2023 NFL playoff picture: Here are 14 teams expected to make postseason after canceled Bills-Bengals game

Heading into the final week of the NFL season, not only are there still more playoff spots up for grabs, but only TWO of the 14 seeds have been solidified, meaning there should be some serious drama this weekend.

To help you understand everything that could happen in Week 18, we’re going to project the 14 teams and the seeds that the 14 teams will get for the playoffs. The projections are based on data from number cruncher Stephen Oh of SportsLine.com. Oh plugged some numbers into his SportsLine computer and simulated the rest of the NFL season, and using those numbers we were able to not only figure out the playoff chances for each team, but we’re also going to project the entire playoff field.

The NFL decided Thursday night to cancel the Bills-Bengals game, which was originally postponed to Monday night after Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest on the pitch. With that in mind, these projections were made knowing that Cincinnati and Buffalo will only play 16 games this season while all the other teams will play 17.

Note: Remember, this is a projection based on how we think the rest of the regular season will play out. To see the current playoff standings and an overview of the playoff picture, be sure to click here.

AFC Playoff Projection

Here is a list of the playoff chances for all the other AFC teams (their percentage chances to make the playoffs are listed next to them in parentheses): Patriots (36%), Titans (28.3%), Steelers (19.8%), Jets (Eliminated), Raiders (Eliminated), Browns (Eliminated), Colts (Eliminated), Broncos (Eliminated), Texans (Eliminated )

Note: The 7-9 Titans have a higher chance to make the playoffs than the 8-8 Steelers because Tennessee still has a viable chance to win the AFC South title.

NFC playoff projection

Here is a list of the playoff chances for all the other NFC teams (their percentage chances to make the playoffs are listed next to them in parentheses): Seahawks (23.5%), Lions (10.5%), Commanders (Eliminated) Panthers (Eliminated), Saints (Eliminated), Falcons (Eliminated), Cardinals (Eliminated), Rams (Eliminated), Bears (Eliminated)

Wild card round projection

AFC

(7) Dolphins on (2) bills
(6) Ravens at (3) Bengals
(5) Chargers at (4) Jaguars

Good bye: Chiefs

NFC

(7) Packers at (2) 49ers
(6) Fights with (3) Vikings
(5) Cowboys at (4) Buccaneers

Good bye: Eagles

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