NFL Playoff Picture 2017: Scenarios, Standings and Predictions Entering Week 17

December 29, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It's been a wild ride down the stretch for teams in the NFL playoff picture. As recently as last week, there were still eight playoff spots up for grabs. 
But the cards fell just right in Week 16, and 10 of the 12 playoff spots have already been locked up heading into the final weekend. In fact, one-third of the playoff field is already locked into their seed, regardless of the outcome of their final game.
Here's a look at the current playoff seeding entering Week 17:
Entering the final weekend, the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans are already locked into their playoff positions. As a result, each of those teams will likely rest many of their starters for at least a portion of their season finale. 
Among the teams with playoff spots still on the line, the most volatile scenarios exist for the Detroit Lions. 
Based on Sunday's results, Detroit can finish as high as No. 2, earning a first-round bye, or they co...

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