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Playoff positioning and guessing who we'll meet in the Divisional Playoffs

After 10 wins and a 3-game lead over the rest of the AFC, I thought it made sense to take a look at the playoff picture.

Assuming there are no massive surprises over the next few weeks, I think we can get a decent idea of how things will shake out.

 

 

We probably need 3 more wins to lock up HFA throughout the playoffs. Although... the Jets and Steelers each have 7 wins (and we play them both), so if either of these teams win out we'll actually need 4 wins to guarantee HFA.

However...  the chance of either of these teams winning their next 6 is low.  It may very well be that no division winner other than us will have a record better than 11-5.

We have 3 easy games on our schedule...  Lions, Texans, and Browns.  Realistically speaking, HFA is ours.

Now, here is the seeding diagram for the playoffs...

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As Division seed #1, we would host the lowest seeded winner of the first round.  Assuming that current division leaders hold on to their divisions, and assuming one or both of the wild-card teams win in the first round of the playoffs, we'll end up facing one of the following 4 potential WC teams...  Ravens, Patriots, Colts, Dolphins.  

Who would you like to face most?  Who gives us the greatest matchup advantage?

 

 

 

 

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