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One Sunday is all that remains in the 2020 NFL season.

Entering Week 17, five teams with 10-5 records are vying for four playoff spots in the AFC. In this piece, we will break down the scenarios.

The Cleveland Browns can break the longest active NFL playoff drought (2002).

Cleveland Browns (10-5) (-10) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3)

Cleveland clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Browns win OR
  2. Indianapolis Colts loss OR
  3. Tennessee Titans loss AND Miami Dolphins win or tie AND Baltimore Ravens win or tie OR
  4. Browns tie AND Ravens loss OR
  5. Browns tie AND Dolphins loss OR
  6. Browns tie AND Titans loss OR
  7. Browns tie AND Colts loss OR
  8. Browns tie AND Titans tie AND Ravens win AND Dolphins win

Prediction: Browns 23, Steelers 17

Baltimore Ravens (10-5) (-11.5) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-10-1)

Baltimore clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Ravens win OR
  2. Browns loss OR
  3. Colts loss OR
  4. Ravens tie AND Dolphins loss OR
  5. Ravens tie AND Titans loss OR
  6. Ravens tie AND Browns tie OR
  7. Ravens tie AND Colts tie

Prediction: Ravens 27, Bengals 13

Indianapolis Colts (10-5) (-14) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-14)

Indianapolis clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. Colts win AND Titans loss or tie OR
  2. Colts tie AND Titans loss

Indianapolis clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Colts win AND Ravens loss or tie OR
  2. Colts win AND Browns loss or tie OR
  3. Colts win AND Dolphins loss or tie OR
  4. Colts tie AND Ravens loss OR
  5. Colts tie AND Browns loss OR
  6. Colts tie AND Dolphins loss

Prediction: Colts 31, Jaguars 20

Miami Dolphins (10-5) at Buffalo Bills (12-3) (-1)

Miami clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Dolphins win OR
  2. Ravens loss OR
  3. Browns loss OR
  4. Colts loss OR
  5. Dolphins tie AND Ravens tie OR
  6. Dolphins tie AND Browns tie OR
  7. Dolphins tie AND Colts tie OR
  8. Dolphins tie AND Titans loss

Prediction: Bills 27, Dolphins 17

Tennessee Titans (10-5) (-7.5) at Houston Texans (4-11)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. Titans win OR
  2. Colts loss OR
  3. Titans tie AND Colts tie

Tennessee clinches playoff berth with:

  1. Ravens loss OR
  2. Dolphins loss OR
  3. Titans tie AND Browns loss OR
  4. Titans tie AND Dolphins tie OR
  5. Titans tie AND Ravens tie

Prediction: Titans 27, Texans 24

Seeding prediction:

  1. Kansas City Chiefs 15-1 (Clinched first round bye)
  2. Buffalo Bills (13-3) vs 7. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers (13-3) vs 6. Cleveland Browns (11-5)
  4.  Tennessee Titans (11-5) vs 5. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

This would leave the Miami Dolphins out of the playoffs at 10-6. Miami will be joining a sad list of teams with 10-plus wins to miss the playoffs:

Two teams have missed the playoffs at 11–5 (1985 Denver Broncos and 2008 New England Patriots). Here are the ones who have missed the playoffs with 10–6 records since the NFL regular season expanded to 16 games in 1978:

2015 New York Jets
2014 Philadelphia Eagles
2013 Arizona Cardinals
2012 Chicago Bears
2010 New York Giants
2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2007 Cleveland Browns
2005 Kansas City Chiefs
2003 Miami Dolphins
1991 Philadelphia Eagles
1991 San Francisco 49ers
~~~~~ 1990 EXPANSION FROM 10 TO 12 PLAYOFF SPOTS ~~~~~
1989 Washington Redskins
1989 Green Bay Packers
1988 New York Giants
1988 New Orleans Saints
1986 Cincinnati Bengals
1986 Seattle Seahawks
1985 Washington Redskins
1981 Denver Broncos
1980 New England Patriots
1979 Washington Redskins