NFC playoff picture: Eagles take the top spot

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The Eagles’ win over the Rams on Sunday — along with the Vikings’ loss to the Panthers — earned Philadelphia the top spot in the NFC playoff race.

But while Philadelphia has the NFC East locked up, much of the rest of the playoff race is far from over. Here’s how it looks, with three games to go:

LEADERS
1. Eagles (11-2): They’ve clinched the NFC East, but Carson Wentz‘s injury cast a pall over Sunday’s win.

2. Vikings (10-3): Still nearly certain to win the NFC North, despite Sunday’s loss.

3. Rams (9-4): Still have the lead in the NFC West, but missed a big opportunity to earn home-field advantage in the playoffs.

4. Saints (9-4): The NFC South race is going down to the wire.

5. Panthers (9-4): A big win over the Vikings keeps the Panthers in good shape to make the playoffs.

6. Falcons (8-5): Still in the NFC South race, and a good bet to earn a wild card if they don’t win the division.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

7. Seahawks (8-5): The head-to-head loss to the Falcons hurts.

8. Lions (7-6): Detroit in all likelihood needs to win out to get a wild card.

9. Packers (7-6): Staying in contention without Aaron Rodgers, but they’re still a long shot.

10. Cowboys (7-6): Probably too far out to have a realistic chance at a wild card.

11. Cardinals (6-7): Played well against a playoff team in the Titans, but unfortunately for the Cardinals, it’s a lot easier to be a playoff team in the AFC than the NFC.

33 responses to “NFC playoff picture: Eagles take the top spot

  1. I said this a few weeks ago, and now it officially true. The Eagles are the Raiders from last year. After finishing 7-9, both jump onto the scene after one offseason. The Raiders were 12-2 when Carr went down, the Eagles are 11-2 right now after Wentz went down. Unfortunate for both teams, as they both looked poised to make some noise in the playoffs in those seasons. Hopefully the Eagles don’t make the same mistake as Oakland and fire the wrong coordinators this offseason though.

  2. The Lions are prolonging the fan’s misery. It’s hard to get behind them when you know they’re going to stick it to you.

  3. Dang, the Vikings missed a golden opportunity today to not only win the division but with Carson Wentz going out, have home field advantage throughout the playoffs

  4. It would have been awfully delicious for the Packers to lose to the Browns today effectively ending their season. But I’m almost glad they won now, cuz now Packer fans can get their hopes up for their savior to come back only to get throttled by a real team next week in the Panthers.

  5. Booth Review says:
    December 10, 2017 at 8:54 pm
    Looks like the Eagles are down a QB….

    Tell you what… We will trade you Sam Bradford for a 1st round pick and a 4th round pick?

    _________

    I see what you did there. Nice!

  6. With all the defensive and offensive losses Seattle has sustained, and no kicker, how are they still in competition for the playoffs? Darn shame if Wentz is out for the playoffs!

  7. If you look at the schedules, these next 3 weeks are going to be insane.

    If you look at the 5-10 spots, it goes:

    5. Panthers-Play the Packers, Bucs, @ Atlanta
    6. Falcons-@ Bucs, @ Saints, Panthers
    7. Seahawks- Rams, @ Cowboys (Zeke Return), Cardinals
    8. Lions- Bears, @ Bengals, Green Bay
    9. Packers-Play @ Carolina, Vikings, @ Detroit
    10. Cowboys- @ Oakland, Seattle, @ Philly

    HUGE changes for this playoff picture to change dramatically over the next 3 weeks, especially if Rodgers returns. Going to be fun to watch.

  8. What gives? Guess nobody wants to write about Seattle’s poor sportsmanship.

    Seattle’s defense during the closing out of the game (kneeling) was involved with cheap shots I haven’t seen since the Raiders in their glory days.

  9. Well folks with the Wentz injury it’s official now, the Green Bay Packers will be your NFC Super Bowl representatives.
    Thank you & goodnight.

  10. Have to see who the officials want to make the playoffs they seem to have a big influence this yr. Saints/atl game was a joke period. 30+ penalties in rams/eagles game. Officals and reply have become down right awful this yr. The leauge worrys about tarnishing the sheild by players but allows officals and nfl office to serve the american public a crap dinner served on it.

  11. eagles probably will take the 1st seed but they will get knock out in the divisional round and if the vikes can keep the 2nd seed and win in the divisonal round they will host the nfc championship at us bank stadium

  12. Viking fans hope the eagles are down. They also hope the Packers don’t make the playoffs, the Panthers lose Newton, Drew goes down in NO and whatever else they need to have teams weakened. The fans don’t want to face the best, they want a cake walk.

  13. People forget that with Rodgers, the Packers were 4-1. Wins over the Cowboys (with Zeke), SEA, CIN and CHI. They were set up not to lose for a good long while. With the health of the CBs and OLBs (again), their defense is going to continue to be porous. But if ARod and the offense can score 25-30 points a game that will take a TON of pressure off of the D too.

    Basically, GB has to win out and hope SEA loses either vs LAR or @ DAL (with Zeke) in 2 weeks.

  14. 8. Lions (7-6): Detroit in all likelihood needs to win out to get a wild card.

    9. Packers (7-6): Staying in contention without Aaron Rodgers, but they’re still a long shot.

    10. Cowboys (7-6): Probably too far out to have a realistic chance at a wild card.

    Three teams, same record, wildly different summaries. Sheesh. Yes the lions need to win out to get a wild card, but they could easily win out and get nothing. Exactly the same for the other two. Different “tied with one or more of the Panthers, Seahawks (Rams), Falcons scenarios” should make it hard to say who even has a better chance out of Detroit, Dallas, Green Bay.

  15. Lions might have the best opportunity to catch the last wild card if seattle and atlanta don’t lock it up. 2/3 are winnable games, and they already beat the packers. I think they are due to stick it to Green Bay, with or without Rodgers. I know it’s crazy but the Lions are in the best position to win the last wild card (if it’s still in play) simply because their schedule is in their favor.

  16. shlort says:
    December 10, 2017 at 10:12 pm
    Viking fans hope the eagles are down. They also hope the Packers don’t make the playoffs, the Panthers lose Newton, Drew goes down in NO and whatever else they need to have teams weakened. The fans don’t want to face the best, they want a cake walk.
    ———

    We lost our first and second string QBs and our starting RB who was leading the league when he went down.

    No one has ever seen us at our best so its pretty comical to see comments like yours which, sounds good in a vacuum, but if you shine a little light on it come across pretty silly.

  17. tinye67 says:
    December 10, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Dang, the Vikings missed a golden opportunity today to not only win the division but with Carson Wentz going out, have home field advantage throughout the playoffs

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    As a Vikings fan, yes, that all would have been nice. Unfortunately, our defense was a no-show today. Our offense was offensive. Case didn’t have time to pick his nose, and the play-calling on offense was beyond bizarre. That’s not to mention the multiple drops by our various receivers. Apparently, Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur must have also been injured during the game, since he didn’t know how to get his unit into the end zone. Oh, and as for kicking, just flip a coin as to whether our kicker will make a FG/EXP or not.

    If we would have won that game, that would have been the definition of stealing a game. Because except for a few plays, we were outplayed from beginning to end.

  18. Count-out the Eagles at your own peril. With this win today (orchestrated by Foles and inspired 4Q defense) the Eagles are in position to secure #1 seed in Week 16. After that they’ll only have to win two home (where they’re undefeated) playoff games to get to SB. Those game could very well be against Saints (who can’t win away from Dome) and Vikings/Case Keenum. I like Eagles chances. And then, possibly a SB meeting with Jags/Blake Bortles.

  19. The Jaguars Sea Gulls game is not as close as the score indicates. I hope the Cowboys can knock the Sea Gulls out of the playoffs when they meet later this season.

  20. Shinnbone says:
    December 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm
    Well folks with the Wentz injury it’s official now, the Green Bay Packers will be your NFC Super Bowl representatives.
    Thank you & goodnight.

    ——-

    Yea right. Even with Rodgers the Packers are not nearly as talented as Saints, Panthers, Vikings, Rams, Falcons. Plus their chances of even making the playoffs are slim to none.

  21. The Vikings will be fine. They finish the hell road game streak at 2-1 and can finish the season vs the Bengals, Packers, and Bears. Not guaranteed wins but atleast the Vikings have 2 of the next 3 at home.

  22. shlort says:
    December 10, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Viking fans hope the eagles are down. They also hope the Packers don’t make the playoffs, the Panthers lose Newton, Drew goes down in NO and whatever else they need to have teams weakened. The fans don’t want to face the best, they want a cake walk.
    ))))))))))))))))))))))
    Put down the Miller Lite buddy. Nice story.The Vikings aren’t concerned witht he packers at all this year. They are going no where.

  23. Seahawks are injured beyond repair with no running game. They can still make the playoffs but a deep run is unlikely, and even making the playoffs is iffy.

  24. The Lions have the best path to the playoffs, and Stafford will only get better as he gets healthier. THE YEAR OF THE CAT IS ALIVE AND KICKING!!!!!

    Also the Seahawks should be kicked out of the playoffs (if they even make it) for their behavior at the end of that game. Like one of the posters said above, it’s behavior we haven’t seen since the days of the Raiders at their worst. Abhorrent!

  25. theyearofthecat1 says:
    December 11, 2017 at 9:12 am
    The Lions have the best path to the playoffs, and Stafford will only get better as he gets healthier. THE YEAR OF THE CAT IS ALIVE AND KICKING!!!!!

    Also the Seahawks should be kicked out of the playoffs (if they even make it) for their behavior at the end of that game. Like one of the posters said above, it’s behavior we haven’t seen since the days of the Raiders at their worst. Abhorrent!

    ______________________________

    Being a Lions fan is Abhorrent!

    The Lions have been in serious decline for many years.

    Also:

    Playoff wins:
    Cutler 1
    Stafford 0

    Cutler is better than Stafford

  26. 9. Packers (7-6): Staying in contention without Aaron Rodgers, but they’re still a long shot.
    ————————————————————————-
    Hardly a long shot when he comes back this week, he’s been throwing 50 yds for weeks. Shouldn’t have put him on IR.

  27. usdcoyotesfan says:

    December 11, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    9. Packers (7-6): Staying in contention without Aaron Rodgers, but they’re still a long shot.
    ————————————————————————-
    Hardly a long shot when he comes back this week, he’s been throwing 50 yds for weeks. Shouldn’t have put him on IR
    ===================================================

    They have a 5% chance to make the playoffs…. FIVE percent.

    If that isn’t a long shot, what is?

  28. The Vikings played 5 of their last 6 games on the road (including a game in London) and went 5-1. I’ll take that every time. They can obviously compete with anyone in the league and have a good chance of getting a bye in the playoffs.
    The panthers were solid yesterday but 2 60+ runs is highly unlikely to happen against this defense again.
    It’s also reassuring that the Vikings have beaten 3 of the 5 current NFC playoff teams already this year

  29. Good lord, the Eagles are SO NOT “this year’s Raiders.” They’ve actually suffered *more* key injuries to guys at key positions than the Raiders. The Eagles have lost Jason Peters (LT), Darren Sproles (RB), Jordan Hicks (MLB), and key special teamers Caleb Sturgis and Chris Maragos. They also lost Ronald Darby for a significant portion of the season. But they have kept on winning, because they have a much more complete team that will continue to be competitive going forward.

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