Originally Posted by PatriotsInGA
the pats control there dynasty thats all i can say
Not true. The Pats can win out and still miss out of the playoffs. However, they still have multiple ways to get in the playoff pool.
If the Pats do win out:
If either the Jets or Dolphins win out, that team is the division winner by tiebreaker, and the Pats come in second. Both those team have to lose a game (more below).
Indy would have to "lose out" at Jax and hosting Tennessee for the Pats to catch up and take a wildcard spot from them. Not probable.
However, if Baltimore loses at Dallas or hosting Jax, we can get in ahead of them; no competition from the Jets or the Dolphions for this last wildcard spot as one of them HAS to lose to the other in the final game.
If the Pats lose one more game (preferably it would be to Arizona), we could still sneak in, but an awful lot of things would have to go right for that to happen. The chances here are would be very thin I think.
That said, I think it's very realistic that both the Jets and the Dolphins could lose this coming weekend at Seattle and at KC respectively. The Jets just haven't been playing well and were lucky to beat the Bills today, and Seattle played the Pats tough last week; and KC is always tough at home. Now, if ONE of those two circumstances occur, then we would hope that losing team, the Jets or Dolphins, wins their contest in the final week. The Pats would then get the 3rd seed and open at home probably against the Ravens.
If the Pats do sneak in as a 6th seed, they would probably open up at the Jets or Dolphins.
Does anyone remember the improbable series of events that got the Pats the #2 seed and first round bye in 2001? There were two weeks left in the season, and the Pats were fighting the Jets for the division, and well as the Raiders for the #2 seed. They needed the Raiders to lose their last two games to overtake them and the #2 seed, but first they also needed the Jets to lose one of their final two games. However, the Jets were playing the Raiders in the final week of the regular season.
So the Jets had to beat the Raiders, which meant they also had to lose, at home, to a bad Buffalo Bills team that had won only two games all year. So guess what? The Bills did
beat the Jets, the Raiders did
lose in week 16, then the Raiders did
lose to the Jets, at home, on a 50+ yard field goal as time ran out.
So strange stuff has happened.