Week 15 is a very important week in the NFL. Many teams are either trying to secure a spot in the playoffs, fighting for home field advantage or even still trying to sneak their way into a wild card spot. There were eight games this week decided by only one possession and two games decided by just one point.
First, we’ll talk about the AFC playoff picture. In the AFC South, the Houston Texans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-20 and the Tennessee Titans defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 19-17. This keeps the Texans and Titan tied for first place in the division. And the Indianapolis Colts demolished the Vikings, 34-6, to stay one game behind of first in the division.
The New England Patriots clinched the AFC East division and a first-round bye with their 16-3 win over the Denver Broncos. The Miami Dolphins are still fighting for a wild card spot; their 34-13 rout of the Jets kept them as the 6th seed.
In the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers remain ahead of the Baltimore Ravens by one game with both teams winning close contests. These teams face off next week in what looks like a game to decide the division title.
In the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders clinched a playoff spot, thanks to a Kansas City Chiefs loss to the Titans, 19-17, but are only one game ahead the Chiefs. The Chiefs are in a wild card spot right now, along with the Miami Dolphins, but are hoping to sneak their way into home field advantage. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos are all only one game behind in the wild card race.
In the NFC the playoff picture, a couple of teams have clinched playoff spots. The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East with a 26-20 defeat of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The New York Giants are still looking to make a wild card spot with their solid 10-4 record after a 17-6 win over the Detroit Lions. Even with the loss, the Lions remain on top of the AFC North, but the Green Bay Packers are just one game behind after beating the Chicago Bears, 30-27. The Vikings continue to lose, which makes makes it highly unlikely they’ll make the postseason.
In the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons climb to one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after beating the San Francisco 49ers 41-13 win while the Bucs took a loss.
In the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks clinched the division with a 24-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football. It looks as though no other team from this division will be making a wild card spot either.