As the NFL regular season comes to a close, the playoff picture for the 2023 season is beginning to come into focus. With only one week left in the regular season, several teams are still battling it out for the remaining playoff spots. Here’s a look at some of the key NFL playoff scenarios for Week 18:
In the AFC, the race for the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs is still up for grabs. The Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, and Baltimore Ravens are all in contention for the top spot in the conference. The Chiefs will clinch the No. 1 seed with a win over the Denver Broncos in Week 18, while the Titans need a win over the Houston Texans and a Chiefs loss to secure the top spot. The Ravens, on the other hand, will need to win and have both the Chiefs and Titans lose in order to claim the No. 1 seed.
The battle for the final wild card spot in the AFC is also heating up, with several teams in the mix. The Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Pittsburgh Steelers are all vying for the final playoff berth. The Chargers will secure a playoff spot with a win over the Denver Broncos, while the Raiders need a win over the Los Angeles Rams and a Chargers loss. The Steelers will need to win and have both the Chargers and Raiders lose in order to sneak into the playoffs.
In the NFC, the Green Bay Packers have already secured the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. However, the race for the final wild card spot is still wide open. The San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons are all in contention for the final playoff berth. The 49ers will clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Seattle Seahawks, while the Saints need a win over the Carolina Panthers and a 49ers loss. The Falcons, on the other hand, will need to win and have both the 49ers and Saints lose in order to secure a spot in the postseason.
With so much still up for grabs in the final week of the regular season, Week 18 is sure to bring plenty of excitement and drama as teams jockey for position in the playoff picture. As the dust settles, only the top 7 teams from each conference will move on to the postseason, with the rest turning their attention to the offseason and the 2024 NFL Draft. Stay tuned for what is sure to be an action-packed Week 18 in the NFL.