Playoff Watch 2020
Remember, in order for the Raiders to make the playoffs they need:
Step 1: One of the following must happen for strength of schedule purposes:
All these games will end before the Raiders play against the Broncos.
I hate to say it, but since the Chiefs own the tiebreaker against the Patriots, the Patriots need to win to maintain their hold on the No. 2 seed. A Patriots win is the most likely out of the four games in Step 1. The Chiefs are also playing to win because if they lose and Texans win, the Texans grab the No. 3 seed because they own the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Chiefs.
Confused? Basically, the Texans’ game should’ve started at the same time as the Patriots and Chiefs’ games. The NFL messed up. Surprise, surprise.
- Detroit Lions win or tie against Green Bay Packers
- New England Patriots win or tie against the Miami Dolphins
- Chicago Bears win or tie against the Minnesota Vikings
- Los Angeles Chargers win or tie against the Kansas City Chiefs
Step 2: The Oakland Raiders win against the Denver Broncos (duh!)
Raiders vs. Broncos News
It’s going to be an uphill battle. How mad would you be if everything that needed to happen for the Raiders to make the playoffs happened, except the Raiders beating the Broncos?
Every single player on the defensive line not named Maxx Crosby is going to have to show up if the Raiders are going to win this game.
Titans vs. Texans News
Looks like Derrick Henry is suiting up.
If the Chiefs win, the Texans are going to sit everyone. Per CBS:
“If the Chiefs lose to the Chargers and the Texans beat the Titans in Week 17, Houston would get the No. 3 seed by virtue of its head-to-head win over Kansas City.”
Steelers vs Ravens News
It’s going to be Duck Hodges vs. Robert Griffin III. Goodness gracious.
“MVP frontrunner quarterback Lamar Jackson is the most notable albeit expected name on a list that also includes running back Mark Ingram, safety Earl Thomas, guard Marshal Yanda and defensive end Brandon Williams.”
Colts vs. Jaguars News
“After being in concussion protocol, and not participating Wednesday, Quenton Nelson was limited yesterday. Darius Leonard was also an improvement from the team’s initial report and was a full participant yesterday after being sidelined Wednesday.”
Jacoby Brissett has been playing through a knee injury since November as well. Boy, there’s a lot of moving parts for each one of these games.
The Jaguars lost 33-13 to the Colts in Week 11 when Nick Foles started, so there’s that.
Bonus: The Saints + Antonio Brown
I honestly thought it would be the Cowboys. I’m shocked that Jerry Jones isn’t making this move. Do the Saints have information that no one else does? Because last I read, the NFL was still investigating the complaints against Brown.