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Let's Get the Party Started!

Posted on: November 17, 2009 5:47 pm

It's that time of year again where we dive into all of the various NFL playoff race possibilities...including division clinching scenarios, homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, wild card spots, seeding possibilities and the inevitable elimination scenarios and ultimately draft positioning.  This year I'm going to post tiebreaker updates to this blog on a regular basis, react to scenario questions both in the blog and in appropriate threads and work with the production team on providing the earliest and most up-to-date playoff scenarios available.

For some background, I handled the official tiebreakers for the NFL from the 1992 playoffs through the 1999 season and have worked with the League and their official stats source (Elias Sports Bureau) in compiling the official tiebreaker scenarios since leaving the League to join CBS SportsLine in 2000.  I have transitioned jobs from Executive Producer at CBS SportsLine (now to being the liaison for CBS Interactive to the CBS Entertainment Network and CBS TV Studios in Los Angeles...but I keep my fingers in sports through this venture and working with the CBS Sports division and various NFL teams and media outlets on playoff scenarios.  This allows to publish what is typically the FIRST look at what will be OFFICIAL NFL tiebreaker scenarios.  I'll try and blog my way through the you can get an insight into your favorite teams prospects (or maybe your mortal enemies) and get a better understanding how NFL Tiebreakers work and the interesting nuances that will surface.

Enjoy the ride...should be fun...and don't be shy with the questions as I often get extremely insightful feedback from fans and closet tiebreaker gurus that help me along the way.

Joe Ferreira


Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 5:04 pm

Let's Get the Party Started!

philly didn't play seattle

also who would win a potential tie breaker between dallas and AZ for 3rd and 4th?

Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 3:47 pm

Let's Get the Party Started!

green bay would be the 5 seed because of common opponents record of 4-1 to philly's 3-2 philly would have lost twice to dallas which green bay beat, both beat seattle, philly beat chicago which green bay beat twice and greenbay lost to tampa bay which philly beat

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2009 1:14 pm

Let's Get the Party Started!

who would win a tie breaker between philadelphia and greenbay if philly losses this week and GB wins?  who would get 5th seed and who would get 6th?

Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 2:56 am

How's this work...

Based on tie breakers
1) would all be the same
2)Not all the teams played one another so there is no head to head
3)would all be the same at 6-6
4)you couldn't get all 7 teams to have 4 common opponents
5) so it would come down to best strength of victory and it would go as such with the worst case senario to the best case senario judging whether the teams they have beaten win or lose in week 17
Pittsburgh 75 - 81 (when adding all the teams they have beaten's wins together)
Denver 66 - 69
Miami 57 - 60
NY Jets 52 - 57
Houston 50 - 55
Baltimore 47 - 50
Jacksonville 45 - 48

that being said this would eliminate jacksonville and miami even if both win so wouldn't both be eliminated from playoff contention now?

Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2009 2:08 am

How's this work...

Hypothetically speaking week 17 will end like this

New England beating Houston to finish houstons year at 8-8 (6-6) in conference
Jacksonville beating Cleveland to finish Jacksonville 8-8 (6-6)
Miami beating Pittsburgh to end both at 8-8 (6-6)
Kansas City beating Denver to finish Denver at 8-8 (6-6)
Oakland over Baltimore to finish Baltimore at 8-8 (6-6)
and Cincinnatti over the Jets to finish the Jets at 8-8 (6-6)

leaving all 7 teams tied at 8-8 (6-6) in the afc

how would the following tie breaker senario work out?

Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2009 9:37 am

Let's Get the Party Started!

If Houston, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Denver all finish 9-7, which two will make it to the playoff's as Wild Card Teams?

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2009 9:05 am

Let's Get the Party Started!

hey joe, im a huge jets fan and at first i thought they blew their season with that aweful game vs atlanta.  then i looked at the playoff picture and they are still in the hunt.  if they somehow beat the colts and the four teams ahead of them lose (baltimore, denver, jacksonville, miami), are we then controlling our own destiny?

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2009 3:39 am

Let's Get the Party Started!

This is a test post, since the last 3 posts I've made in the newest posts didn't seem to correctly submit, and I don't want to clutter the newer posts with duplicate comments if my computer is messing up.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2009 8:26 pm

Let's Get the Party Started!

Say the Cowboys beat the Eagles in the final week, and lets say the Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys are all tied at lets say 10-6.  Assuming Green Bay is in the playoffs who out of those 3 are in?  Who wins the division and who gets the wild card?

Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2009 8:19 pm

Let's Get the Party Started!

JoeNFL here is my tiebreaker question.

If I am trying to work out a 3 way tie and I come to a tiebreaker (for example, conference record) where team A did the best, team B was next best and team C did the worst, do I
1) give team A 1st place, team B 2nd place and team C 3rd place
2) give team C 3rd place and work out the tiebreaker between teams A and B
3) give team A 1st place and work out the tiebreaker between teams B and C

Thanks, strenghofvic

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