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NFL TV Maps Week 17 Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling

December 29, 2010

Being Week 17 there are no games scheduled for a day other than Sunday, and there are doubleheaders on both CBS and Fox.  In none of the windows is there variety between the affiliates in the tri-state area, but in every case the game has playoff implications.  At 1pm on CBS will be Pittsburgh @ Cleveland with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.  At 1pm on Fox will be Tampa Bay @ New Orleans with Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick.  At 4:15pm on CBS will be Tennessee @ Indianapolis with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms and at 4:15pm on Fox will be Chicago @ Green Bay with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.  And the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is St. Louis @ Seattle with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.  As always this info from the506.com and subject to change.  Enjoy the games!

NFL Standings After Week 16

December 29, 2010

Like a week ago I will include my projections for the TV schedule come playoff time; it is little changed from 7 days ago.  As usual we’ll start in the AFC:

BYES

1. New England (13-2) [clinched #1 seed] {Sunday January 16th at 4:30pm on CBS vs lowest remaining seed}

2. Pittsburgh (11-4) (division record tiebreaker on Baltimore) [clinched playoff spot] {Saturday January 15th at 4:30pm on CBS vs 2nd lowest remaining seed}

WILDCARD WEEKEND

6. New York Jets (10-5) [clinched wildcard] @ 3. Kansas City (10-5) [clinched division] {Sunday January 9th at 1pm on CBS}

5. Baltimore (11-4) [clinched playoff spot] @ 4. Indianapolis (9-6) {Saturday January 8th at 4:30pm on NBC}

IN THE HUNT (for AFC South title)

8. Jacksonville

MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED

7. San Diego (8-7) (head-to-head on Jacksonville)

9. Miami (7-8) (head-to-head on Oakland)

10. Oakland

11. Tennessee (6-9)

12. Houston (5-10) (conference record on Cleveland)

13. Cleveland

14. Denver (4-11) (strength of victory tiebreaker on Buffalo and Cincinnati)

15. Buffalo (head-to-head on Cincinnati)

16. Cincinnati

As you can see the AFC picture is relatively simple with just a few things left to iron out.  Indianapolis has the South division unless they lose and Jacksonville wins in Week 17.  Kansas City has won the West and will be the #3 seed unless they lose and Indianapolis wins, in which case the Colts are #3 and the Chiefs #4.  Pittsburgh is currently holding the North and the #2 seed, but if they have a worse Sunday than Baltimore the Ravens claim that #2 spot.  The North runner-up is the #5 seed unless Pittsburgh loses, Baltimore wins,  and New York wins, in which case the Jets move up to #5 and the Steelers drop to #6.

A couple quick oddities:  If the Dolphins win Sunday at New England, which could happen if the Patriots treat this like a preseason game, Miami would end up 8-8.  Not your normal 8-8, however, as they would be a stellar 7-1 on the road (losing to Baltimore) but a hideous 1-7 at home (beating Tennessee).  If Oakland beats Kansas City (and the Chiefs might very well treat the game like their bye week) the Raiders would be 6-0 in the division but finish 2nd or 3rd because they went 2-8 in non-division games.  Conversely, the Chiefs if they lose would win the division despite only being 2-4 against the West because they went 8-2 in outside games.  Two games can be explained by the fact the Chiefs got to play Cleveland and Buffalo while Oakland played Pittsburgh and Miami (with the misfortune of getting the Dolphins at home).  But even setting that aside it is a huge discrepancy.

Now for the NFC:

BYES

1. Atlanta (12-3) [clinched playoff spot] {Sunday January 16th at 1pm on Fox vs lowest remaining seed}

2. Chicago (11-4) [clinched bye seed] {Saturday January 15th at 8pm on Fox vs 2nd lowest remaining seed}

WILDCARD WEEKEND

6. Green Bay (9-6) (strength of victory tiebreaker on New York and Tampa) @ 3. Philadelphia (10-5) [clinched #3 seed] {Saturday January 8th at 8pm on NBC}

5. New Orleans (11-4) [clinched playoff spot] @ 4. St. Louis (7-8) {Sunday January 9th at 4:30pm on Fox}

IN THE HUNT

7. New York (record in common games on Tampa)

8. Tampa

9. Seattle (6-9) (conference record on Washington, record in common games vs Minnesota) (“In the Hunt” for West division only)

MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED

10. Minnesota (conference record on Washington)

11. Washington

12. Detroit (5-10) (conference record on Dallas and San Francisco [San Francisco has higher rank in division on Arizona via division record])

13. San Francisco (record in common games on Dallas)

14. Arizona (head-to-head on Dallas)

15. Dallas

16. Carolina (2-13) [clinched #1 pick in 2011 Annual Selection Meeting]

With one week to go the NFC playoff picture is a bit more fluid.  If Atlanta beats moribund Carolina they will clinch the #1 seed, lock Chicago in at #2, and lock New Orleans in at #5.  If the Falcons suffer a stunning loss the Saints get the #1 seed with at win, Chicago is again locked at #2, and Atlanta slips to #5.  If the Saints also lose and Chicago wins, the Bears are #1, Atlanta #2, and New Orleans #5.  If all three teams lose, the current standings hold.  The winner of the Rams @ Seahawks game Sunday night will “win” the West and the #4 seed.  Charlie Whitehurt will reportedly start because Matt Hasselback was injured Sunday against Tampa.  The ironic thing is the game was completely meaningless to Seattle.  Once San Francisco lost earlier in the day, the tiebreakers dictated that the winner of their game with the Rams in Week 17 would claim the West.

We have 3 teams alive for the #6 seed.  At either 10-6 (everyone wins) or at 9-7 (everyone loses) Green Bay has all the tiebreakers.   They have the strength of victory tiebreaker in the 3-way ties.  They have head-to-head if tied with just New York.  And they have it on record in common games against Tampa.  The Giants can claim the playoff spot with a win and a Packers loss, as they also have tiebreaking on Tampa.  The Bucs need to win and have both the Packers and Giants lose.  Both the Giants and Bucs could be hurt by the schedule.  If Atlanta beats Carolina in a 1pm start it will lock the Bears (who play the Packers) into the #2 seed, so its an open question on how motivated they would be to beat the Packers.  Historically speaking they will be motivated, but its not the same as needing the game for personal gain.  Its paradoxical, but when the Vikings beat the Eagles an hour ago it helped the Packers and hurt the Giants because it allowed the Bears to have the bye seed clinched before Week 17.

Attached below are the official clinching scenarios for Week 17 that I tried to elucidate in the above paragraphs:

NFC

ATLANTA FALCONS
Atlanta clinches NFC South division and home-field advantage:
1) ATL win or tie
2) NO loss or tie + CHI loss or tie

Atlanta clinches division and a first-round bye:
1) NO loss or tie

CHICAGO BEARS
Chicago clinches home-field advantage:
1) CHI win + ATL loss + NO loss or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans clinches NFC South and home-field advantage:
1) NO win + ATL loss

GREEN BAY PACKERS
Green Bay clinches a playoff spot:
1) GB win
2) GB tie + NYG loss or tie + TB loss or tie
3) NYG loss + TB loss

NEW YORK GIANTS
NY Giants clinch a playoff spot:
1) NYG win + GB loss or tie
2) NYG tie + GB loss + TB loss or tie

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Tampa Bay clinches a playoff spot:
1) TB win + NYG loss or tie + GB loss or tie
2) TB tie + NYG loss + GB loss

ST. LOUIS RAMS
St. Louis clinches NFC West division:
1) STL win or tie

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Seattle clinches NFC West division:
1) SEA win

AFC

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division and a first-round bye:
1) PIT win
2) PIT tie + BAL loss or tie
3) BAL loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Baltimore clinches AFC North division and a first-round bye:
1) BAL win + PIT loss or tie
2) BAL tie + PIT loss

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Indianapolis clinches AFC South division:
1) IND win or tie
2) JAC loss or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Jacksonville clinches AFC South division:
1) JAC win + IND loss

Recommended Reading

December 25, 2010

A new blog has been added to the blogroll: http://www.krabillpolitics.wordpress.com  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2010

I like to make blog posts by doing the copy/paste thing.  Tonight seems a good night to ctrl-c/ctrl-v Clement Clarke Moore.

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

NFL TV Maps Week 16 Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling

December 21, 2010

The week starts with two games on the NFL Network.  Thursday at 8:20pm will be Carolina @ Pittsburgh* and Saturday at 7:30pm will be Dallas @ Arizona.  Both games will be broadcast by Bob Papa, Matt Millen, and Joe Theismann.  There is a consensus with all of the Sunday afternoon games across the local affiliates.  CBS will have a 1pm game Baltimore @ Cleveland with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.  Fox at 1pm will be Washington @ Jacksonville with Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan and Fox at 4:15pm will be Giants @ Green Bay with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.  And of course the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is a flexed game, Minnesota @ Philadelphia with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, and the Monday Night game, the last of the season, on ESPN will be New Orleans @ Atlanta with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As always this info from the506.com and subject to change.  Enjoy the games!

* I assume the game will be picked up locally in Pittsburgh by an “over the air” station but I don’t know for a fact who that will be.  KDKA should have rights to the game and would probably show the game or perhaps shunt it to their sister station, the Pittsburgh CW affiliate.  I will update as warranted.

NFL Standings After Week 15

December 21, 2010

A couple enhancements this week.  The category “mathematically alive” has been dropped; a team is either in the hunt or eliminated.  Also each conference’s breakdown of the current playoff matchups will include my projection of when each game would be played and the televising network.  So without further preamble here are the standings in the AFC:

BYES

1. New England[clinched playoff spot] (12-2) {host lowest remaining seed Sunday January 16th at 4:30pm on CBS}

2. Pittsburgh [clinched playoff spot] (10-4) (division record tiebreaker on Baltimore for division lead) {host 2nd lowest remaining seed Saturday January 15th at 4:30pm on CBS}

WILDCARD WEEKEND

6. New York  at 3. Kansas City (9-5) {Sunday January 9th at 1pm on CBS}

5. Baltimore (10-4) (head-to-head tiebreaker on New York) at 4. Indianapolis (8-6) (record in common games over Jacksonville for division lead) {Saturday January 8th at 4:30pm on NBC}

IN THE HUNT

7. San Diego (8-6) (head-to-head tiebreaker on Jacksonville)

8. Jacksonville

10. Oakland (“In the Hunt” for division title only)

11. Tennessee (6-8) (“In the Hunt” for division title only)

Mathematically Eliminated

9. Miami (7-7) (head-to-head tiebreaker on Oakland)

12. Houston (5-9) (conference record on Cleveland)

13. Cleveland

14. Buffalo (4-10)

15/16 Cincinnati/Denver (3-11) (same conference record next tiebreaker would be record in common games didn’t bother to calculate)

Oakland and Tennessee enter this week alive in their division races, but it would take a lot happening.  Tennessee has to win both remaining games and have the Colts and Jaguars both lose both of their remaining games.  In that scenario all 3 teams would be 8-8 splitting with each other and 3-3 in division games.  The Titans would carry the best record against common opponents and win the tie.  Oakland has to win both remaining games, have Kansas City lose in Week 16 (the Raiders would beat them in Week 17), and have San Diego lose at least one of its two remaining games.  In that scenario the Raiders win ties at 9-7 by having a perfect 6-0 record in division games.  The Chargers can win the West if it wins both remaining games and the Chiefs lose once.  Either the Chiefs lose the Oakland game and have a worse record in division games, or they lose in Week 16 to Tennessee meaning the Chargers would have a better record in common games.  The Chargers would also win a tie at 9-7 if it does not involve Oakland.  The Jaguars can win the South if it has a better record in the last 2 games than the Colts as that would give them the outright win.  The Jaguars and Chargers are also alive in the wildcard race at 10-6 if either New York or Baltimore loses both remaining games.  Both would have a better conference record than the Ravens and could potentially edge the Jets on record in common games or other tiebreakers.  Neither can finish ahead of Pittsburgh, which is why the Steelers have clinched a playoff spot.

Looking from the top down New England is one win, or one Jets loss, away from clinching both the East division and also the #1 seed in the conference.  Pittsburgh would clinch the #2 seed by winning both remaining games; if they match records with Baltimore in the last 2 games they win the North on a better division record.  If splitting the last two games is good enough to win the North the Steelers definitely get the bye seed also, however it is not possible for the Steelers to get the #1 seed as they lose tiebreakers with both the Patriots and Jets.  Baltimore actually could get the #1 seed I believe if they won the North at 12-4 and the Jets did win the East at that same mark.

As for the NFC:

BYES

1. Atlanta [clinched playoff spot] (12-2) {host lowest remaining seed Sunday January 16th at 1pm on Fox}

2. Chicago [clinched division] (10-4) (head-to-head tiebreaker on Philadelphia) {host 2nd lowest remaining seed Saturday January 15th at 8pm on Fox}

WILDCARD WEEKEND

6. New York (9-5) at 3. Philadelphia {Saturday January 8th at 8pm on NBC}

5. New Orleans (10-4) at 4. St. Louis (6-8) (head-to-head tiebreaker on Seattle for division lead) {Sunday January 9th at 4:30pm on Fox}

IN THE HUNT

7. Green Bay (8-6) (record in common games over Tampa)

8. Tampa Bay

9. Seattle (6-8) (“In the Hunt” for division title only)

12/13 San Francisco (“In the Hunt” for division title only)

MATHEMATICALLY ELIMINATED

10. Minnesota (5-9) (conference record on Washington & San Francisco)

11. Washington (5-9) (record in common games to hold higher division ranking than Dallas, conference record on San Francisco)

12/13 Dallas (has same conference record as San Francisco, next tiebreaker is record in common games, didn’t bother to calculate)

14. Detroit (4-10) (conference record on Arizona)

15. Arizona

16. Carolina (2-12)

Its now up to either Seattle or St. Louis to sweep their remaining games to avoid having a sub .500 playoff participant.  If the 49ers can beat St. Louis and Arizona and have Seattle lose to either Tampa or St. Louis then San Francisco would win the division at 7-9 on a 5-1 division record.  If the 49ers are not in the equation, then the winner of the Week 17 Rams v Seahawks game would win the division, if not outright then either the Rams on sweeping the head-to-head or Seattle on better division record.

As for the 5 spots that are going to go to good teams, Atlanta will clinch the division and the #1 seed with one more win, or New Orleans losing in Week 17 to Tampa.  Chicago would get the #2 seed with two more wins, or if Philadelphia wins the East with the same record as the Bears.  For the Giants to win the East would take winning both remaining games and having the Eagles lose twice, but if they beat the Packers Sunday they are a wildcard for sure.  New Orleans is probably in the playoffs, however if they lose to Atlanta and Tampa beats Seattle they would probably need to beat the Bucs in Week 17, because if both end up 10-6 the Bucs would be ahead of the Saints on tiebreaking in the division; because the Bucs lose ties with New York and Green Bay the Saints only hope in this case would be for the Packers to’ve beaten the Giants but then lose Week 17 to the Bears while the Giants lose to the Redskins in Week 17.  If New Orleans and New York win in Week 16  the Bucs are eliminated even if they beat Seattle; the Packers would also be eliminated of course.

Below are the official clinching scenarios in Week 16 from nfl.com:

NFC

ATLANTA FALCONS
Atlanta clinches NFC South and home-field advantage:
1) ATL win or tie

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Philadelphia clinches NFC East Division:
1) PHI win
2) PHI tie + NYG loss or tie
3) NYG loss

Philadelphia clinches a playoff spot:
1) PHI tie
2) TB loss or tie

CHICAGO BEARS
Chicago clinches a first-round bye:
1) CHI win + PHI loss + NYG loss or tie

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans clinches a playoff spot:
1) NO win or tie
2) TB loss or tie

NEW YORK GIANTS
NY Giants clinch a playoff spot:
1) NYG win

AFC

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
New England clinches AFC East Division and home-field advantage:
1) NE win or tie
2) NYJ loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Pittsburgh clinches AFC North Division and a first-round bye:
1) PIT win + BAL loss

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Kansas City clinches AFC West Division:
1) KC win + SD loss or tie
2) KC tie + SD loss

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Baltimore clinches a playoff spot:
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

NEW YORK JETS
NY Jets clinch a playoff spot:
1) NYJ win or tie
2) JAC loss or tie
3) IND loss or tie

Steelers Clinch Playoff Spot

December 19, 2010

Sorry if this post doesn’t make sense, but its late and I’m typing quickly so I can get some sleep before work tomorrow.  Thought I would post something, though, in case you were wondering how the Steelers have clinched a playoff spot this week despite losing, and most of the key teams in the playoff picture winning.

The worst case scenario would have the Steelers finishing at 10-6, 8-4 in conference games.  At that record they could be tied for 6th in the conference (2nd wildcard spot) with 3 teams; Kansas City, San Diego, and Jacksonville (if the Colts end up 10-6 they win the South division).  At 10-6 Kansas City would be 7-5 in conference games, so the Steelers have that tiebreaker.  San Diego would be 8-4 in conference games, so the next tiebreaker is record against common opponents.  The Chargers are sunk by having been swept by Oakland while the Steelers swept Cincinnati.  Jacksonville would similarly be 8-4 in conference games and both would be 4-1 in common games.  The next tiebreaker is strength of victory.  Currently, Steelers defeated opponents have 65 wins (counting Cincinnati twice as they beat the Bengals twice).  Jacksonville, adding their opponents in Week 16 and 17 who they would have to beat for this to factor, their vanquished foes have 53 wins.  That is a 12 game advantage for the Steelers, and given the interlocking nature of the schedule (and that there are several teams from whom a win boosts both Pittsburgh and Jacksonville) its not possible for the Jaguars to overcome that margin and claim the tiebreaker.  And in case of a multi-way tie for 5th and 6th involving the Jets, the Steelers also have the strength of victory tiebreaker against San Diego, the Chargers being sunk by playing the lowly NFC West for non-conference games.   So the Steelers are in.

Thinking more positively than worst case, winning the remaining games against Carolina and Cleveland would clinch the North division and the #2 seed in the conference, in other words, a bye.  If the Steelers and Ravens have the same record in the last 2 games Pittsburgh wins the division under any scenario, as they currently hold the tiebreaker on division record, and if Baltimore did any more losing it would, by the nature of their remaining schedule, be a division game.  If the Steelers end up 11-5 and that is good enough to win the North they would still get the bye seed; the only way they could win the division but not get the bye is if them and Baltimore both lost both remaining games.  Thinking more negatively if they did lose the division they would almost certainly be the #6 seed because of today’s loss to New York, and tonight’s win by New England means they cannot get the #1 seed in the conference; the only thing keeping the Patriots from having the #1 seed clinched is they have not quite yet clinched the division over the Jets.

Steelers/Ravens Tiebreaking Scenarios

December 16, 2010

For those wishing to give themselves a headache.  Basically, if the Steelers beat the Jets and Panthers but lose to the Browns, and the Ravens win out, the tie could get MUCH closer to the coin flip than normally happens:

http://www.steelerslounge.com/2010/12/steelers-beat-jets-ravens-lose-saints-tiebreaker-chaos-real-threat/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SteelersLounge+%28Steelers+Lounge%29

Week 15 NFL Playoff Clinching Scenarios

December 15, 2010

Hopefully this doesn’t cause too many headaches for my readers!

NFC

CLINCHED: None
ELIMINATED: Carolina, Detroit, Washington, Dallas, Minnesota.

ATLANTA FALCONS
Atlanta clinches a playoff spot:

1) ATL win or tie
2) NYG loss or tie
3) CHI loss or tie
4) GB loss or tie

CHICAGO BEARS
Chicago clinches NFC North division:

1) CHI win + GB loss

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans clinches a playoff spot:

1) NO win + TB loss or tie + NYG loss or tie
2) NO win + TB loss or tie + CHI loss or tie
3) NO win + TB loss or tie + GB loss or tie
4) NO tie + TB loss + GB loss
5) NO tie + TB loss + NYG loss + CHI loss

NEW YORK GIANTS
NY Giants clinch a playoff spot:

1) NYG win + CHI loss + GB loss + TB loss + NYG clinch strength of victory
tiebreaker over Tampa Bay

AFC

CLINCHED: New England – playoff spot.
ELIMINATED: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Cleveland.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
New England clinches AFC East division and a first-round bye:

1) NE win + NYJ loss or tie
2) NE tie + NYJ loss

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Pittsburgh clinches AFC North division:

1) PIT win + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over BAL
Pittsburgh clinches a first-round bye:
1) PIT win + BAL loss + PIT clinches strength of victory tiebreaker over
BAL and JAC
2) PIT win + BAL loss + JAC loss or tie + PIT clinches strength of victory
tiebreaker over BAL

Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot:
1) PIT win or tie
2) IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie
3) IND loss or tie + KC loss
There are other scenarios in which Pittsburgh may clinch a playoff spot if
it clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Jacksonville clinches AFC South division:

1) JAC win

NEW YORK JETS
NY Jets clinch a playoff spot:

1) NYJ win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + KC loss
2) NYJ win + MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie
3) NYJ tie + MIA loss + IND loss or tie + SD loss
There are other scenarios in which New York may clinch a playoff spot if
it clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Baltimore clinches a playoff spot:

1) BAL win + IND loss or tie + SD loss or tie
2) BAL win + IND loss or tie + MIA loss or tie + KC loss
3) BAL tie + MIA loss or tie + SD loss + IND loss

There are other scenarios in which Baltimore may clinch a playoff spot if
it clinches the strength of victory tiebreaker over certain teams this weekend.

NFL TV Maps Week 15 Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling

December 14, 2010

***UPDATE*** Fox Youngstown has changed plans and will now show Philadephia @ New York with Joe Buck & Troy Aikman at 1pm.

The week’s action gets started on Thursday Night at 8:30pm on the NFL Network with San Francisco @ San Diego.  Bob Papa, Matt Millen, and Joe Theismann on the call.  Sunday at 1pm the CBS affiliates in Pittsburgh and Wheeling will show Jacksonville @ Indianapolis with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf while Youngstown shows Cleveland @ Cincinnati with Don Criqui and Steve Beurlein.  All local Fox affiliates will show a 1pm game, specifically New Orleans @ Baltimore with Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick.  At 4:15pm all local CBS affiliates will naturally do the main doubleheader game which is the NY Jets @ Pittsburgh with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.  And the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous live whip around the league all afternoon.  The Sunday Night game on NBC is Green Bay @ New England with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth and the Monday Night game on ESPN is Chicago @ Minnesota (game to be played at TCF Stadium, home of the Golden Gophers, due to damage to the roof of the Metrodome) with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden.  As always this info from the506.com and subject to change.  Enjoy the games!