New England Patriots
FPI chances to make playoffs: 98% FPI chances to win division: 54% Current projected first-round matchup: vs. Bills
Saturday night’s loss to the Colts snapped the Patriots’ seven-game winning streak, dropped them from the top of the AFC and scuttled their scenarios for clinching a playoff spot and/or the AFC East in Week 15. The FPI is giving the Bills a great chance to make the playoffs, and their Week 16 game at the Patriots gives them a chance to take over the AFC East lead. The Patriots are favored in that game for a number of reasons, and rightfully so, but if you had told the Bills a few weeks ago that they would have a chance to retake the division lead in late December, they would have considered themselves fortunate. Green Bay Packers – y
FPI chances to make playoffs: Clinched FPI chances to win division: Clinched
Sunday’s win in Baltimore gave the Packers the NFL’s first playoff berth, and they clinched the NFC North on top of it. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FPI chances to make playoffs: 99% FPI chances to win division: 99% Current projected first-round matchup: vs. 49ers
The Buccaneers could have clinched a playoff spot Sunday night with a win over the depleted Saints.