With the early games coming to a close there’s a few more things that we can say we know. The Steelers blowout win over the Browns means they’ve locked up the #2 seed in the AFC and will get a bye. The Ravens are locked into the #5 seed while the Jets will be the #6. Who the Jets and Ravens will play however is stlll up in the air thanks to the fact that Kansas City Chiefs were blown out at home by the Oakland Raiders. That means that if the Colts win this afternoon, they will leapfrog KC for the #3 seed and will get the Jets.
In the NFC, the Falcons locked up the #1 overall seed and a first round bye. That means the Bears are locked into the #2 seed regardless of whether they lose to the Packers. Whether that affects how the Bears play or whether they decide to rest some guys is still unknown. That game is very significant for the final wildcard spot in the NFC. If the Packers win they’re in. The Giants need a Packers loss and win at the Redskins to get in. Tampa Bay actually beat the Saints today to keep themselves alive, they now need losses by Green Bay and New York to get themselves in.
Whoever gets in between the Packers, Giants, or Bucs will head to Philadelphia next weekend. New Orleans will go on the road to face the winner of tonight’s matchup between the Seahawks & Rams which will decide the NFC West.
The winner of the Eagles/#6 seed game then goes to Chicago, while the winner of the Saints/NFC West winner goes to Atlanta.