If you are looking for a few great picks for week 16, there are some teams that are out to take advantage of the upcoming bye week. If you look at the odds, the Browns are sitting pretty with a 16% chance of making the playoffs. The Packers have a 71% chance of landing the top overall seed in the NFC. The Rams and Vikings are ranked fourth and fifth in their divisions respectively. The Packers and Rams are two of the most important teams to win during week 16; while the Browns aren’t, they still have the best chance of claiming their division.
Browns have a 16% chance to make the playoffs
After Sunday’s game, The Upshot and FiveThirtyEight updated their playoff models. They have the Browns with a 92% chance of making the playoffs. Other teams with better chances include the Steelers, Ravens, and Bills. The Browns will need to win to make the playoffs, while the Chargers and Steelers have a 14% chance of making the postseason.
The Browns have a 16% chance of winning the AFC North this week. If they beat the Vikings, they will clinch a playoff spot. However, if the Saints and Raiders win, they will have a 9% chance of making the postseason. So, if you’re looking to make a play-by-play pick for the NFL playoffs, consider taking a look at these three teams in Week 16:
If the Saints lose to the Dolphins, the Miami Dolphins have the best chance of moving into the seventh spot in the AFC. But while the Dolphins have a 37% chance of winning, the Browns have a 16% chance of making the playoffs with two wins. If they win two out of three, they will be able to win the AFC North. And even if they don’t, they still have a 13% chance of making the playoffs.
The Tennessee Titans have a 16% chance of making it in week 16. However, if the Steelers lose to the Browns, the Titans have a 31% chance of making it. And if the Bills lose to the Chiefs in Week 16, the Titans would have a 16% chance to make it in the playoffs. It’s not that hard to make the playoffs, but it’s worth predicting who will make it.
Packers have a 71% chance to land the No.1 overall seed in the NFC
After 14 games, the Green Bay Packers are in a great position to win the NFC North and land the No.1 overall seed in the NFC playoffs. The Arizona Cardinals were thought to be the team to beat, but now they’ve lost two straight, including a loss to Green Bay. In addition to the Packers, the Buccaneers and the Cowboys have lost three starters on offense. A week off would be a big advantage for both teams.
Currently, the Packers have a 71% chance to land a No.1 overall seed in the NFC. While the Arizona Cardinals are favored to win their final two games, Green Bay has a 71% chance to make the playoffs. However, Dallas’s chance of landing the top seed is slimmer because it has to lose one of their final three games. The Packers’ current record is just a bit better than Dallas’s, and a loss would reduce Dallas’ chances to 45 percent.
The Packers have already clinched the NFC North, and have a 71% chance of landing the No.1 overall seed in the NFC in week 16 picks. But they will have to win to get there, and it’s not easy to see how they can do that if they lose Sunday’s game. With the right players and the right coaching staff, they should be deadly.
After a lopsided loss against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Packers should be able to make up for the defeat with a win over the Giants. However, the Giants are coming off of three straight losses and have nothing to lose. Backup quarterback Jake Fromm completed only six of 12 passes on Sunday. On top of that, the Eagles’ front seven looked rock solid against the Washington Redskins and New York Jets, while the Philadelphia Eagles have a 71% chance of landing the No.1 overall seed in the NFC.
Rams have a 35% chance of winning their division
The Los Angeles Rams are favored to win their division with a 35% chance of advancing to the NFC playoffs. After defeating the Cardinals 24-3 in Week 14, the Rams now own the tiebreaker in the NFC West. They still have a chance to win the division with a win against the Packers in Week 16, but they must beat the Seahawks or the Eagles to clinch a playoff spot.
The Vikings have a 23% chance of winning the NFC West. However, a win against the Rams would increase their chances. They must win the rest of their games and hope other results go their way. The Rams have a 35% chance of winning their division in week 16.
The Rams need to win this game to remain in the playoff picture. Their next three games will determine their fate in the NFC. They must win the rest of their games to secure their division and go on to win the Super Bowl. The Rams have the same chance of winning the NFC West as the Cardinals. If the Vikings win on Monday, the Rams will miss the playoffs.
The NFC North is the tightest division race in NFL history. With the Bengals’ 41-21 win over the Ravens, their chances of winning the division rose to 72 percent. FiveThirtyEight’s prediction model puts their chances of winning the division at 72 percent. However, the Bengals still have a chance to win the division in Week 16.
Vikings have a 30% chance to make the playoffs
According to our Week 16 NFL picks, the Vikings have a thirty percent chance of making the playoffs. That would mean the Vikings need to beat the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears in Weeks 17 and 18. But even with that, they still have a 30% chance of making the postseason if they win those games. And even then, a win over the 49ers would help them catch the Vikings and eliminate Atlanta as a potential playoff threat.
Despite their late-season success, the Vikings have a slim chance of making the playoffs. They are 7-8 and one game behind the Eagles in the NFC North. The Vikings have played some tougher opponents in recent weeks, but they’ve beaten the Packers, LA Chargers, and Pittsburgh. They’ve also defeated former NFC North opponents like the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
The Minnesota Vikings are favored to win the division for the third straight year. Their season started with two straight losses, but one of those losses came on a game-winning field goal by first-year kicker Greg Joseph. This followed the Vikings missing a game-winning field goal in week two against the Detroit Lions. That was followed by two wins in a row, including a win over the Chargers and a walk-off win over the Green Bay Packers.
In Week 17 of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings played the Green Bay Packers. Their opponent had already clinched their division. The Vikings had a 30% chance of making the playoffs based on week 16 picks. Adrian Peterson’s 199-yard rushing season against the Packers was his most impressive, and he finished the season nine yards shy of the single-season NFL rushing record of 2,105 set by Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson in 1984.
Raiders are a mess
It’s hard to predict the outcome of Week 16, but the Raiders are in a terrible spot. A loss to the Broncos will put Oakland’s playoff hopes at risk. Alternatively, they could wait until after the season’s end and hope to find a new head coach that can improve the team. If the Raiders choose the latter route, they’ll have to wait until their odds of winning the playoffs are 30% or lower to get a head coach. Then, they could hope to find a top coach and get a new head coach, but if they go with Bisaccia and Mayock, it’s murky.
The Oakland Raiders’ offense has been hit or miss this season. It ranks 28th in third down conversion percentage, and last week’s performance was not a great one. However, despite its shaky play, the Raiders’ offense has been able to score touchdowns on 45 percent of their attempts. The Broncos’ defense, meanwhile, ranks near the bottom of the NFL when it comes to preventing third down conversions.
The Denver Broncos lost to the Cincinnati Bengals last week, and both teams need a win in Week 16 to stay in the AFC wild card race. The Oakland Raiders must achieve four major feats this week to complete their season sweep. These feats include scoring a touchdown, completing a third-down drive, and converting a fourth-down. However, the Raiders are in a terrible spot and will be difficult to predict.
Obviously, there are no clear winners in this draft, but there are some possibilities. Oakland needs a new head coach and GM, but the Raiders’ fate is still uncertain. The new head coach will bring a new organizational philosophy and will likely move on from Derek Carr unless they earn a playoff berth. Mark Davis is rumored to make a decision on Derek Carr before choosing the new coach.