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NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Cowboys, Browns, Bears, Washington and more in Week 17

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NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Cowboys, Browns, Bears, Washington and more in Week 17

Week 17 is here, and nearly every NFL playoff seed is up for grabs in the season’s final clinching scenarios. 

The only locked up playoff seed is the AFC’s top seed, which was secured by the Chiefs with a win in Week 16. That’ll give Kansas City a first-round bye and allow Andy Reid to rest his stars in Week 17. But the NFC still has three teams in the running for the top seed. Both the AFC South and NFC East are still up for grabs. And all told a number of playoff spots could switch hands depending on what happens on Sunday, Jan. 3, the final day of the regular season.

In some form or another, 14 teams can clinch something in Week 17. The scenarios are below, but the full list of teams with something to play for includes the Ravens, Browns, Colts, Dolphins, Titans, Cardinals, Bears, Cowboys, Packers, Rams, Saints, Giants, Seahawks and Washington Football Team.

Below are all the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the teams that have chances to stamp their postseason status in Week 17, followed by a complete playoff picture.

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NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 17

Baltimore Ravens (10-5)

(at Bengals)

Baltimore clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Ravens win OR
  2. Browns loss OR
  3. Colts loss OR
  4. Ravens tie AND Dolphins loss OR
  5. Ravens tie AND Titans loss OR
  6. Ravens tie AND Browns tie OR
  7. Ravens tie AND Colts tie

Cleveland Browns (10-5)

(vs. Steelers)

Cleveland clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Browns win OR
  2. Colts loss OR
  3. Titans loss AND Dolphins win or tie AND Ravens win or tie OR
  4. Browns tie AND Ravens loss OR
  5. Browns tie AND Dolphins loss OR
  6. Browns tie AND Titans loss OR
  7. Browns tie AND Colts loss OR
  8. Browns tie AND Titans tie AND Ravens win AND Dolphins win

Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

(vs. Jaguars)

Indianapolis clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. Colts win AND Titans loss or tie OR
  2. Colts tie AND Titans loss

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Colts win AND Ravens loss or tie OR
  2. Colts win AND Browns loss or tie OR
  3. Colts win AND Dolphins loss or tie OR
  4. Colts tie AND Ravens loss OR
  5. Colts tie AND Browns loss OR
  6. Colts tie AND Dolphins loss

Miami Dolphins (10-5)

(at Bills)

Miami clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Dolphins win OR
  2. Ravens loss OR
  3. Browns loss OR
  4. Colts loss OR
  5. Dolphins tie AND Ravens tie OR
  6. Dolphins tie AND Browns tie OR
  7. Dolphins tie AND Colts tie OR
  8. Dolphins tie AND Titans loss

Tennessee Titans (10-5)

(at Texans)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. Titans win OR
  2. Colts loss OR
  3. Titans tie AND Colts tie

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Ravens loss OR
  2. Dolphins loss OR
  3. Titans tie AND Browns loss OR
  4. Titans tie AND Dolphins tie OR
  5. Titans tie AND Ravens tie

Arizona Cardinals (8-7)

(at Rams)

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Cardinals win OR
  2. Cardinals tie AND Bears loss

Chicago Bears (8-7)

(vs. Packers)

Chicago clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Bears win OR
  2. Cardinals loss OR
  3. Bears tie AND Cardinals tie

Dallas Cowboys (6-9)

(at Giants)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. Cowboys win AND Washington loss or tie OR
  2. Cowboys tie AND Washington loss

Green Bay Packers (12-3)

(at Bears)

Green Bay clinches first-round bye with:

  1. Packers win or tie OR
  2. Seahawks loss or tie

Los Angeles Rams (9-6)

(vs. Cardinals)

Los Angeles clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Rams win or tie OR
  2. Bears loss or tie

New Orleans Saints (11-4)

(at Panthers)

New Orleans clinches first-round bye with:

  1. Saints win AND Packers loss AND Seahawks win

New York Giants (5-10)

(vs. Cowboys)

New York clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. Giants win AND Washington loss

Seattle Seahawks (11-4)

(at 49ers [in Arizona])

Seattle clinches first-round bye with:

  1. Seahawks win AND Packers loss AND Saints loss or tie

Washington Football Team (6-9)

(at Eagles)

Washington clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. Washington win OR
  2. Washington tie AND Cowboys loss or tie

NFL playoff picture 2021

Seed Team Record Clinched
1. Kansas City Chiefs 14-1 No. 1 seed
2. Pittsburgh Steelers 12-3 AFC North
3. Buffalo Bills 11-3 AFC East
4. Tennessee Titans 10-5 N/a
5. Miami Dolphins 10-5 N/a
6. Baltimore Ravens 10-5 N/a
7. Cleveland Browns 10-5 N/a

In the hunt: Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

Seed Team Record Clinched
1. Green Bay Packers 12-3 NFC North
2. New Orleans Saints 11-4 NFC South
3. Seattle Seahawks 11-4 NFC West
4. Washington Football Team 6-9 N/a
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-5 Playoff berth
6. Los Angeles Rams 9-6 N/a
7. Chicago Bears 8-7 N/a

In the hunt: Cardinals (8-7), Cowboys (6-9), Giants (5-10)

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Deshaun Watson’s latest tweet amid Texans turmoil sends Twitter back into trade frenzy

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Deshaun Watson added yet another layer of intrigue to the trade rumors that surround him and the Texans.

The Houston quarterback on Friday tweeted that he “was on 2 then I took it to 10” — a nod to a Sunday report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter regarding his anger level with the organization now vs. when it traded receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

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Shortly after his original tweet, Watson followed up with another: “Future – Mo Reala vibes!”

That song — by artist Zaytoven and featuring Future — contains the same line of lyrics: “I was on a 2 then I took it to 10.”

Those simple-yet-multifaceted couple of tweets sent Twitter into a frenzy trying to disect their meaning. That’s especially true after rumors swirled that the fourth-year signal-caller would be open to a trade with Miami to get out of Houston. Watson is reportedly incensed with the organization, not only because of its hiring of general manager Nick Caserio — a Patriots product, much like the recently fired coach/GM Bill O’Brien — but also because it reportedly refused to consider Eric Bieniemy for the team’s open coaching position.

Here are some of the best reactions and jokes Watson stirred up:

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Divisional Round Sunday DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for daily fantasy football playoff tournaments

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You know it’s going to be tough to build a DFS playoff lineup when your first choice is between three future Hall-of-Fame QBs and another one who was a top overall pick just a few years ago. That’s what daily fantasy football players are dealing with on Sunday’s two-game divisional round slate, as Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Baker Mayfield are all viable QB plays when factoring in prices and matchups. From there, things only get tougher, as the defenses for each team present unique challenges and lineup-building opportunities for DraftKings tournaments.

As always, DraftKings pricing is tight, forcing you to take at least a few chances. Our big risks come at WR/flex, where we’re counting on two boom-or-bust pass-catchers, but with a strong foundation that’s tailored to DraftKings scoring, we feel like this lineup has a great opportunity to cash. 

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Divisional Round Sunday DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS tournament playoff lineup

QB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs vs. Browns ($7,900). Mahomes is $1,700 more expensive than Tom Brady, $2,400 more than Drew Brees, and $2,700 more than Baker Mayfield, so all of those QBs offer more value. But none offer the same type of ceiling as Mahomes, who absolutely tore up the playoffs last year with at least 286 passing yards, 29 rushing yards, and three total TDs in every game. Given the highly favorable matchup and the Chiefs issues at RB, you can bet he’ll be asked to do a lot once again.

RB Kareem Hunt, Browns @ Chiefs ($4,800). Hunt is priced as the RB7 this week, which seems low considering Cleveland could be forced to pass more in the second half. Either way, Hunt should make the most of his seven-to-10 carries and three-to-five targets against Kansas City’s lackluster run defense, and he’s just as likely to score as teammate Nick Chubb. Take the value here.

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RB Alvin Kamara, Saints vs. Buccaneers ($7,600). There are plusses and minuses to using Kamara on DraftKings. The main plus is that he gets a full point per reception; the biggest minus is he’s unlikely to hit 100 yards as a runner (just once all year) or receiver (once). Of course, he’s one of the few backs in the league who could hit 100 yards as both a runner and receiver in the same game, but given Tampa’s strong run defense, we’re not betting on that. Either way, he has a high floor thanks to his receiving ability (at least five catches in both games against Tampa this year) and touchdown potential (league-leading 21 scores). With so many questions in both Kansas City’s and Tampa’s backfields, Kamara is a safe “chalk” pick, even at his high price.

WR Chris Godwin, Buccaneers @ Saints ($5,700). Mike Evans led the Bucs in catches (6) and yards (119) last week, but it was Godwin who led in targets (12) and scored one of two passing touchdowns. Godwin has now scored in four straight games and caught five passes in three straight. Even with his drops last week, you can expect him to be targeted often, and he’s a safe bet for a solid floor.

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WR Michael Thomas, Saints vs. Buccaneers ($6,600). It’s tough to pass on Thomas on DraftKings because of the full-point PPR scoring. He hasn’t had a 2019-like game yet this year, at least not one that included a touchdown, but he does have two nine-catch, 100-plus-yard performancese and he scored his first TD last week. New Orleans will have to throw more in this game because of Tampa’s tough run defense, so Thomas could finally have an explosive performance like we saw so often last season. 

WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Browns @ Chiefs ($3,000). Because we paid up at so many other positions, we have to look for extreme values at others. Enter DPJ, who’s played at least 56 percent of snaps in four of the past five games, including a season-high 69 percent last week. Cleveland could be forced to pass more in the second half this week, and while that actually hasn’t helped WRs against Kansas City most of the season, DPJ is the kind of big-play guy who only needs one to pay off this remarkably cheap price. 

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TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Browns ($7,700). It’s tempting to pay down for one of the other tight ends, all of whom cost at least $3,900 less than Kelce and many of whom also have favorable matchups, but it really doesn’t make sense given DraftKings scoring. With a full point per perception and a bonus for 100-yard games (Kelce had six of this year), Kelce has a significantly higher floor and ceiling than everyone else. 

FLEX Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs vs. Browns ($3,600). It was tough finding a flex for this lineup, but Robinson makes sense with Sammy Watkins (calf) ailing. He always plays a significant amount of snaps, and that was especially true in Weeks 6-11 when Watkins was out. Robinson averaged 3.8 catches, 4.6 targets, and 42.8 yards with two total TDs in that span, which isn’t great, but we know any Chiefs receiver has big-time upside in a must-win game. Going with Deonte Harris ($3,500) and hoping for a second straight seven-catch game or taking a chance with a TD-or-bust guy like Rob Gronkowski ($3,500) or Cameron Brate ($2,900) are other options, but we like Robinson to pick up the slack for Watkins.

D/ST New Orleans Saints vs. Buccaneers ($3,100). The Saints defensive numbers in two games against Tampa this year are staggering: Six sacks, six takeaways, one defensive TD, 26 total offensive points allowed. It might be a trap to expect a third good performance, but it’s tough to feel great about the Browns or Bucs, and Kansas City is too expensive for this lineup, so let’s hope for a hat trick.

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Broncos All-Pro linebacker Von Miller is reportedly under a criminal investigation.

Mike Klis of Denver TV station K-USA reported Friday that Miller is under investigation by the Parker (Colo.) Police Department. The department declined to comment on the nature of the investigation, which is still underway. Per multiple reports, whatever allegations Miller faces surfaced only recently.

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The Parker investigation into Miller further clouds his future with the Broncos. The club has yet to decide whether it will pick up the 2021 option for the eight-time Pro Bowler, three-time First-Team All-Pro and Super Bowl 50 MVP. Miller, 31, is due $17.5 million in 2021 in the final year of his contract with the Broncos (per Spotrac).

The Broncos — who are aware of the investigation — have till mid-March to make their decision; letting him go would result in a $4.23 million dead cap hit.

Miller missed the entire 2020 season after dislocating his peroneal tendon in early September. That came a season after he tallied eight sacks in 2019, his second-lowest season total after a five-sack season in 2013. For his career, Miller has totaled 490 tackles, 106 sacks, nine fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

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