By: Derek Havens
As the 2010 regular season comes to a close, the playoff picture comes into focus. With two weeks to go, only two teams from the AFC have clinched a playoff spot, New England and Pittsburgh. Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Cleveland, Houston, and Miami have been mathematically eliminated. Here is a look from a week 16 perspective.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – The Pats clinch the AFC East division and homefield advantage with either a NE win / tie or a NYJ loss / tie.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS – The Steelers clinch the AFC North division and a first-round bye with a Baltimore loss after beating the Panthers on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – The Chiefs clinch the AFC West division with a KC win + SD loss / tie or a KC tie + SD loss.
NEW YORK JETS – The Jets clinch a playoff spot by either a win / tie or JAC loss / tie 3) or Indy loss or tie.
BALTIMORE RAVENS – The Ravens clinch a playoff spot in a number of ways. The easiest of course, is winning their match-up against Cleveland. The other possibilities: 1) BAL win or tie 2) KC loss + JAC loss or tie 3) KC loss + IND loss or tie 4) SD loss or tie + JAC loss or tie 5) SD loss or tie + IND loss or tie.