NFL Playoff picture: Bills can do Steelers a huge favour
With only a single gameweek of the 2015 NFL regular season to go there are numerous permutations concerning the final makeup of the playoffs and the way the seedings will shakedown.
For a comprehensive breakdown of all the runners and riders bidding to be part of the 12-team post-season, punters are probably best off visiting our friends at nfl.com to sift through the minutia of possible scenarios.
However, for some more straight-up betting advice, look no further than news.ladbrokes. It’s probably best to break it down by conference approaching game 17.
Unlike the NFC which is sewn up in terms of the six playoff berths, if not the final seeding, there is still a spot up for grabs in the American Football League.
Currently in the hunt are the Steelers and technically, if not realistically, the Colts. Pittsburgh should beat Cleveland (3-12), but must hope that the Bills do them a massive favour by defeating the Jets, who would be the team to lose out on postseason participation in that scenario.
Although New York are on a five-game winning streak in the AFC North, an earlier loss to Buffalo in week 10, as well as the road trip, ensure the Steelers make the more attractive bet, at 7/4 to nick the final spot, over the Jets, who are 4/9 to make the playoffs.
Meanwhile, certain to be playing postseason football are Tom Brady and the Patriots. A win over Miami would ensure number one spot and home advantage in the Divisional Round.
With the Dolphins rock-bottom of the AFC East this seems most plausible, as does the 11/10 about the Pats winning the conference again.
With all six places booked up, the ramifications in gameweek 17 purely concern the final seedings in the National Football League.
Although the Panthers finally saw their regular season record blemished in Atlanta, Carolina still clinch the No. 1 seed and homefield advantage with victory over the Buccaneers.
On the joint-longest streak in the NFL, though, it’s worth keeping an eye on the red-hot Cardinals, who have a sniff of top spot if they make it 10 on the bounce against Seattle.
Arizona are 7/4 to clinch the NFC.
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