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NFL Standings, Playoff Picture and Clinching Scenarios

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Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis watches a play from the sidelines during the first quarter of the game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Again, the Bengals are in great position to clinch a playoff berth this week, but will need a little help from Detroit if they want to win the division. With the Colts having already won the division, three other AFC teams can clinch their division in Week 15, as well as a playoff berth even if they lose.

New England can clinch the AFC East division title with:

1. Win or tie vs. Miami

NE can clinch a playoff berth with:

1. Baltimore loss or tie

Cincinnati can clinch the AFC North division title with:

1. Win + BAL loss or tie

2. Tie + BAL loss

Cincy can clinch a playoff berth with:

1. Win + MIA loss or tie

2. Tie + MIA loss

Denver can clinch the AFC West division title with:

1. Win + Kansas City loss

Denver can clinch a first-round playoff bye with:

1. Win + KC loss + CIN loss or tie

Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth with:

1. Win or Tie

Key Games to Watch in Week 15

1. Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers: Has two playoff clinching scenarios if Cincy wins and one if Cincy loses

2. San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos: Has two playoff clinching scenarios if Denver wins

3. Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions: Has two playoff clinching scenarios if Baltimore loses

4. New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins: Has one playoff clinching scenario if NE wins

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