NFL Playoff Scenarios 2022: Complete Bracket Picture and AFC, NFC Odds
For the first time in forever—not an exaggeration; literally forever—the NFL is set to wrap its campaign with an 18th week.
That's just as well, since there's still so much to sort out with the playoff picture.
Three of the 14 playoff berths remain up for grabs. The Green Bay Packers are the only team to have their postseason seed set in stone, as they clinched the NFC's top seed with Sunday's win over the Minnesota Vikings.
While the postseason bracket is far from set, it's still worth laying out the latest bracket to get a proper lay of the land. Then, we'll examine the latest Super Bowl odds before finally breaking down the many clinching scenarios still in play.
Current Playoff Bracket
No. 1 Tennessee Titans: First-round bye
No. 7 Los Angeles Chargers at No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs
No. 6 Indianapolis Colts at No. 3 Cincinnati Bengals
No. 5 New England Patriots at No. 4 Buffalo Bills
No. 1 Green Bay Packers: First-round bye
No. 7 Philadelphia Eagles at No. 2 Los Angeles Rams
No. 6 San Francisco 49ers at No. 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 5 Arizona Cardinals at No. 4 Dallas Cowboys
Super Bowl Odds
Green Bay Packers +380
Kansas City Chiefs +500
Buffalo Bills +750
Los Angeles Rams +850
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +900
Dallas Cowboys +1100
Tennessee Titans +1200
New England Patriots +1600
Indianapolis Colts +1800
Cincinnati Bengals +2000
Arizona Cardinals +2000
San Francisco 49ers +3500
Los Angeles Chargers +4000
Philadelphia Eagles +5000
Las Vegas Raiders +10000
New Orleans Saints +13000
Pittsburgh Steelers +40000
Baltimore Ravens +40000
Let's start with the NFC, since there's no mystery at the top. The Packers are the No. 1 seed for the second year in a row. Now, it's up to coach Matt LaFleur to lead Aaron Rodgers and the rest of this roster into the Super Bowl, a journey the team hasn't taken since the 2010 season.
The Rams could finish anywhere from No. 2 to No. 5, although a win over the 49ers would wrap up the second spot. Lose that game, though, and L.A. only sticks at No. 2 with losses by the Buccaneers, Cowboys and Cardinals. The Rams could fall out of the top four—spots reserved for division winners—with a loss and a Cardinals win, which would give Arizona the NFC West.
The real intrigue lies in the lone unclaimed spot in the conference. It's San Francisco's for now and will stay that way if it wins over or ties L.A.. Upping the intrigue, the Niners don't know (or at least won't say) who will start at quarterback, after rookie Trey Lance got the nod in Week 17 with starter Jimmy Garoppolo fighting a thumb injury in his throwing hand.
New Orleans can swipe that last spot with a win over the Atlanta Falcons and a 49ers' loss.
In the AFC, every seed is up for grabs and so are the last two playoff tickets.
The Titans are the No. 1 seed with a win over the Houston Texans. A few other paths could put Tennessee in that spot, but that's the simplest. The Chiefs have the next easiest route, as they'd get it with a win over the Denver Broncos and a Titans' loss or tie. The Bengals and Patriots are technically in the running too, but each needs a win and a lot of help.
Five teams remain in the hunt for the two unclaimed postseason spots. The Chargers and Raiders will battle head-to-head for one, as the winner advances to the playoffs. The Colts, meanwhile, need only a win or tie against the Jacksonville Jaguars to get in. Finally, the Steelers and Ravens are mathematically alive, but they're only in with a win and a series of fortunate events.
Odds via DraftKings Sportsbook.
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