own destiny. Win out = No. 1 seed in the AFC.

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AFC #2 - New England Patriots

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Can the Patriots hang on to the No. 2 spot without Gronk in the final two weeks?

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AFC #3 - Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals have been inconsistent as all get out this year. Can they lock things up in weeks 16 and 17?

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AFC #4 - Indianapolis Colts

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I just don't see the Colts making any noise this January.

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AFC #5 - Kansas City Chiefs

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What a season it's been for KC. If things pan out, they'll likely be headed to Indy for a very winnable Wild Card round game.

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AFC #6 - Miami Dolphins

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The reason the Dolphins are likely to get in? They play the Bills and Jets to finish 2013.

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NFC #1 - Seattle Seahawks

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Are the Seahawks the favorites to win it all? I like their chances with home field advantage.

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NFC #2 - New Orleans Saints

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If the Saints knock off the Panthers on the road in week 16, they'll no doubt be deserving of the No. 2 spot in the NFC.

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NFC #3 - Chicago Bears

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The Lions apparently didn't want to win the NFC North, so the Bears will have no problem taking their place.

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NFC #4 - Philadelphia Eagles

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Will someone please win the NFC East. Can the Eagles put the Cowboys out of their misery?

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NFC #5 - San Francisco 49ers

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No one is talking about the 49ers, but they should be.

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NFC #6 - Carolina Panthers

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The Panthers have made leaps and bounds this season. Can they make some noise in the playoffs to really cap it off? Maybe.

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Projected Wild Card Round Matchups

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AFC Wild Card Round Matchup

#6 Miami Dolphins at #3 Cincinnati Bengals

#5 Kansas City Chiefs at #4 Indianapolis Colts

NFC Wild Card Round Matchup

#6 Carolina Panthers at #3 Chicago Bears

#5 San Francisco 49ers at #4 Philadelphia Eagles

 

 


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