NFL 2022 Week 16 playoff scenarios: Bills could win the AFC East and the Eagles could clinch the top seed
NFL 2022 Week 16 playoff scenarios: Bills could win the AFC East and the Eagles could clinch the top seed, The Eagles have already secured a spot in the postseason, and the right set of outcomes this week could end the competition for the NFC’s top seed.
The Eagles will clinch the NFC East and the top seed in the conference if they defeat the Cowboys. It would be much simpler to give quarterback Jalen Hurts time to rest his sprained shoulder before the playoffs if they received the only bye in the conference. The Eagles would clinch the division if the Cowboys and Eagles tie, and they would remain the top seed if the Vikings fell to the Giants.
The Vikings have already decided upon the NFC North, the 49ers have agreed upon the NFC West, and the Cowboys has already decided upon a playoff spot. Only the Giants have a chance to clinch this weekend in the NFC. To achieve that, they must defeat the Vikings and hope that the Commanders and Lions, Commanders and Seahawks, or Seahawks and Lions lose.
The Bills will clinch the AFC East and a playoff spot in the AFC by defeating or drawing the Bears. The Dolphins would also win the division if they suffered a loss or tie.
The Bengals can clinch a playoff spot with a win or tie against the Patriots, and the Jets will also be guaranteed a playoff spot if they lose or tie against the Jaguars on Thursday night.
This weekend, the Chargers and Baltimore can also lock up playoff berths. The most straightforward scenario for the Ravens would be a victory while at least two of the Jets, Dolphins, and Patriots lose or tie their games. The Raiders, Patriots, Jets, and Dolphins all need to win or tie for the Chargers to succeed.