NFL playoff picture Best worst possible matchups for each te

NFL playoff picture Best worst possible matchups for each te


Based on the collective strength of the 15teams currently in the going into Week 17, the n figures to be one of the best and most unpredictable 11-game tournaments the league has seen.

Once a team makes the playoffs, history shows ithas as good of a chance to win it all as everyone else Larry Ogunjobi Jersey if it can get hot and drawthe right matchups at the right time in a high-pre sure, one-and-done environment.


Looking at where teams are seeded now and where they might end up for and after Week 17, here's breaking down the best and worst of these matchups.

AFCRavens (13-2)

Best po sible matchup: Patriots. The Ravens had no trouble moving the ball and ripping the reigning AFC champions in the regular season. Their offensive wrinkles around Lamar Jackson neutralize the Patriots creative defensive scheming. The Ravens defense also isloaded enough to win a lower-scoring rematch.

Worst po sible matchup: Chiefs. The Chiefs beat the Ravens in Kansas City. Patrick Mahomes off-script playmaking can cause the defense front-end problems, while Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce can use their speed and athleticism to get open against the Ravens secondary.

Patriots (12-3)

Best po sible matchup: Bills. The Patriots will need to win battles of attrition based on their defensive and special teamsstrengths. They also lost to the Ravens, Chiefs and Texans, so we have to go with the only other team that's already in. The familiarity of a division foe also helps their preparation.

Worst po sible matchup: Ravens. The Patriots also are familiar with John Harbaughs team being a playoff nemesis. The Patriots Baker Mayfield Jersey would need to adjustto try to figure out Jackson, and they simply can't score enough points with the current state of their offense.



Chiefs (11-4)

Best po sible matchup: Texans. The Chiefs did lose to the Texans at Arrowhead Stadium during the regular season, but Houston hasa downfield pa sing-oriented offense, and Kansas City hashad impre sive secondary play all season. The Texans would struggleto duplicate theirideal ball-control approach, and they don't have anyone who can cover Hill or Kelce.

Worst po sible matchup: Ravens. These teams present equal nightmares to each other. The Chiefs have a strong secondary and a versatile pa s rush that can rev up when needed, but their linebackers are a big weakne s, both in stopping the running game and covering backs and tight ends.


Texans (10-5)

Best po sible Morgan Burnett Jersey matchup: Bills. The Texans'defense is a ma sive weakne s in many capacities. They can benefit from an erratic, inexperienced quarterback being on the other side of Deshaun Watson, who can make big plays even when the Bills'defense takes them away on script.

Worst po sible matchup: Ravens. The Texans were blown outin the first meeting in Baltimore. The rematch is bound to be just as ugly.

Bills (10-5)

Best po sible matchup: Steelers. The Bills played the Patriots in the regular season but not the Ravens, Chiefs or Texans. They did just beat the Steelers in an ugly defensive game. Buffalomatches upwell against Pittsburghoffensively, too, with Allenpresenting off-script problems for the Steelersrun defense and Anthony Zettel Jersey 3-4 pre sure.

Worst po sible matchup: Ravens. Welcome to the club, Bills. The Ravens can run all over them with Jackson and Mark Ingram and make the gamea nightmare for Josh Allen.

Titans (8-7)

Best po sible matchup: Chiefs. Tenne see beat Kansas City earlier this season, and its run-oriented offense can give the Chiefs more problems in a wild-card game. Keep in mind the Titans did go into Arrowhead and win in the playoffs two years ago.

Worst po sible matchup: Patriots. Chris Hubbard Jersey The Titans aren't that complicated to defend once their running game is contained, and rookie A.J. Brown would be locked down by Stephon Gilmore. The Patriots match up well offensively, too, because of theirversatile pa sing game.


Steelers (8-7)

Best po sible matchup: Ravens. What? Yes. Familiarity helps, and the Steelersdid play the Ravenstough in the first meeting. Pittsburgh actually might have the defensebuilt bestto slow down Jackson and turn the game into aslugfest. The Steelers likely would need get past the Chiefs on the roadto get their shot at the Ravens.

Worst po sible matchup: Patriots. We know what happens to Mike Tomlins team when it faces Bill Duke Johnson Jersey Belichickand Tom Bradysteam when Ben Roethlisberger is healthy, so we definitelyknow what would happento the Steelers against the Patriots when they are down to a rookie third-string quarterback.

Raiders (7-8)

Best po sible matchup: Texans. The Raiders had no trouble scoring on the Texans when the teams met in the regular season. They could steal a higher-scoring game in the playoffs, too.

Worst po sible matchup: Chiefs. They don't want to see their AFC West rivals for a third time. The games weren't close, and Patrick Mahomes can easily pick Oaklandapart yet again.


NFC49ers (12-3)

Best po sible matchup: Packers. The 49ers had no troubling smashing the Packersin San Francisco. They dictated the action with their versatile offense and were positioned to smash Green Bay'scompre sed offense around Aaron Rodgers.

Worst po sible matchup: Saints. The 49ersdid survive the first game in New Orleans, but the Saints had no trouble moving the ball on their defense. Its hard Chad Thomas Jersey to expect the 49ers to consistently explode on offense a second time.



Seahawks (11-4)

Best po sible matchup: Vikings. The Seahawks have played only one game decided by more than one po se sion all season. That game was against the Vikings at home, where the Seahawksran all over a tough run defense and won the battles up front on the other side of the ball, too.

Worst po sible matchup: Saints. The Saints won in Seattle without Drew Brees. They have a solid run defense even Antonio Callaway Jersey with their injuries and can make big plays when needed against the pa s. The Seahawks also dont match up well with Michael Thomas and/or Jared Cook.


Packers (12-3)

Best po sible matchup: Saints. New Orleans isnt the effective running team it usually is, which gives Green Bay a break. The game would comedown to Rodgers vs. Brees, and theleaks in the Saints pa s defense would make it advantage Packers in aduel of future Hall of Famers.

Worst po sible matchup: Seahawks. The Packers struggle with relentle s running teams, and Rodgers vs. Ru sell Wilson conjures up some bad memories of playoffs past. The Packers'pa sing game,with little beyond Davante Adams, would give the Seahawks'pa s defense a break.


Saints (12-3)

Best po sible matchup: Seahawks. The Saints are the better outdoors and road team with their current make-up. This, of course, would be even better is therematch is in New Orleans.

Worst po sible matchup: 49ers. The Saints did score a ton against the 49ers in the first matchup, but they couldn't stop Raheem Mostert, Emmanuel Sanders, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, either. Kyle Shanahan'sscheming experience against New Orleanswouldremain a big a set.



Vikings (10-5)

Best po sible matchup: Cowboys. The Vikings lost to the Seahawks and Packersand have yet to play the Saints or 49ers. They did go into Dallas and win on a Sunday night in Ricardo Louis Jersey strong fashion.

Worst po sible matchup: Saints. The Saints can control the Vikings'running game and get after Kirk Cousins. Thomas would be a nightmare cover for their secondary, too. There would be no Minneapolis Miracle this time.

Eagles (8-7)

Best po sible matchup: Seahawks. The Eaglesplayed the Seahawks toughdefensively in the first meeting, and Seattle is starting to look like a weaker team overall because of mounting injuries.

Worst po sible matchup: 49ers. The Eagles' blitzing-dependent defense would be overmatched by the 49ers' creative offense. Philadelphia's compre sedoffense also would be smothered by San Francisco on every level.

Cowboys (7-8)

Best po sible matchup: Seahawks. Seattle wont be able to pre sure Dak Prescottbehind his strong offensive line, and it doesn'thave the secondary depth to handle Dallas aggre sively throwing downfield to wide receivers and tight ends. Phillip Gaines Jersey

Worst po sible matchup: Packers. Rodgerslights up when he sees the Cowboysdefense. Hehas had great succe s against Dallasboth at home and away in the playoffs.