One NFL team can punch its playoff ticket, while three could be out after Week 13
Week 13 of the NFL regular season is nearly upon us, which usually is around the time when the league’s stronger teams start clinching playoff berths. But only one team can punch its postseason ticket this weekend: The 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles, who will clinch the NFC East title with either a loss by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night to the Washington Redskins or a win of their own over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other playoff scenarios to consider, namely the ones involving the league’s lesser lights. The following teams can be eliminated from playoff contention, as parsed out by Redditor NFLPlayoffScenarios. (The Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers already have been eliminated.)
NASCAR has seen a number of veterans retire in the past three years, including Gordon, Stewart, Edwards and Earnhardt — and likely Kenseth, who doesn’t have a ride this year because of a lack of sponsorship.
I don’t care. They’re good kids, and I understand, said 38-year-old driver Clint Bowyer, who replaced Stewart. They’re filling some pretty big voids. You got somebody getting into Jeff Gordon’s car. You’ve got somebody getting into Dale Jr.’s car.
We have to figure out how to fill that void somehow, and it can’t all be on the same old guys that have been there.
The key, Bowyer said, is to promote proven young drivers.
Thielen did not practice Wednesday and was a limited participant Thursday and Friday with what was categorized as a lower-back injury. Thielen spoke to the media early Wednesday morning before missing practice later that day. He was in running shoes and without a helmet.
Since he did not appear limited during the Vikings’ Divisional Round win, his back issue was not addressed by reporters afterward, and he wasn’t spotted in the locker room later in the week. He was moving gingerly on Friday and did not bend down while his teammates stretched and touched their toes.