2020 NFL Playoff Picture: Here are the 14 teams projected to make the postseason heading into Week 17 – CBS Sports

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With the NFL regular season headed into its final week, you’d think there would be some clarity in the playoff situation, but that simply hasn’t happened.

In the AFC, only three of seven spots have been clinched. Out the three teams that are already in, only one already knows its seeding (the Chiefs), which means the seeding is completely up in the air for the six other spots. In the NFC, there have been four playoff spots clinched, but on the flip side, NO ONE KNOWS WHICH SEED THEY’RE GOING TO BE. All seven spots are still up for grabs, which means Week 17 should be a wild one. 

Since you’re probably wondering who’s going to make the playoffs and where everyone’s going to be seeded, that’s where our projections come in. The projections here are based on data from number-cruncher Stephen Oh of SportsLine.com. Basically, Oh plugged some numbers into his SportsLine computer this week and simulated the rest of the NFL season, and using those numbers, we’re going to let you know the playoff chances for the 26 teams who are still alive, plus the projected 14-team playoff field. 

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If your team has already been eliminated from playoff contention, here’s a mock draft you can read to pass the time. Spoiler alert: That mock draft has five quarterbacks going in the top-15. 

Anyway, for everyone else, let’s get to the projections. 

Note: Remember, this is a projection based on how we think the rest of the regular season will play out. If you want to see the current playoff standings, be sure to click here.

With that in mind, let’s get into it. 

AFC Playoff Projection

First team out: Dolphins 

Officially eliminated: Jets, Jaguars, Chargers, Bengals, Texans, Broncos, Patriots, Raiders

NFC Playoff Projection

First team out: Cardinals (46% chance of getting into the playoffs)

Here’s a list of the playoff chances for all the other NFC teams: Cowboys (26.1%), Giants (23.1%).  

Officially eliminated: Falcons, Lions, Panthers, 49ers, Vikings, Eagles

Note: The Cowboys and Giants are still alive because they have a shot of winning the NFC East. 

Wild-card round projection


(7) Colts at (2) Bills
(6) Browns at (3) Steelers
(5) Ravens at (4) Titans

Bye: Chiefs 


(7) Bears at (2) Saints
(6) Rams at (3) Seahawks
(5) Buccaneers at (4) Washington

Bye: Packers

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