The AFC field is almost all set. We know the six teams that are going to the playoffs from that conference, but there are still a few questions left to answer. The Raiders lead the AFC West, though the Chiefs have a chance to take that from them Sunday.
The Patriots could lock down the No. 1 seed with a win over the Dolphins, but the Raiders have an outside shot at that still if they win and the Patriots lose.
Over in the NFC, the big game of the week is the showdown between the Packers and Lions in Detroit. The winner takes the NFC North, though the loser could still make the postseason as a wild card team. That’s probably the least complicated of all the Week 17 playoff scenarios.
Let’s take a look at where the playoff races stands, starting with the AFC (Here’s a quick primer on tiebreakers for the playoff standings, just in case you need a refresher):
“Any American wants to get paid more at their job,” Bennett said. “I don’t think there’s anybody that goes to work and says: ‘Hey, I’m happy with how much I’m getting paid, and I love it. Don’t give me any more money.’ So that’s how I feel too.”
Bennett, 31, has never been one to hide his personality, but he’s backed up his words with excellent play on the field. In 2015, he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl with 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. While he struggled through injuries for much of 2016, Bennett started the season with three sacks in the first four weeks and got back on the board with a sack against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16.
The Seahawks are No. 2 in the NFL in points allowed and No. 7 in yards allowed through 16 weeks and close out the 2016 season against the San Francisco 49ers. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Bennett played four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.