Path to any team in a wildcard round

Now let’s get into teams that have already achieved their respective divisions. It is impossible for New England to host any of these teams in the wildcard round.

Kansas City Chiefs
Obviously, this would be a tough first round matchup for the Patriots and rookie quarterback Mac Jones. Yes, New England knows how to play against Kansas City, but a road game with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs is a worst-case scenario.
— Patriots losing to dolphins
— Chiefs beat Denver Broncos
— Tennessee Titans beat Houston Texans
— Las Vegas Raiders beat Los Angeles Chargers
— Indianapolis Colts beat Jacksonville Jaguars

(Note: This can also happen if New England, Buffalo and Cincinnati all win and Kansas City lose.)

Tennessee Titans
Another tough matchup for the Patriots. New England won the regular season meeting between the two teams, but the Titans were severely understaffed and it now looks like they have Derrick Henry back for the postseason.
— Chiefs beat Broncos
— Titans beat Texans
— Patriots losing to dolphins
— Colts beat Jaguars
– Chargers beat Raiders

Cincinnati Bengals
You could argue that this is the most desirable of all likely first-round matchups for the Patriots. That, of course, depends on how you feel about the Bengals, who are not used to this playoff thing. It’s worth noting that star quarterback Joe Burrow isn’t fitting in this weekend and Joe Mixon is walking back reportedly won’t play, one of both.
— Patriots beat dolphins
— Bills beat Jets
— Bengals lose to Cleveland Browns

Finally, let’s take a look at teams still hoping for wildcards. The Patriots could only host these teams in the wildcard round.

Las Vegas Raiders
Yes, the Raiders still have a shot at making the playoffs. No, we don’t believe they can enter Foxboro, Massachusetts and win a playoff game. Also, as you will see, there is almost no way this game takes place.
— Patriots beat dolphins
— Losing bills to Jets
– Either Titans or Chiefs lose (not both)
— Colts losing to Jaguars
– Raiders and Chargers tie

Los Angeles Chargers
Given New England’s recent success against the Chargers, Patriots fans probably wouldn’t have a problem with this matchup. The Los Angeles offense is dangerous, but quarterback Justin Herbert has yet to resolve a defense from Bill Belichick.
— Patriots beat dolphins
— Losing bills to Jets
— Titans beat Texans
— Chiefs beat Broncos
— Colts beat Jaguars
– Chargers beat Raiders

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