UPDATE: With the Colts’ victory over the Texans prior to Denver’s kickoff, the Broncos can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a win of their own.
With one week left in the regular season, plenty is still up in the air in the AFC playoffs.
With that said, all six teams have been decided. In some order, the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals will make up the AFC’s playoff field.
The Broncos can end up anywhere from the No. 1 to the No. 3 seed. The same can be said for the Houston Texans and New England Patriots.
Here are the scenarios for those three squads:
HOUSTON TEXANS (at Indianapolis)
Houston clinches a first-round bye with:
1) HOU win or tie OR
2) NE loss or tie OR
3) DEN loss
Houston clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) HOU win OR
2) HOU tie + DEN loss or tie OR
3) NE loss or tie + DEN loss
DENVER BRONCOS (vs. Kansas City)
Denver clinches a first-round bye with:
1) DEN win or tie OR
2) NE loss or tie
Denver clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) DEN win + HOU loss or tie OR
2) DEN tie + HOU loss
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (vs. Miami)
New England clinches a first-round bye with:
1) NE win + DEN loss OR
2) NE win + HOU loss
New England clinches home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1) NE win + DEN loss + HOU loss
As it stands entering Week 17, here is the AFC playoff order:
1) Houston (12-3)
2) Denver (12-3)
3) New England (11-4)
4) Baltimore (10-5)
5) Indianapolis (10-5)
6) Cincinnati (9-6)
If this order stands, it would grant Houston and Denver first-round byes, while Cincinnati would travel to New England and Indianpolis would head to Baltimore in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.
Here’s a look at who the six AFC playoff teams face in their regular-season finales.
at Indianapolis (10-5)
vs. Kansas City (2-13)
vs. Miami (7-8)
at Cincinnati (9-6)
vs. Houston (12-3)
vs. Baltimore (10-5)