NFL Week 18 Key Games for Playoff Scenarios

NFL Week 18 Key Games for Playoff Scenarios - The Ballers Bank

The NFL regular season is coming to an end and there are a few games to keep an eye on for the last week. These games have direct implications for playoffs and seeding.

Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars- This game is for the AFC South title. The Jags can still make the Wild Card with a loss but they would need the Patriots, Dolphins, and Steelers to lose. The Titans will be starting Joshua Dobbs again and will need to win out right to make the playoffs. 

New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills- Even if the Chiefs clinch the No. 1 seed with a win on Saturday, the Bills still want the No. 2 seed and to host a potential divisional round game against the Bengals. They clinch the second seed with a win or Bengals loss. The Patriots clinch a wild-card spot with a win. They still have an outside shot at a wild-card spot if they lose. New England would then need the Dolphins and Steelers to lose, and the Jaguars to win and clinch the AFC South

New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins- The Dolphins need a win to have any chance at playoffs. This will be a battle of backup QBs with Joe Flacco and rookie Skylar Thompson starting for each team. Miami also needs the Patriots to lose to the Bills.

Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers- The 49ers can still get the No. 1, 2 or 3 seed. If the Eagles lose and the 49ers win, San Francisco takes the top seed and the bye. If the Eagles win, the 49ers are the No. 2 seed with a win or a Vikings loss. The 2 seed will face the 7 seed, which will be the Packers, Seahawks, or Lions.

LA Rams @ Seattle SeahawksAll Seahawks fans seem angry this week. They're convinced the NFL is out to get the Seahawks by having them play at 4:25 p.m. Eastern, and putting the Packers in prime time. The reasoning is if the Seahawks win, which they need to do to stay alive for a wild-card spot, that means the Lions are eliminated before their game at Green Bay kicks off and Detroit wouldn't be motivated. The NFL isn't rigged; it just wanted Aaron Rodgers in prime time for good ratings. Still, the Seahawks need to win and hope for a Lions upset to make the playoffs.

Detroit Lions @ Green Bay PackersIf the Seahawks lose, this game becomes a winner-take-all for the No. 7 seed. If the Seahawks win, the Lions are eliminated. No matter what, if the Packers win they'll complete their unlikely march to the playoffs and be the No. 7 seed in the NFC.