More than half of the NFL remain in contention for the playoffs towards the final week of the season. This includes teams like the Packers, who have taken the home advantage throughout the postseason, and includes teams like the Raiders and Chargers, who face off but can both enter the playoffs if they draw and the Colts lose – and that’s not even in the 256 most likely scenarios for the seeding of the AFC playoffs, which goes beyond the chances of victory / defeat.
In all of the reflections on those things that can happen to bring various teams to various points this weekend, non-playoff teams have a say. The Ravens, for example, need a win and a lot of help: the Chargers to lose to the Raiders, but also the Jaguars to beat the Colts and the Dolphins to go on and lose once again (they play against the Patriots, who still a shot at home and farewell to the first round).
In general, teams out of the playoffs would be better off losing to improve their position in the draft, but with all of these games being divisional matchups in week 18, there are rivalries to consider too – and maybe that’s something that plays into what you do. play to end the regular season.
Considering that, here are the eliminated teams entering the last week, ranked by what it would be like to win that final, to hell with the position in the draft (record and current position in the draft in parentheses.