With only three games left of the regular NFL season, fans al over the United States, and indeed the world, are currently in a very tense position. Across a variety of NFL blogs, it can fun to speculate who might clinch a playoff spot and further their chances of winning this season’s Super Bowl. With two teams already confirmed, there are still a number of teams in the hunt for a playoff spot, here take a look at a few of them.
With three games left to spare, there are already two NFL teams who have guaranteed their place in the playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys have had a historic season thanks to the rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dax Prescott who have carried the team, where they enjoyed an unbeaten run for 11 weeks. The cowboys currently lead the NFC East Division, which they’re not guaranteed to win, but all signs seem to be suggesting they will, and they’re guaranteed a playoff spot either way.
In the NFC West Division, the Seattle Seahawks have a 9-4-1 record and are already guaranteed to finish the season as Division winners which also guarantees them a playoff spot. Many pundits are speculating that it could come down to these two teams for the AFC Conference Championship.
New York Giants
The Giants may see their game as Washington Redskins as the one that got away after a narrow loss of 27-29. Despite that loss, New York are in very good shape and they’re the only team to have beaten the Dallas Cowboys, which they’ve done twice. As things stand, the Giants are set to qualify via a Wild Card spot. As they are in the same division as the Cowboys, the Giants can only finish as Division Leaders if they win all their remaining games and the Cowboys lose all of theirs. Based on the overall form of the Cowboys, this is a rather unlikely scenario, but not impossible.
New England Patriots
With an identical 11-2 record as the Dallas Cowboys, the Patriots are leading the AFC Conference and their East Division. Despite missing their top quarterback, Tom Brady, for four weeks following the ‘deflategate scandal’, New England have been in very impressive and look certain to clinch a playoff spot. East Division rivals, Miami Dolphins, are currently in the hunt and could still clinch a Wild Card spot. The Patriots play the Dolphins in the final regular season game on New Year’s Day, and early signs suggest it could be a tight affair.
The AFC West Division is currently one of the tightest in the NFL right now. Oakland Raiders currently have an identical 10-3 record to the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Chiefs have pipped them to second place based on head to head percentage. Oakland are also in the news for reasons off the pitch, as there are plans to move the entire team to Las Vegas, and they would be the first team in history to be based in the Nevada area.