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Week 18 AFC playoff seeding cheat sheet

Confused about how the play seeding will play out? We have a way to keep track.

Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

Going into the NFL’s Week 18, the Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns all know what they’ll be doing on Wild Card Weekend.

As the AFC’s first seed, the Ravens will have the weekend off. As the third seed, the Chiefs will be hosting the sixth seed on GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Holding the fifth spot, the Browns will be on the road against the winner of the AFC South, who will enter the playoffs in the fourth position.

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Ravens 17-10 on Saturday afternoon and the Houston Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts 23-19 on Saturday night, two games — the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Tennessee Titans during Sunday’s early slate and the Buffalo Bills at the Miami Dolphins on “Sunday Night Football” — will determine the second, fourth, sixth and seventh spots in the AFC playoffs.

These two games can result in four different playoff seedings — not including ties. So presuming there are none of those, this chart will show you how things could play out on Sunday.

For example: if DraftKings’ favored teams — the Bills and Jaguars — both win their games, the first row of the chart reveals that Buffalo, Jacksonville, Miami and Houston will win the remaining seeds.

Of course, it’s very unlikely that these two critical matchups will play out exactly that way. As ESPN’s legendary Chris Berman might put it, “Dat’s why dey made da chart!”

Week 18 AFC Cheat Sheet

BUF
MIA
JAX
TEN
HOU
IND
PIT
BAL
2 4 6 7
BUF JAX HOU PIT BUF JAX MIA HOU
BUF TEN HOU PIT BUF HOU MIA PIT
MIA JAX HOU PIT MIA JAX HOU PIT
MIA TEN HOU PIT MIA HOU PIT BUF

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