In 30 seasons, during which the NFL welcomed 12 teams per year to the playoffs, only the 11-win team failed to qualify. This year, three different teams have a chance to be off the AFC field despite winning 11 games.
The Colts, Browns, or Ravens could end the seven-team AFC postseason with an 11-5 record. The situation has turned Ravens into Steelers fans; If Pittsburgh loses to both the Colts and the Browns and Ravens and wins their final two games, the Ravens could look outward with an 11-5 mark.
Although it plays from a win-and-lose standpoint, a high-quality AFC team will not miss the playoffs this year. For the Colts, Titans, Browns, Dolphins, and Ravens, only four spots are available. The Colts or Titans would get one of them, and the other three would compete with the Browns, Dolphins and Ravens for wild-card spots.
In total, thirteen teams with 10 or more wins missed the playoffs in three decades of 12 postman teams: 2015 Jets (10-6) 2014 Eagles (10-6), 2013 Falcons (10-6), 2013 Cardinals ( 10–4), 2012 Bears (10–4), 2010 Giants (10–4), 2010 Buccaneers (10–4), 200 the Patriots (11–5), 2007 Brown (10–4), 2005 heads (10-6), 2003 Dolphins (10-6), 1991 Eagles (10-6) and 1991 49ers (10-6).