So what does Essendon's suspension from the finals mean? For one thing, it doesn't discount West Coast.
From the top, it doesn't affect positions first to sixth with one round left, and Collingwood (sixth) now can't drop lower.
The Magpies (14 wins) are two wins clear of Port Adelaide, who now take over Essendon's seventh position and also can't be budged. They will still face an away final in the first week.
Carlton (10 wins) move into eighth place, ahead of Brisbane who are also on 10 wins but with a large percentage deficit on the Blues - 107.0 to 89.1.
It means Brisbane must beat Geelong this week and rely on Port Adelaide beating Carlton.
North Melbourne, now 10th with nine wins, have the best percentage, so if they beat Collingwood, and Carlton and Brisbane lose, the Kangaroos make the finals.
The same goes for Adelaide (now 11th on nine wins). They have to make up percentage (3.3) to overtake Carlton, so the scenario for the Crows is to beat West Coast well, and rely on Carlton losing by several goals and Brisbane and North Melbourne losing - and they're in.
And finally, to West Coast - they can miraculously make it if they beat Adelaide by at least 12 goals, North Melbourne and Brisbane lose and Carlton are thrashed by Port by at least 12 goals. Stranger things have happened.