NFL playoff season is just around the corner and with that means several more weeks of chances to watch the Mountaineers in the NFL. Going into week 16 of the regular season, several WVUPros have clinched their spots in the post-season, with playoff byes. While several have clinched that spot, there are still a few Mountaineers that are in contention to make the playoffs.
Bruce Irvin, Karl Joseph and the Oakland Raiders have had a stellar season thus far and clinched the second seed and a first round bye in the AFC after number one seed New England Patriots. Bruce Irvin has shown up in his first season in Oakland and just exploded defensively throughout the season. Rookie Karl Joseph has also made quite the name for himself on the Raiders defense, despite being sidelined the past few weeks due to a toe injury. By securing the first round bye, the Raiders have made it to the post-season for the first time since 2003 when they lost in the Super Bowl.
KJ Dillon and the Houston Texans are currently the fourth seed for the AFC Wild Card spot. The Texans essentially control their own destiny in this week’s game. Winning the game versus the Cincinnati Bengals this week would give the Texans the AFC South title. At the moment, the Texans are tied with Quinton Spain’s Tennessee Titans, so their New Year’s Day rematch could wind up being a match-up for division title.
While Quinton Spain’s Titans do not have the best divisional record, winning out in the next two games would earn the Titans a share of the divisional title if the Texans lose on Christmas Eve.
Pat McAfee and the Indianapolis Colts are sitting at 7-7 going into the last two weeks of the season. They are potentially still alive for the post-season, but do have to play the Raiders this weekend, who have proven themselves to be a tough opponent.
Moving to the NFC division, Mark Glowinski and the Seattle Seahawks have solidified their position at second seed, giving them a first round bye for the NFC race. The Seahawks play the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Eve Saturday, and their hope will be to not end the game in another tie as they did earlier in the season.
Don Barclay and the Green Bay Packers are a sixth seed for the NFC Wild Card race. The Packers chances of advancing toward the playoffs were furthered this past weekend with the loss by the Washington Redskins. Winning out for the Packers would secure the North division.
Keith Tandy, Charles Sims and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also grasping for one of the Wild Card spots in the NFC. The Bucs currently sit at seventh in the NFC so winning out for the season will likely secure a spot in the Wild Card.
Finally, Daryl Worley and the Carolina Panthers round out the NFC teams with playoff hopes. The Panthers have a disappointing season after their Super Bowl loss. Unfortunately for Worley, the Panthers need a miracle to make the post-season this year.
There are two weeks left of the regular season, meaning that there is plenty of time left for a late-season shuffle of what we think we know. Saying that, it sounds that there are plenty more opportunities to catch your favorite WVUPros in the NFL.