Colts in the playoff hunt: Week 16 rooting guide

Sam Sinclair
·2 min read

With just two regular-season games left for the Indianapolis Colts, the playoff picture is becoming more clear. Entering Sunday, the Colts have a 92% chance of making the playoffs, according to 538’s playoff predictions.

Along with the 92% chance of making the playoffs, Indianapolis has a chance to lock up a playoff spot over the weekend with a few different scenarios taking place.

The Colts will need a little help this weekend so here’s who fans should be rooting for in Week 16:

Miami Dolphins vs Las Vegas Raiders (Saturday)

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Both teams enter this contest in the playoff race. The Miami Dolphins are at 9-5, in the seventh and final playoff spot, while the Las Vegas Raiders are at 7-7, in the 9th spot looking to find their way into the playoffs. Indianapolis needs to finish with a better record than Miami, due to Miami having the tiebreaker over Indianapolis. With a Raiders win on Saturday night, and a Colts win on Sunday, the Colts will clinch a playoff spot. Root for: Raiders

New York Giants vs Baltimore Ravens

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Entering Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens are at 9-5 but are in the eighth spot in the AFC, one game out of the playoff race. It is also important that the Colts finish ahead of the Ravens, because if both teams have the same record, the Colts will be the odd team out come January. If Baltimore were to stumble against New York and lose, Indianapolis could clinch a playoff spot with a win. Root for: Giants

Cleveland Browns vs New York Jets

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The Cleveland Browns go into Sunday with a 10-4 record, same as the Colts, but are ahead of them in the playoffs because of the head-to-head tiebreaker. As with Indianapolis, Cleveland enters Sunday with a chance to make the playoffs. A win, and a loss by either the Dolphins, Ravens or Colts clinch a spot for the Browns. Root for: Jets

Tennessee Titans vs Green Bay Packers

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The Sunday night matchup will also be a game Colts fans must watch for. The Titans enter the game with a chance to win the division if the Colts lose earlier in the day. They can also clinch a playoff spot with a win, or with losses by the Dolphins or Ravens. But, the Green Bay Packers are also looking to clinch the number one seed in the NFC, so there's a lot to play for on Sunday night. Root for: Packers

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