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Week 16 Morning Aftermath: Bye-week bingo in the NFC

In the NFC, the playoff field is set.  The seeding of the six teams is anything but.

So while we know that the Saints, Vikings, Eagles, Cardinals, Packers, and Cowboys will be competing for a berth in Super Bowl XLIV, two of those teams could be the top seed — and a whopping five of them could be the No. 2 team.

If the Saints lose to the Panthers and the Vikings win their final two games (at Bears, Giants), Minnesota will bump New Orleans out of the top spot.  But the Vikings could also find themselves playing during wild-card weekend; if they lose only one of their last two and the Eagles beat the Cowboys, Philly will be the second seed.

If the Vikings lose twice, it gets even more interesting.  In that case, a win by the Eagles over Dallas puts Philly in the second seed.  If the Cowboys win, a victory by Arizona over Green Bay vaults the Cardinals into No. 2.  And if the Packers beat the Cardinals and the Cowboys beat the Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys will earn a bye.

Of course, if Minnesota beats the Bears on Monday night (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET), the Cardinals and Cowboys can forget about a bye.  But if the Vikings stumble at Soldier Field, jockeying for the NFC second seed will get very interesting.

Then again, maybe securing a bye isn’t a good thing.  Last year, the two teams that got a week off in the playoffs lost in the divisional round.

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50 Responses to “Week 16 Morning Aftermath: Bye-week bingo in the NFC”
  1. cusoman says: Dec 28, 2009 10:10 AM

    “Then again, maybe securing a bye isn’t a good thing. Last year, the two teams that got a week off in the playoffs lost in the divisional round.”
    Forget about last year. The Vikings securing a bye in the first round is important for one major reason: resting Favre.

  2. KingJoe! says: Dec 28, 2009 10:20 AM

    The Vikings need a bye only so they can be in the playoffs for one week longer. They are a mirage and will not win a playoff game this year. They will move to LA and Cowher will follow them. Farve is the white TO and a complete tool. I imagine in the upcoming years, we will find out this guy has been pulling a Tiger for the last 10-20 years.

  3. gallaghedj311 says: Dec 28, 2009 10:22 AM

    I hope Dallas ends up with the bye. Their ceremonious playoff choking would be that much more sweet. Although they would have to beat the Eagles next week and I just don’t see that happening. Big Red doesn’t lose often in December.
    44-6?
    Dallas hasn’t won a playoff game in…..well it will be 13 years tomorrow. Y’all ain’t won a playoff game in 4,746 days?
    This is when some Cowboys fan with a super fantastic memory reminds us all that they won a bunch of super bowls in the early 90s.
    What they won’t tell you is that the Eagles beat the Cowboys is their first meeting EVER. They also won’t tell you that the Eagles went on to win the Championship that year. Eagles fans can live in the past too, ya bastards!

  4. birdmancometh says: Dec 28, 2009 10:28 AM

    Yeah, i’ll take my chances with the bye week.
    Go Bears!

  5. birdmancometh says: Dec 28, 2009 10:30 AM

    Can you call Greg Aiello (or whatever his name is) and ask if it would be possible to loan McNabb to the Bears for tonight?

  6. Fan of Football says: Dec 28, 2009 10:42 AM

    Pack will be one n done

  7. DallasDeathStar says: Dec 28, 2009 10:47 AM

    @gallaghedj311
    WOW are you a peanut head! You hope Dallas get the buy???? That means beat the Eagles! Again …..LOL

  8. jx4cmario1 says: Dec 28, 2009 10:48 AM

    Vikes will beat the Bears by double digits, then it’s simply win and we’re at least a 2nd seed. Carolina looks tough as nails all of a sudden so the 1 seed doesn’t look all that far off either. The Vikes will have only themselves to blame if we’re not resting come wild card weekend.

  9. Hap says: Dec 28, 2009 10:57 AM

    What this Cowboy fan will tell you is The Eagles have NEVER won a Super Bowl. NEVER. 0-fer. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Aint happened.

  10. Calistin says: Dec 28, 2009 11:02 AM

    Resting Favre is stupid. He isn’t banged up and needs competition and repitition to stay in rhythm.
    If the Vikings have a bye, they will come out flat, overconfident, and without momentum.
    One and done in the divisional round. There is something to be said about peaking too early, and Minn has not looked at all like the same team they were in the 1st 1/2 of the season.
    Vikings, Favre, Chilly, all the makings for another classis choke fest.

  11. cusoman says: Dec 28, 2009 11:04 AM

    @Hap
    Well to be fair, neither have the Vikings :P
    I think we’re due for a team that hasn’t won it ever, to win it all for the first time. Will be good timing in the sense that it will show just how great the salary cap works in the NFL, giving any team the chance, without having to be loaded for bear.

  12. Favre On HGH says: Dec 28, 2009 11:07 AM

    Like the NFC teams much more than AFC, but it still looks like the AFC has better top seeded teams this year.

  13. birdmancometh says: Dec 28, 2009 11:11 AM

    Thats right Hap, but did you see anybody say they have won a super bowl?
    The question for you is: Are the Cowboys going to win the super bowl THIS year? Deep down, do you think they will A. Beat the Eagles on Sunday and B. Win the super bowl?
    I’m just curious to see where your confidence level is. If you say yes to both and one or both don’t happen then I expect you to take it like a man and admit to being wrong…

  14. Hooby says: Dec 28, 2009 11:34 AM

    its really frustrating when people are trying to have intellectual football debates and these cowboys fans just come in and say “WE WON 5 SUPERBOWLS AND THE EAGLES WON 0″ and even when people say “yeah but that was like 13 years ago and you havnt won a playoff game since then” a well thought out logical response should be coming, but all you hear is “WE WON 5 SUPERBOWLS AND THE EAGLES WON 0″. and then we’d be like “we beat the cowboys last year in a win-and-in situation” and then, like the trained parrots they are, say “WE WON 5 SUPERBOWLS AND THE EAGLES WON 0″.
    not that its very relevant, but i just thought id point it out.

  15. antneejay2 says: Dec 28, 2009 11:39 AM

    There’s no way the Eagles or any other team will beat the Cowboys. That’s because all Cowboy fans have five rings. They’re no ordinary rings either, they’re antiques.
    Besides, league rules clearly state that a win by another team over the Cowboys doesn’t count because Cowboys fans each have five rings. It says so right in the Bible.

  16. mattitude says: Dec 28, 2009 11:49 AM

    @antneejay2
    Hahahaha.
    Truer words have never been spoken.

  17. The Coop says: Dec 28, 2009 11:52 AM

    Eagles are the best team in the NFC, they are going to the Super Bowl.
    If you Eagles fans are annoyed with the Cowboys fans always saying “We got 5, you got none”… Steeler fans do the same thing.
    Pretty easy to understand when you consider that all Steelers and Cowboys fans are inbred and it’s “in the genes.”

  18. JimmySmith says: Dec 28, 2009 11:54 AM

    Fan of Football says:
    Pack will be one n done
    ========================
    Ah, so we hear from the ultimate Favre jock sniffer. Can’t handle that the Packers made it to the playoffs, so he reverts to this BS. The truth be told, look at Favre’s playoff stats from 2001 on and you will understand why the Packers cut ties with Favre, they were sick of being one and done with a choke artist under center.

  19. gallaghedj311 says: Dec 28, 2009 12:15 PM

    I say we change the name of the Superbowl back to the NFL championship. Maybe that will educate the dumbass Cowboy fans. But just the dumbass fans. I have no problem with the educated Dallas fans who can carry out an intelligent football conversation. Then, for one day, I can say that the Eagles have 3 rings to the Cowboys 0.
    Anyway, should be an excellent game next Sunday. Hope Vox doesn’t get abducted by aliens again like he did last year!!

  20. Hap says: Dec 28, 2009 12:25 PM

    Yes, I think they will A-Beat the Eags. I’m not sure about the B part but I think they are better than most give them credit for. Yes, I think they have a chance. Isn’t that all anybody can say now ? Answer=yes.
    It’s in the books so read ‘em and weep. 8 NFC Championships and 5 Super Bowl wins .

  21. jeff says: Dec 28, 2009 12:28 PM

    JimmySmith says:
    December 28, 2009 11:54 AM
    Fan of Football says:
    Pack will be one n done
    ========================
    Ah, so we hear from the ultimate Favre jock sniffer. Can’t handle that the Packers made it to the playoffs, so he reverts to this BS. The truth be told, look at Favre’s playoff stats from 2001 on and you will understand why the Packers cut ties with Favre, they were sick of being one and done with a choke artist under center.
    ====================
    Why is at all on Favre when they lost? Yet when the packers lose now it’s not Rodgers fault it’s a team game?
    You are a life loser.
    You sound like a guy who would shit in the top part of the toilet to me.

  22. DocBG says: Dec 28, 2009 12:50 PM

    Dunno if it would be better for the vikes to slide to wildcard weekend so we can beat the packers outta the playoffs there, or if one should cheer for the packers to advance a round or 2 and have the vikes knock them out of the playoffs then.
    At the start of the year i figured playing the pack a 3rd time would be poison, but know it looks like a great matchup, and one that the vikes would dominate, simply because you would see favre play at the highest level that he EVER has.
    pack will be one and done, vikes look built to make a VERY deep run, hopefully to miami.

  23. Ruvell100 says: Dec 28, 2009 12:57 PM

    @Jeff- It was not all Favre’s fault when he choked in the playoffs. It’s also not all because of Favre that the Packers had success.
    To apologists like “Fan of Favre,” when they lost, it was the team’s fault. When they won, Favre willed them to victory. I can understand it from the few Wisconsinites that still cling to the glory years and worship Favre. I can’t understand it from Vikings fans. You were 10-6 and won the division last year without him right?

  24. Contra says: Dec 28, 2009 1:18 PM

    The Packers will be one and done. The sun set on them a long time ago.

  25. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 28, 2009 1:35 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is a playoffs virgin. Like the virgin,he will get his cherry popped. Hope it don’t hurt too much Green Bay. One and done for sure.Muppet head will never be a great playoff qb. He will never have a endorsement like Wranglers or Sears. Maybe Chuck E. Cheese’s will work out a deal with him.

  26. pdub1970 says: Dec 28, 2009 1:40 PM

    Lets break down the NFC real quick (I’ll preface this by telling you I’m a Viking season ticket holder)
    Saints – 2 straight loses at home, could easily have lost 4 of last 5…will be 1 and done
    Packers – Peaking at the right time but do they have enough talent? Maybe next year, probably a third round exit (should beat Cardinals and Saints)
    Cowboys – Nice stadium…lose week 17 and 1st round to the same team, same venue.
    Philly – Scary team…will lose in the 2nd round at Minnesota (if the game would be in Philly, I’d be worried)…the Philly/Minnesota game will be one to watch…should be well played. Philly will lose because of back-to-back beatdowns of the Cowboys make them think they are better than they really are.
    Cardinals – not enough majic left from last year…one and done.
    Minnesota – limping in a little (mainly due the loss of their all pro middle linebacker), will get it together…beat Philly in the Divisional and laugh their way through the Packers (8 sacks again?). Will battle it out with the Chargers for Vince’s hardware.

  27. IBeatUpPervyHarvinAndTookHisLunchMoney says: Dec 28, 2009 1:57 PM

    pdub1970 – Your bias is showing. Minn/SD? Wrong on both counts.

  28. Supersuckers says: Dec 28, 2009 2:03 PM

    I now have recently realized how annoying the overused cliche’ “one and done” is. Every fan of every team is saying the saints are one and done the vikes are one and one the pack are one and done. the patriots are one and done. Its almost as annoying as “walk off home run”

  29. jeff says: Dec 28, 2009 2:07 PM

    Yeah Pdub we know it’s going to be the Packers and then the AFC won’t even show up because no one wants to face the Packers………..

  30. sand0 says: Dec 28, 2009 2:14 PM

    So if the Vikings lose in the playoffs it is a choke job? Man those haters must feel highly of our team if they feel it should win the superbowl and anything less is a choke. Thanks guys!

  31. FBGeek77 says: Dec 28, 2009 2:15 PM

    Well, here’s a die-hard, life-long Cowboys fan who won’t mention past Super Bowls. If you want to have a discussion about franchise histories, fine, let’s do that, but most folks care about this year. This year, no one’s won a Super Bowl or a championship, and that’s what matters.
    Do I think the Cowboys will beat the Eagles this week in Dallas? Yes. Do I think the Cowboys will win the NFC title? No. That will be the Eagles. The ‘Boys will get the regular-season sweep, just as they did against the Giants a few years ago. Then, when they met the Giants again in the playoffs, we all saw what happened. That’s how I expect it to go down this year.

  32. Hooby says: Dec 28, 2009 2:16 PM

    @pdub1970: very interesting stuff, but week 17 is philadelphia @ dallas.
    cards: everyone thought the cards would be one and done last year…not suggesting, just saying
    philly (my team, keep in mind): was confident they would go all the way, but without jackson ive got my doubts…still that defense is a brick wall when it needs to be and mcnabb is finally playing clutch
    minny: when it comes down to it, its reid vs childress. and childress hasnt quite become darth vader to andy reids obi wan yet, no matter how good his team is.
    pack: if they play minny, its a guaranteed one and done, but if not theyve got a shot…but its still not very likely.
    cowboys: whats their record in the playoffs?
    saints: those ‘almost losses’ are still wins, but they start looking much worse followed by ‘actual losses’
    eagles defeat chargers, 24-14, ive already called it before

  33. ShootingStar9 says: Dec 28, 2009 2:36 PM

    gallaghedj311 is scared to death of the Cowboys going on a roll, in fact, all you Cowboy haters are. You cannot deal with the NFL’s most beloved franchise riding in the saddle again.
    Enjoy the playoffs Amigos and sayonorra you Jerseyites.

  34. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 28, 2009 2:46 PM

    Of Green Bay’s six games against potential playoff teams , they only went 2-4. Not much to get excited about in Titty Town.

  35. ShootingStar9 says: Dec 28, 2009 2:53 PM

    @pdub1970: What is Philly’s record in the playoffs this year?
    0-0, Same as Dallas
    The Cowboys have sucked in the clutch the last number of years, I realize that, but this is a different team and seem to be gelling at the right time. Philly is tough and may be better, BUT maybe not. It should be fun.

  36. jeff says: Dec 28, 2009 3:05 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    December 28, 2009 2:03 PM
    I now have recently realized how annoying the overused cliche’ “one and done” is. Every fan of every team is saying the saints are one and done the vikes are one and one the pack are one and done. the patriots are one and done. Its almost as annoying as “walk off home run”
    ==================================
    The most overused cliche is: “It is what it is.”
    Kinda like high school and college girls with their
    ” I know, right?” line.
    Makes my skin crawl.

  37. Ruvell100 says: Dec 28, 2009 4:34 PM

    @Perv- I don’t know about Chuck E. Cheese, but I really don’t care about his endorsement deals as long as he wins games. I will say this, he ain’t getting any clothing deals. I’m still trying to figure out what the hell that jacket was he was wearing at his P.C. yesterday. Packers.com.

  38. Route36West says: Dec 28, 2009 4:38 PM

    Pdub1970 says:
    Philly – Scary team…will lose in the 2nd round at Minnesota (if the game would be in Philly, I’d be worried)…the Philly/Minnesota game will be one to watch…should be well played. Philly will lose because of back-to-back beatdowns of the Cowboys make them think they are better than they really are.
    __________________________________
    I respect your opinion obviously mine defers. I think the Eagles have just as good a chance of beating the Vikings in Minnesota as they do at home. First off Childress cant beat Reid. He seems to have a brain block against him or maybe he just hasn’t learned anything new since leaving philly so Andy knows exactly what hes going to do. Secondly Reid also has Farve’s number. Look at the Packers record with Farve against the Eagles since Reids been there during the regular season and playoffs its not good. Andy Reid was Farve’s qb coach and knows exactly how to exploit him.
    You add Reid’s extensive knowledge of the Vikings Leader(Farve) and his beotch (Chilly as he would say) plus his history in the early rounds of the playoffs (9-2 in wildcard/divisional rounds) and thats a bad mix for the Vikings.
    And thats only talking about what Andy brings to the table. I didnt even get into what our players can do.

  39. bustabloodvessel says: Dec 28, 2009 4:51 PM

    As a Vikings fan I must say the thought of playing the Packers in the playoffs is a little scary. You never know with division games like that, and as hard as it is to beat a team twice in one year, it’s harder to beat one 3 times, especially one thta is playing fairly well at the moment. I think we would win, but you just never know with these types of games.

  40. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 28, 2009 5:02 PM

    Ruvell100 – LOL!! What the hell was that?? A Dutch Members Only jacket?? Remember,Favre taught him the ropes about dressing for press conferences. Did you see Bert come out this week with a towel over his shoulder? I though WTF is up with that Bert? The freshly showered look?Gonna take a shower look? I’m a waiter look?

  41. Beer Cheese Soup says: Dec 28, 2009 5:31 PM

    I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but…
    Go Bears.

  42. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 28, 2009 5:44 PM

    Ruvell100- Look into Marc Ecko or Guess jackets. They pimp those styles.

  43. Pervy_Harvin says: Dec 28, 2009 6:01 PM

    Beer Cheese Soup- LOL Dream on! Bears will not win tonight cheese…nice thought though huh?

  44. Contra says: Dec 28, 2009 7:12 PM

    Beer Cheese Soup says:
    December 28, 2009 5:31 PM
    I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but…
    Go Bears.
    ———
    I think its pretty sad when Packer fans have to cheer on otherwise hated teams to beat us just because they couldnt do it during the 2 opportunities they had this season.

  45. PurpleNGold says: Dec 28, 2009 9:58 PM

    Florio, may I suggest topic number 10?
    no, it cannot be!
    not quite clinging to the edge,
    Vikes circle the drain.

  46. Beer Cheese Soup says: Dec 28, 2009 10:32 PM

    Pervy_Harvin says:
    Beer Cheese Soup- LOL Dream on! Bears will not win tonight cheese…nice thought though huh?
    ____________________________________
    They seem to be doing fine so far..
    Contra says:
    I think its pretty sad when Packer fans have to cheer on otherwise hated teams to beat us just because they couldnt do it during the 2 opportunities they had this season.
    ____________________________________
    You’re right, it’s sad. Unfortunately, it’s where we are, and we more than likely need the Bears to win if we want to have that third opportunity.

  47. meezle says: Dec 28, 2009 11:05 PM

    Eagles fan here
    Hate to say it but the Boys look good. Last year was last year and they are playing lights out now. Don’t want to play them twice in a row.
    Eagles have the potential to all the way, but so do the boys

  48. Stinemonster says: Dec 29, 2009 1:13 AM

    antneejay2 says:
    December 28, 2009 11:39 AM
    That’s because all Cowboy fans have five rings. They’re no ordinary rings either, they’re antiques.
    _____________
    I will take the 5 rings over 0. Even being Antique.
    Antique, Ha. That is funny.

  49. Supersuckers says: Dec 29, 2009 9:27 AM

    Pervy_Harvin says:
    December 28, 2009 6:01 PM
    Beer Cheese Soup- LOL Dream on! Bears will not win tonight cheese…nice thought though huh?
    ——-
    Pervy,
    GO BUY A NEW CRYSTAL BALL!!!!!!!

  50. Oldschool_Blue says: Dec 29, 2009 5:36 PM

    The W-L record Favre had at Lambeau when the weather was below freezing is a thing of the past. For the past few years, Favre’s been much better in good weather, especially indoors. I think it’s important for the Vikings chances to advance to secure home field for as many games as possible. NO plays indoor as well, and they can’t catch NO anyway. But I don’t see the Vikings winning at Philadelphia, or at GB again, in January.

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