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As of when I’m writing this the NFC East is still up in the air. Whomever claims it will host the loser of tonight’s game. Both PFF and FO will be rooting for Seattle.

PFF:

Seahawks 3.5 6380 5800 0
Seahawks 0 10024 16339 0

FO:

Seahawks 3.5 45283 43127 0

 

So is the final AFC Wildcard slot. If both the Texans and Ravens win, the Colts and Raiders results will determine if Pittsburgh, Tennessee, or Oakland makes the playoffs.

As for the NFC East, PFF would clearly prefer Philadelphia take care of business themselves:

Ravens 2 15951 15048 0
Ravens 0 16260 18373 0
Pit-Bal o37 11975 11192 0
Texans 3.5 18668 17447 0
Texans 0 19490 32548 0
Redskins 10.5 2790 2657 0
Eagles -4.5 1814 1796 0

FO is pulling hard for the Colts. That’s the third result the Raiders need to sneak in, along with them taking care of business in Denver:

Ravens 2 25053 23635 0
Null 0 0 0 0
Broncos -3.5 20123 21531 0
Null 0 0 0 0
Null 0 0 0 0
Colts -3.5 45643 41874 0
Giants 4.5 3738 3398 0

 

The Saints, Packers, and Patriots are all trying to secure byes. All are expected to win comfortably, although in the Saints case they’ll need some help from the Lions or Seahawks. No matter, PFF is going to try and collect some cash:

Panthers 13 193 183 0
Vikings -1 13547 12543 0
Vikings 0 14289 12425 0
Chi-Min O36.5 15244 13985 0
Buccaneers -1.5 5526 5365 0
Buccaneers 0 5116 4373 0
Atl-TB U47.5 3860 3509 0
Patriots 0 11415 1226 0
Lions 12.5 15776 15467 0
Lions 0 120 583 0
Browns -2.5 13808 11903 0
Browns 0 14955 10314 0
Cle-Cin U43.5 1466 1423 0
Bills -1.5 12736 11684 0
Bills 0 3802 3066 0

Football Outsiders is swinging for the fences. Spoiler: If they sweep today they’ll end up positive for the season:

Null 0 0 0 0
Vikings -1 1708 1567 0
Falcons 1 4688 4688 0
Dolphins 16 5742 5574 0
Lions 12.5 57746 56614 0
Bengals 2.5 26993 28343 0
Chiefs -9 47809 49243 0
Null 0 0 0 0

Current tabs:

PFF: -$227,648 (+$145,337 NFL, -$372,985 NCAAF)

FO: -257,466

 

 

What an odd season. There were no great teams. The Titans managed to go 13-3 despite only being very good. The Patriots lost Tom Brady week one and still managed to go 11-5. They missed the playoffs though. The Cardinals won a weak NFC West and won a home playoff game against the Falcons. They then went on the road and were the benificiaries of six Panthers turnovers. The Eagles beat the Giants in NY, and so the Cardinals were home underdogs in the NFC Championship game. They upset the Eagles, and almost managed to beat the Steelers in a surprisingly exciting Super Bowl.

By the way, the Dolphins somehow managed to go 11-5 despite not being a very good team. They were 3.5 point underdogs at home in the wildcard game against the Ravens, and were blown out 27-9.

The Titans had a better record and point differential than the Colts, but were considered the weaker team. The 12-4 Colts lost as road favorites in the wildcard round against the Chargers.

Truly weird note: The 0-16 Lions were considered stronger than the 2-14 Rams. The Rams had a slightly better point differential, but against a much easier schedule.

New York Giants 68.35%
Indianapolis Colts 68.24%
Dallas Cowboys 66.62%
Philadelphia Eagles 65.89%
Pittsburgh Steelers 65.60%
San Diego Chargers 63.11%
Tennessee Titans 61.01%
New England Patriots 60.83%
Carolina Panthers 59.60%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 58.25%
Minnesota Vikings 55.94%
Green Bay Packers 55.92%
Baltimore Ravens 54.37%
New York Jets 53.86%
Chicago Bears 53.62%
Jacksonville Jaguars 52.57%
New Orleans Saints 51.81%
Denver Broncos 51.23%
Arizona Cardinals 50.48%
Washington Redskins 50.13%
Atlanta Falcons 49.40%
Houston Texans 48.34%
Buffalo Bills 47.39%
Miami Dolphins 44.65%
Cleveland Browns 40.13%
San Francisco 49ers 37.60%
Seattle Seahawks 36.66%
Cincinnati Bengals 30.03%
Oakland Raiders 28.33%
Kansas City Chiefs 26.71%
Detroit Lions 24.53%
St. Louis Rams 24.09%

It’s absurd that whomever wins the NFC East will get to host a playoff game, but those are the rules.

PFF:

Raiders 7 3066 2865 0
Lions 6.5 7105 7460 0
Det-Den O37.5 3020 2745 0
Seahawks -8.5 6248 5839 0
Seahawks 0 7444 1798 0
Ari-Sea u51 13501 12386 0
Eagles 1.5 654 635 0
Eagles 0 30 32 0

FO:

Lions 6.5 934 980 0
Raiders 7 13514 12629 0
Null 0 0 0 0
Seahawks -10 10324 11356 0