NFL Playoffs Scenarios: Colts Enter Week 15 As AFC No. 6 Seed

The Colts return from their bye week as the AFC's No. 6 seed after losses by the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. 

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The Colts (7-6) returned to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on Monday squarely in the AFC playoff picture as the conference's No. 6 seed. Here's where the AFC playoff race stands entering Week 15 (record, Week 14 result):

  1. New England Patriots (9-4, idle)
  2. Tennessee Titans (9-4, 20-0 win vs. Jaguars)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4, 48-9 win vs. Raiders)
  4. Baltimore Ravens (8-5, 24-22 loss @ Browns)
  5. Los Angeles Chargers (8-5, 37-21 win vs. Giants)
  6. Indianapolis Colts (7-6, idle)
  7. Buffalo Bills (7-6, 33-27 loss @ Buccaneers)
  8. Cleveland Browns (7-6, 24-22 win vs. Ravens)
  9. Cincinnati Bengals (7-6, 26-23 loss vs. 49ers)
  10. Denver Broncos (7-6, 38-10 win vs. Lions)
  11. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-6-1, 36-28 loss @ Vikings)
  12. Las Vegas Raiders (6-7, 48-9 loss @ Chiefs)
  13. Miami Dolphins (6-7, idle)

The Colts hold head-to-head tiebreakers over the Bills and Dolphins, and at 6-3 in the AFC hold conference record tiebreakers over the Browns (4-5), Bengals (5-3), Broncos (3-5), Steelers (4-4) and Raiders (4-4). If teams have the same record and do not play a head-to-head matchup, the tiebreaker moves to conference record.

The Colts play the Raiders in Week 17.

Here's what the Week 15 schedule looks like:

  • Chiefs @ Chargers (Thursday, 8:20 p.m.)
  • Raiders @ Browns (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.)
  • Patriots @ Colts (Saturday, 8:15 p.m.)
  • Panthers @ Bills (Sunday, 1 p.m.)
  • Jets @ Dolphins (Sunday, 1 p.m.)
  • Titans @ Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m.)
  • Bengals @ Broncos (Sunday, 4;05 p.m.)
  • Packers @ Ravens (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)

If the Colts beat the Patriots and the Chargers lose to the Chiefs, the Colts would enter Week 16 as the AFC No. 5 seed, as those results would equal the two teams' records at 8-6 while bumping the Colts' conference record to 7-3 and dropping the Chargers' to 5-4.

The Colts play both the current AFC No. 1 seed (Patriots) and NFC No. 1 seed (Arizona Cardinals) on consecutive Saturday primetime slots, with Week 16's a Christmas night kickoff at Arizona.

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