ADELAIDE has not lifted its focus beyond simply making the eight, despite inflicting a 112-point thrashing on Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
The win boosted the Crows' percentage to 111.4 and kept them within striking distance of a home final if they can finish fifth or sixth.
Coach Scott Camporeale knows however the club still has work to do to cement a spot in the finals, with home games against the Brisbane Lions and West Coast and an end of season trip to Geelong remaining.
"For us our focus is to make the eight, and wherever we finish we will play against the team we earn the right to play against and we will go from there," Camporeale said.
The Crows have regained impressive form over the past two weeks with wins against Richmond and Essendon and the return to top form of playmakers Patrick Dangerfield and Eddie Betts.
Camporeale said it was pleasing to see Betts back to his best after an inconsistent patch of form describing the small forward as a "human highlight reel".
"He's a freak," Camporeale said.
Betts kicked five goals, topping off his performance with a set shot goal from close to the impossible angle deep in the forward pocket next to the Essendon players' race.
Dangerfield was dynamic throughout and finished with 27 disposals, three goals and 15 contested possessions, but Camporeale said he was most impressed with the fact the Crows had 21 even contributors.
"[We're a] 'team first' footy club. He's [Dangerfield's] got great support with other midfielders around him, but I thought it was a real team display today," Camporeale said.
The coach urged his players at three-quarter time to be ruthless and play out the game to the end despite holding a 58-point lead.
He said he did not mention percentage as motivation, but eleven goals to two in the last quarter delivered that anyway.
"I challenged the group in terms of being ruthless. This industry is ruthless so I wanted them to finish the game out," Camporeale said.
"We didn't mention [percentage] at three-quarter time. [It was] more about doing the job and finishing the game strongly. Those things will take care of themselves."
The Crows did not let him down booting their highest ever last quarter of 11.1 (67), eclipsing their 10.4 (64) final term against Greater Western Sydney in round 16, 2012.
It was also the Crows' seventh-highest winning margin (112 points), their equal eighth-highest score (171 points), and their second highest score at Etihad Stadium.
It was also just the third time the Crows had recorded 14 goalkickers in a match.
Those are statistics Camporeale can add to his resume, even if he is not appointed senior coach in 2016.
Not that he's looking that far ahead or trying to convince anyone he wants the job made vacant after the death of Phil Walsh.
"I'm just doing my bit and we'll wait on those decisions until the end of the year," Camporeale said.