NFC playoff picture: Shakeup Sunday

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The NFC playoff picture remained unchanged for a couple of weeks, but we knew things would look different once Week 13 was in the books.

Six of the top seven teams in the conference were involved in games against each other, including the Eagles-Seahawks game in Seattle that put Sunday’s action to bed. The Seahawks won, which ended the Eagles’ nine-game winning streak, pushed the Seahawks into playoff position and bumped the Vikings up to the top spot in the conference.

Things will get shaken up again in Week 14. Thursday’s Falcons-Saints game is the first of three involving teams in the top seven of a rapidly changing NFC playoff picture.

1. Vikings (10-2): The Vikings hold a strength of victory tiebreaker over the Eagles and can press their advantage with a win in Carolina next Sunday.

2. Eagles (10-2): They’ll stay in California to prepare for a game against the Rams that they need to win to remain in position for a first-round bye.

3. Rams (9-3): They’ve clinched their first winning season since 2003 and now the Rams will face the Eagles and Seahawks in the next two weeks as they try to nail down the NFC West.

4. Saints (9-3): Sweeping the Panthers gives them a firm grasp on the NFC South.

5. Seahawks (8-4): The Seahawks are the only team in the NFC’s top seven to face a team outside the top seven in Week 14, but a trip to Jacksonville may not offer any respite ahead of their Week 15 showdown with the Rams.

6. Panthers (8-4): Winning the division got a lot more difficult on Sunday, but a win against the Vikings at home next Sunday would keep them right on track for the playoffs.

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7. Falcons (7-5): They fell out of a Wild Card spot with Sunday’s loss and finding a way to win against New Orleans Thursday may be essential to climbing back in.

8. Lions (6-6): The Lions continue to be trending in the wrong direction.

9. Packers (6-6): Aaron Rodgers practiced on Saturday, but can’t play until at least Week 15 so Brett Hundley will tangle with the Browns in Week 14.

10. Cowboys (6-6): They’re still breathing after last Thursday’s win and get the crumbling Giants next Sunday.

11. Washington (5-7): A playoff berth isn’t in the cards, but they can play spoiler for the Chargers in Week 14.

12. Cardinals (5-7): They’re staring at a second straight year out of the playoffs in Arizona.

13. Buccaneers (4-8): A season that opened with playoff hopes will end in Week 17.

14. Bears (3-9): They did the Giants’ draft board a favor by falling to the 49ers on Sunday.

15. 49ers (2-10): Jimmy Garoppolo‘s first start was a winning one and the 49ers are out of the basement.

16. Giants (2-10): Are the Giants worse on the field or off of it?

58 responses to “NFC playoff picture: Shakeup Sunday

  1. .
    It’s like I said in preseason :

    ” Come December, the top three teams in the NFC will be led by Case Keenum, Carson Wentz and Jeff Goff, in that order”
    .

  2. Hat’s off too the vike’s. They are the class of the NFC and will probably play the supes bowl at home. Wish we had Zim coaching the pack. Instead we have MacArthur who isn’t good. Go pack

  3. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:14 am
    Hat’s off too the vike’s. They are the class of the NFC and will probably play the supes bowl at home. Wish we had Zim coaching the pack. Instead we have MacArthur who isn’t good. Go pack

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    Vikings fan^^^^^^^

    No we dont really wish we had Zimmer coaching the pack. There are better coaches out there.

  4. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:14 am
    Hat’s off too the vike’s. They are the class of the NFC and will probably play the supes bowl at home. Wish we had Zim coaching the pack. Instead we have MacArthur who isn’t good. Go pack
    ___________________________________________________________

    Give it a rest and just be happy with your team dude. Vikings have the best team they’ve had in years. All around they look solid, week in and week out. Enjoy the ride and quite worrying about any other team. No, I don’t want to see you guys get home field throughout with a Home Field SB, but dang with the way they are playing not sure anyone can match that right now. The great thing about the NFL, just when you think you have it figured out, you don’t.

  5. andrwken says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:33 am
    numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:14 am
    Hat’s off too the vike’s. They are the class of the NFC and will probably play the supes bowl at home. Wish we had Zim coaching the pack. Instead we have MacArthur who isn’t good. Go pack

    ————

    Vikings fan^^^^^^^

    No we dont really wish we had Zimmer coaching the pack. There are better coaches out there.

    ______

    Bitter Bengals fan^^^^

  6. GB has a chance, provided we win out. After the browns, AR is probably coming back. We all know hes capable of beating any of the teams left.

    The Panthers, Falcons, Seahawks all have some losable games on the docket, so it is possible. GB has beaten Seattle already and they play the Panthers. Viking fans shouldn’t be scared at all right? You’re in no matter what, so why care?

    toodlez

  7. Poor Vikings fans, we all know how this will end….. On top of that the NFL would never let a team play a SB in their home stadium. Not enough money generated, need the out of towners to fill the hotels, bars and restaurants for a week.

    farve throws back across the field…… intercepted. this isn’t Detroit man this is the SB

  8. I love that this Viings team is battle tested, and have passed every test/challenge that has come their way. Now just need to stay reasonably healthy for this stretch run and keep winning games! SKOL and Mission Minneapolis!

  9. Unless the Panthers or Saints fall off the wagon which I don’t see happening I think the playoff teams that are in right now are going to be the same come January. The seeding however is going to be different, but the teams will remain the same. Seahawks will take the NFCW and that will push the RAMs into that wildcard round. Which will make for a great Wildcard round Carolina at Seattle; LA at NOLA….strange Seahawks had the same schedule in 2013, played Carolina in Divisional Round….can it be.

  10. GB has a chance, provided we win out. After the browns, AR is probably coming back. We all know hes capable of beating any of the teams left.

    please. they win against the bucs and the bears (whats that, 7-17 combined?) out of the last six games, and suddenly they could beat anyone with AR. While AR basically is the team, he alone is not enough to beat the Saints, Vikings, Eagles, or Falcons (as evidenced earlier this year with Rodgers). I can understand this line of thinking as a fan, but theres a growing notion that the good NFC teams should be worried about the Packers with AR possibly coming back, and i just don’t feel it this year

  11. Philly is benefiting from playing an easy schedule….they have played 2 teams with a winning record (Carolina and Seattle) and are 1-1 against them. The other 10 teams they have played have a combined record of 45-75 (.375), with 7 of the 10 being below .500.

    There are no sub .500 teams come playoff time to beat up on!

  12. winningisabrees says:
    December 4, 2017 at 9:25 am
    Poor Vikings fans, we all know how this will end….. On top of that the NFL would never let a team play a SB in their home stadium. Not enough money generated, need the out of towners to fill the hotels, bars and restaurants for a week.

    farve throws back across the field…… intercepted. this isn’t Detroit man this is the SB

    Because SO MANY local fans get/can afford Superbowl tickets. Get a clue. Those hotels have been sold out since the day the game was announced to be in Minneapolis.

  13. It’s good to be King….of the NFC. Waiting for ESPN to rank the Vikings outside the top 5 again…keep doubting all the way to Zimmer hoisting the Superbowl Trohpy…SKOL

  14. tinye67 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 9:34 am
    The NFL will never allow the Vikings to play in the Super Bowl at home. I don’t know exactly how….but they won’t allow it.

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    The NFL won’t need to worry…..the Vikings will solve that issue on their own….just as they always do

  15. Poor Vikings fans, we all know how this will end….. On top of that the NFL would never let a team play a SB in their home stadium. Not enough money generated, need the out of towners to fill the hotels, bars and restaurants for a week.

    farve throws back across the field…… intercepted. this isn’t Detroit man this is the SB

    >>>

    Dreaming can be fun for the fools that want to bet against us.
    We’ve handled all the best offenses in the NFC minus the Eagles with ease.
    The biggest games of our season still lay ahead.

    No team has ever been in a conference championship game that is also hosting the super bowl, so stating the NFL will never allow it to happen is stupid because no team has ever been in position to accomplish it before.

  16. winningisabrees says:
    December 4, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Poor Vikings fans, we all know how this will end….. On top of that the NFL would never let a team play a SB in their home stadium. Not enough money generated, need the out of towners to fill the hotels, bars and restaurants for a week.

    ÷÷÷÷÷

    Last I checked the NFL doesn’t own any hotels, bars, or restaurants in Minneapolis so that logic makes zero sense.

  17. This is way too early to know how things will play out. But, with the Eagles loss, the Vikings could potentially earn home field throughout the playoffs. In a year that the SB is played in their stadium. And, irony alert, the NFC will be designated the AWAY team in this year’s SB. So, they have the potentially to not only be the first team to play a SB on their own field, but would do so as technically the AWAY team. Again, way too early to know how things will play out, but it would be a funny twist to not be the home team on your own field.

  18. Sad… but at the same time happy the Lions won’t be falling into a playoff spot… 4 reasons
    1) Caldwell can’t claim success for it as if his staff earned it
    2) We get to see if Quinn is actually a GM… or another excuse making GM figure head
    3) We get to see if Martha was serious about winning in her speech two years ago
    4) Lions may go out and get an actual running game and stop listening to Caldwell

  19. winningisabrees says:
    December 4, 2017 at 9:25 am
    Poor Vikings fans, we all know how this will end….. On top of that the NFL would never let a team play a SB in their home stadium. Not enough money generated, need the out of towners to fill the hotels, bars and restaurants for a week.

    farve throws back across the field…… intercepted. this isn’t Detroit man this is the SB

    Says a Saints fan. Call it early in the season or “just week 1”, but the Vikings whipped the Saints – the 29-19 score didn’t show the true nature of the beating the Vikes put on the Saints. Then they lost to the patriots, another top 3 team, then went on to beat a bunch of scrub teams until losing to the rams, who had just been beaten decisively by the vikings. viking fans might understand, amongst ourselves, not to get ahead of ourselves, but coming from a saints fan? worry about your own second tier team first.

  20. andrwken says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:33 am
    numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:14 am
    Hat’s off too the vike’s. They are the class of the NFC and will probably play the supes bowl at home. Wish we had Zim coaching the pack. Instead we have MacArthur who isn’t good. Go pack

    ————

    Vikings fan^^^^^^^

    No we dont really wish we had Zimmer coaching the pack. There are better coaches out there.

    /////////////

    Don’t think so, Zim will win coach of the year.

  21. exinsidetrader says:
    December 4, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Rams: What a difference going from a terrible coach to a not terrible coach makes.
    ————————————————————————————–
    Yeah Fish is never going to get a job again.

  22. Imagine that, the Eagles aren’t looking as good when they finally play against a real opponent. Oh, and that real opponent was missing Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.

  23. It’s great to see the Purple on top.

    The season thus far has been a great story of resiliency in the face of key injuries at QB/RB and in the dogfights with good teams. This team has shown a LOT of character, not only in how they play their games (ie Thanksgiving WWF “keep the Lions in the game”) but also how they players handle the status of their roles. In this world of Me, Myself & I, with many divas in the media…..you are not seeing that in Minny.

    The media can kill some segments by talking about .500 teams making the playoffs, but this is not the AFC. In a week or 2, those teams will be irrelevant to playoff discussion in spite of the cognitive dissonance of their fans.

    Now is not the time to get over-confident. Team needs to stay focused as we are facing another playoff team who is desperately vying for playoff position.

  24. leatherface2012 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    GET GREEN BAY OFF THE LIST.. GOOD LORD, THEY HAVE TO LEAPFROG 4 TEAMS
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Your fear is palpable… and delicious.

  25. give the new orleans whodats a chance at the vikings and we’ll expose keenum. especially if the saints get homefield advantage, thats a wrap.
    Lord Breesus, lead a mighty host of whodats out of wandering and into the promised land. In twodats name we pray, amen.

  26. The Almighty Cabbage says:

    December 4, 2017 at 11:35 am

    leatherface2012 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    GET GREEN BAY OFF THE LIST.. GOOD LORD, THEY HAVE TO LEAPFROG 4 TEAMS
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Your fear is palpable… and delicious.
    \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    and your team still stinks……

    #13screws

  27. flviking says:

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    Don’t think so, Zim will win coach of the year.
    *********************************************************************************************

    Zim is deserving, but the turnaround from Jeff Fisher to Sean McVay is astounding.

    Rams went from out of the playoffs & 3rd in the NFC West to now….sitting as the 3rd seed in the NFC on top of their division.

  28. The Almighty Cabbage says:

    December 4, 2017 at 11:35 am

    leatherface2012 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:59 am

    GET GREEN BAY OFF THE LIST.. GOOD LORD, THEY HAVE TO LEAPFROG 4 TEAMS
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Your fear is palpable… and delicious.
    ======================================

    There is no fear of GB. None. With or without AR. Keep telling yourself its true, if that helps you sleep at night. It still won’t make it come true.

    That you think AR comes back and beats the panthers, Vikings and lions is the height of comedy. Your team was done when Aaron walked into A.Barr.

    Sorry we broke your QB.

  29. andrwken says:
    December 4, 2017 at 8:33 am

    No we dont really wish we had Zimmer coaching the pack. There are better coaches out there.
    _______

    There probably are, but we know that Mike McCarthy isn’t one of them.

  30. It is very possible that the NFC will have four teams with 10-3 records next week, with two 9-4 teams right behind them. I can’t remember a year when a conference was so top-heavy.

  31. Ultimate Cowboys fan here. With the Philly loss last night I think it probably ended our shot at the playoffs. Beating the Raiders, Seahawks, and Philly to end of the season is not something I think they can do. It’s looking like another 8-8 season. Therefore a crap draft pick and our Vanilla coaching staff will be back. I would love to see what McDaniels could do with the weapons on offense. The only shortcoming is they need a deep threat a speed guy.

  32. “Zim is deserving, but the turnaround from Jeff Fisher to Sean McVay is astounding.

    Rams went from out of the playoffs & 3rd in the NFC West to now….sitting as the 3rd seed in the NFC on top of their division.”

    This sounds good, until you realize that everything you just posted about the Rams can be said of the Vikings.

    Well, except that the Vikings aren’t the current #3 seed.

    In case you missed it, the Vikings are #1.

    McVay has done an excellent job.

    Zimmer has done better, without his starting QB and RB.

    Advantage Zimmer.

  33. Don’t listen to the Sour Grapes Trolls. For the first time Minnesota has really earned the top spot. They have already won IN Atlanta,and beaten superb teams in the Rams and Saints.
    The NFC Central usually had a guaranteed 5-7 wins a year, The NFCN is somewhat better, Those years are gone. Most of the playoff games Minnesota were in was only because of a soft Division, they probably shouldn’t have been in there. This year is much different The Vikings are complete in every phase. A Home field advantage is not out of reach, No matter how much you guys wish it wasn’t. Have you been watching the 2nd Halves of those games, when Minnesota wears teams down?

  34. As a Hawks fan, I have to pull for the Rams this week unfortunately. It’s more important in my eyes that the Hawks get a top 2 seed than it is to just make the playoffs. If Rams beat Eagles, and Seattle beats the Jags, then beats the rams the following week, we ultimately hold the tie breaker over both eagles and rams. Obviously the Seahawks need to win out to make any of this matter, which is a bit of a stretch, but it never hurts to hope!

  35. angrydave38 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 9:28 am
    Matt Ryan is a system QB and has consistently shown throughout his career that he cannot beat top teams.

    There I said it.
    ————————
    I agree. They beat the Cheeseheads, afterall.

  36. exinsidetrader says:
    December 4, 2017 at 6:22 am
    Rams: What a difference going from a terrible coach to a not terrible coach makes

    //////////////

    Makes you wonder if this change happened in St Louis if the Rams would still be there.

  37. Next week the Vikings clinch the NFC North with a victory over the Panthers.
    Packers go remain 2 games back with only 3 games left after the Browns pick up their first win.

    Following week the Rogers led Packers lose to the Panthers Packers all but mathematically eliminated.

    Following week the Vikings take care of the mathematics by taking care of the Packers with Rogers again.

  38. I thought Green Bay fans were the worst ever, and they just trolled Viking fans into being annoying. But, it turns out Vikings fans, with just a smidge of success, are just as completely insufferable. They truly belong together up there lost in the cold

  39. The NFL is always trying to save money and this year Vikings will help them out. This year one of the endzones in the superbowl will not need to be painted.

  40. The Packers are heating up just like around this time last year and they’ll come back to make the playoffs again. #RunTheTable

  41. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 4, 2017 at 11:03 pm
    The Packers are heating up just like around this time last year and they’ll come back to make the playoffs again.
    ######

    When did winning one game in OT over a last place team constitute “heating up”?

    Or are you referring to winning two games over last place teams while losing five other games as “heating up”?

  42. Most obnoxious fanbases:

    Vikings/Patriots (t)
    Packers
    Cowboys
    Steelers
    Redskins
    Seahawks (my fave team but jeez, sometimes)
    Raiders

    I wrote this as a gut reaction, with no real thought. Just asked myself, “who do I find truly obnoxious?”
    It makes sense that the winningest teams, historically, all find their way to the top. But then there’s the Vikings fans, who have never won anything and yet never stop talking about how great their team is. Homefield advantage, this is the year, Zimmer is a genius, best defense in football…where have I heard this before? Oh yeah, after a 5-0 start in 2016, a year they didn’t even make the playoffs. And now they just can’t help themselves, they have to say it all again, they learn nothing, ever.

    I must hand it to Eagles fans. They haven’t been nearly as obnoxious as I would have expected. Seems they actually have learned a thing or two in life. There are still a few turds but mostly, all class. Would be great if WAS/DAL fans took note

  43. aj66shanghai says:
    December 5, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Most obnoxious fanbases:

    Vikings/Patriots (t)
    Packers
    Cowboys
    Steelers
    Redskins
    Seahawks (my fave team but jeez, sometimes)
    Raiders

    I wrote this as a gut reaction, with no real thought. Just asked myself, “who do I find truly obnoxious?”
    It makes sense that the winningest teams, historically, all find their way to the top. But then there’s the Vikings fans, who have never won anything and yet never stop talking about how great their team is. Homefield advantage, this is the year, Zimmer is a genius, best defense in football…where have I heard this before? Oh yeah, after a 5-0 start in 2016, a year they didn’t even make the playoffs. And now they just can’t help themselves, they have to say it all again, they learn nothing, ever.

    I must hand it to Eagles fans. They haven’t been nearly as obnoxious as I would have expected. Seems they actually have learned a thing or two in life. There are still a few turds but mostly, all class. Would be great if WAS/DAL fans took note
    ——————————————-
    From my experience the most obnoxious are the Cowboys which just happen to be the least knowledgeable.
    Seriously, I have asked some Cowboys fans “who do you guys play next week?”
    The answer; “whoever it is they’re in for a beat-down.”

  44. Facing both the Jags, and Cowboys after Zeke’s return, both on the road, then LA at home, might Seattle have the toughest remaining schedule?

  45. Max Goop you must be new to the NFL. The Vikings have enjoyed more than “a smidge of success”.
    In the modern era the Vikings have competed for the conference championship in every decade of their existence.They never took multiple decades off like the packers,Pats,Bears, Chiefs,Dolphins, Raiders. The fact that they never won a Super Bowl doesn’t make them a loser franchise or new to having some success.

  46. winningisabrees says:
    December 4, 2017 at 9:25 am
    Poor Vikings fans, we all know how this will end….. On top of that the NFL would never let a team play a SB in their home stadium. Not enough money generated, need the out of towners to fill the hotels, bars and restaurants for a week.

    farve throws back across the field…… intercepted. this isn’t Detroit man this is the SB

    What a pathetic thing to say. The NFL wouldnt allow? Are saying the NFL if fixed? Get real. The NFL would make money regardless. Its the city of Minneapolis is what wouldnt get as much business. The NFL loves a good story….playing in the Superbowl in your own place is as good as any..

  47. Funny how the Vikes fans quickly forget that the Saints were very likely going to play a home SB, and woops, trumped up bountygate! You know, the least penalized team being accused of doing what every other NFL team was doing? The NFL will find a way to stop you, trust.

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