NFC Report: cloudy with a chance of playoffs
With just two weeks left in the NFL’s regular season, the playoff off picture is still nebulous in the NFC. Some teams control their destiny. Their performance in these final weeks will determine if they make the playoffs. Other teams need to play well and pray for other teams to lose.
Here is the breakdown:
NFC South – I am going to start with the South because it is has the least amount of drama. The New Orleans Saints (10-4) and Carolina Panthers (10-4) have the same overall record, but in the division New Orleans is 4-0 and Carolina is 3-1. The Panthers’ one loss came from New Orleans. They play again this Sunday. The Saints have control; they just need to win on Sunday. Yes, it is a “must watch” game.
NFC West – The Seattle Seahawks (12 – 2) are leading the division and have secured a playoff spot, but they have not won the division. If they beat the Arizona Cardinals (9-5) on Sunday, they will. The San Francisco 49ers (10-4) still have a chance to win the division as well. If the Seahawks lose their final two games and the 49ers win their final two games, the 49ers will win the division. The Cardinals cannot win the division, but if they close the season 11-5 and the 49ers finish 10-6, they could be in the playoffs, pending what happens in the South.
NFC East – The Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) are leading the division right now, but the Dallas Cowboys (7-7) could win the division. They close the season against two teams that they have already beaten, the Eagles and the Washington Redskins. They just need to beat Washington on Sunday and Philadelphia at home in the last regular season game. Philadelphia is in the same situation. Win Sunday against the Chicago Bears and the finale against the Cowboys and they will be in the playoffs. Both teams just need to focus on winning.
NFC North – The Chicago Bears (8-8) are in first place alone. The Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) are in second, followed by the Detroit Lions (7-7) in third. The Chicago Bears just need to win. It will not be so easy because the Packers need to do the same thing. They will play each other on the last Sunday of the season. When the teams met last month, Packers’ quarterback, Aaron Rodgers injured his collarbone and Chicago won. The Detroit Lions’ playoff hopes are not only reliant on their performance. They need to win their remaining games and hope that both Chicago and Green Bay lose a game.
Lots of drama and angst, but the games will be good!
Get in the game!