Welcome one and all to one of my favorite times of the NFL season. It is week 12 of the season, which means it’s time to introduce you to the NFL Playoff Machine.

Every year with around six weeks to go in the season, ESPN launches its Playoff Machine. This handy device allows you to predict the winner of every game for the rest of the NFL season, and it will tell you what the playoffs would look like if all of your results happened in real life.

It’s a brilliant tool for working out playoff scenarios and predictions. We’re going to use it for something a little more fun. I am going to create the craziest possible scenarios for the NFL playoffs using the machine, and share a few of them with you below.

With six weeks to go, 31 teams are still mathematically alive for a playoff spot. The 0-10 Cincinnati Bengals are the only squad we won’t be able to scheme into a playoff spot using the machine. So with that in mind, let’s get started.