Playoffs? Division? 1st round bye? Here's what's possible for Saints this weekend

Just like last week, win and they're in

Chris Miller
December 05, 2018 - 2:07 pm

USA TODAY

At 10-2 headed into Week 14 of the 2018 NFL season, the New Orleans Saints haven't yet locked up a playoff appearance, but they're very close.

The Saints are a win away from a repeat as NFC South champions, and can even clinch this weekend with a loss, if the right teams lose.

Here are the Week 14 playoff scenarios for the Saints:

NFC South:
    1) New Orleans Saints win or tie
    2) Carolina Panthers loss or tie

Wild Card:
    Minnesota Vikings loss AND Philadelphia Eagles loss or tie AND Washington Redskins loss or tie

There are no scenarios this week in which the Saints can clinch a first round bye.

Elsewhere in the NFC, the Los Angeles Rams have already clinched the NFC West and can clinch a first round bye with a win.

In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers could all make the post season this week. Here's how it shakes out:

Chiefs clinch at least an AFC Wild Card berth with:
    1) Win or tie
    2) Miami Dolphins loss or tie AND Indianapolis Colts loss or tie AND Tennessee Titans loss or tie

Patriots clinch an AFC West title with:
    Win or tie

Texans clinch an AFC South title with:
    1) Win AND Tennessee Titans loss or tie
    2) Tie AND Tennessee Titans loss

The Chargers need a little more to go right for them, but here's how they can get in this week:
    1) Win AND Dolphins loss or tie AND Denver Broncos loss or tie AND Colts loss or tie AND Titans loss or tie
    2) Tie AND Dolphins loss AND Broncos loss AND Colts loss or tie AND Titans loss or tie IF neither Titans nor Colts both tie
 

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