We have reached the final week of the NFL regular season, and believe it or not there is one team that has ever called Ohio home still in the running for the playoffs.
1. The Bengals finish with the Ravens.
Both teams are out of the playoffs. Cincinnati could still pick as high as seventh in the draft or as low as 11th.
Baltimore’s range is even larger as the Ravens could end up anywhere from 12th to 20th.
2. The Browns play the Steelers.
Pittsburgh has already won the AFC North, but Cleveland hasn’t clinched the No. 1 pick in the draft yet. That could still go to the 49ers if they lose to the Seahawks and the Browns win.
Terrelle Pryor is looking to become the franchise’s seventh 1,000-yard receiver.
3. The biggest game of the week is Sunday night when the Packers play at the Lions.
The winner is the NFC North champion. The loser could still make the playoffs as a wild card depending on what the Redskins and Buccaneers do.
The Lions started out as the Portsmouth Spartans in 1930, one season after the Dayton Triangles played their last game in the NFL. The Spartans moved to Detroit in 1934.
4. Tampa Bay needs to beat the Panthers and get some weird help.
For the Buccs to make the playoffs at 9-7, they must win but also see Green Bay lose to the Lions and Washington tie the Giants.
Tampa could then get in if Tennessee, Indianapolis, Dallas and San Francisco all win because that would give the Buccs a tiebreaker via strength of victory.
5. Meanwhile, the Redskins are in with a win as long as the Lions and Packers don’t tie.
How’s that for a specific scenario?
Washington can also make it with a tie of its own if the Packers lose and the Buccs lose or tie.
6. The Patriots and Dolphins are both in the playoffs but still have things to play for Sunday in Miami.
The wounded Raiders could still get home field throughout the playoffs if they beat Denver and New England loses.
7. Oakland could also still end up playing on the road in the first weekend of the playoffs.
The Raiders win the AFC West with a victory, but that goes to the Chiefs if Oakland loses and KC beats the Chargers.