NFC playoff picture: Saints move into first

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The Rams are no longer atop the NFC playoff race.

The Saints won on Thanksgiving night to pull into a tie for the top of the NFC standings with the Rams. The Saints own the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two teams.

That means if the Saints can win out, they clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Rams need someone to knock off the Saints.

Here’s how the playoff picture looks after Thanksgiving:

LEADERS
1. Saints (10-1): They have a tough schedule the rest of the way, so 15-1 won’t be easy.

2. Rams (10-1): They have an easy schedule the rest of the way, so they still have a good chance of finishing ahead of the Saints in the standings.

3. Bears (8-3): The inside track to the No. 3 seed, but catching the Rams or Saints for a bye will not be easy.

4. Cowboys (6-5): Now owns first place in the NFC East thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker over Washington.

5. Panthers (6-4): Still atop the wild card race, but the schedule ahead is tough.

6. Vikings (5-4-1): If they keep winning, they maintain a half-game lead in the wild card race.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Washington (6-5): They won’t make the playoffs if Colt McCoy keeps throwing three interceptions a game.

8. Seahawks (5-5): Sunday’s game with the Panthers looms large in the wild card race.

9. Packers (4-5-1): Probably have to beat the Vikings on Sunday night to have any hope of reaching the playoffs.

10. Eagles (4-6): The champions will not repeat.

11. Falcons (4-7): Their Thanksgiving loss was the final nail in the coffin.

12. Lions (4-7): Their Thanksgiving loss was the final nail in the coffin.

13. Giants (3-7): Their two-game winning streak is too little, too late.

14. Buccaneers (3-7): Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick are making the same turnover mistakes, which doesn’t speak well for the Bucs’ coaching staff.

15. Cardinals (2-8): Swept the 49ers for their only two wins of the season.

16. 49ers (2-8): The worst team in the NFC.

32 responses to “NFC playoff picture: Saints move into first

  1. .
    It would seem prudent to try to avoid the #6 seed. Playing in Chicago, with all its pent up energy, and temps in the teens would not be a day at the beach.
    .

  2. The best hope for the NFC is that the Saints have peaked too early. The NFC’s greatest fear is that they haven’t peak yet.

  3. This Sunday’s game against the Giants will be the iggles last win for the season and their one year reign of SUPER BOWL celebrating terror will mercifully come to an end for those that dispise them !

  4. Before the season started I would have picked The Rams, Saints, Vikings and Eagles to win their Divisions with the Falcons and Panthers as wildcards. I also thought there were too many good teams in the NFC for there to be as much separation between the standings as what’s actually playing out.

  5. Once again, the NFL favors the Cowboys and Lions by giving them the Thanksgiving games every year. It’s a bunch of bull that they get to host that game every year.
    The Bears played last Sunday night and then had to play at the Lions yesterday. How fair was that to them? Even though they won the game because the Lions stink, I could see their defensive guys had their tongues hanging out in the 4th quarter.
    I say, rotate those games so EVERYONE gets a chance to have that advantage instead of the Cowboys and Lions always having it!!!
    I can’t believe that other fans don’t get as angry about it as I do!

  6. 4. Cowboys (6-5): Now owns first place in the NFC East thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker over Washington.

    —————

    They’ve split their head-to-head games this year, so that is incorrect. The Cowboys currently have a better division record – that is the tiebreaker.

  7. codylaws says:
    November 23, 2018 at 9:15 am
    The Saints will not go to Super Bowl, period. Another NFC team will beat them.
    _____________________________

    Possible . . . but who?

  8. Cowboys have the offense to keep Brees off the field, they also have a Great Dline and Linebackers.

  9. nyneal says:
    November 23, 2018 at 9:39 am
    Once again, the NFL favors the Cowboys and Lions by giving them the Thanksgiving games every year. It’s a bunch of bull that they get to host that game every year.
    The Bears played last Sunday night and then had to play at the Lions yesterday. How fair was that to them?
    I say, rotate those games so EVERYONE gets a chance to have that advantage instead of the Cowboys and Lions always having it!!!
    I can’t believe that other fans don’t get as angry about it as I do!
    ============

    Maybe because it’s a silly thing to get angry about. The Cowboys played on Sunday too, on the road, so they were in the same boat – short week + travel + a division foe.

    Now all those teams who had a tough week get some extra time off. It balances out. And it’s not as though these games have turned these two teams into perennial playoff winners.

    Plus, it’s tradition, something there seems to be less of all the time.

  10. Also about the SCHEDULING Cowboys play again on Thursday night, so the Cowboys Do NOT get extra time off to rest. Cowboys getting screwed pretty good the past month of football on scheduling.

  11. The Saints was one weird, improbable pass play away from reaching the NFC Championship game last season. Brees figured he is as close to getting another SB ring as he will likely get if he plays one more season in New Orleans. He has also been making noises about retiring. So, don’t be surprised if he hangs it up if the Saints wins the SB this season.

  12. Packers remaining schedule:

    Vikings

    Cardinals

    Falcons

    Bears

    Jets

    Lions

    Tell me 9-6-1(probable wildcard) is not possible.

    Don’t let Green Bay get on a run like they did in 2016. Went into Philadelphia at 4-6 and won. Rattled off six straight and finished 10-6. Went onto NFC Championship game.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  13. They’d be better off not going. If they lose it means they were not as good as teams that didn’t make it there at all.

    I got that from a book going around that explains how winning one SB is better than going 5-3 in SBs.

  14. nyneal says:
    November 23, 2018 at 9:39 am
    Once again, the NFL favors the Cowboys and Lions by giving them the Thanksgiving games every year. It’s a bunch of bull that they get to host that game every year.
    The Bears played last Sunday night and then had to play at the Lions yesterday. How fair was that to them? Even though they won the game because the Lions stink, I could see their defensive guys had their tongues hanging out in the 4th quarter.
    I say, rotate those games so EVERYONE gets a chance to have that advantage instead of the Cowboys and Lions always having it!!!
    I can’t believe that other fans don’t get as angry about it as I do!
    //////////

    Life isn’t fair, get over it Felicia – Bears have ten days rest now! The NFL is not a participation trophy league.

  15. omeimontis says:
    November 23, 2018 at 10:09 am
    The Saints was one weird, improbable pass play away from reaching the NFC Championship game last season. Brees figured he is as close to getting another SB ring as he will likely get if he plays one more season in New Orleans. He has also been making noises about retiring. So, don’t be surprised if he hangs it up if the Saints wins the SB this season.

    Perfect setup for the Peyton Manning sendoff.

  16. freefromwhatyouare says:
    November 23, 2018 at 10:19 am
    Packers remaining schedule:

    Vikings

    Cardinals

    Falcons

    Bears

    Jets

    Lions

    Tell me 9-6-1(probable wildcard) is not possible.

    Don’t let Green Bay get on a run like they did in 2016. Went into Philadelphia at 4-6 and won. Rattled off six straight and finished 10-6. Went onto NFC Championship game.

    #GoPackGo!🧀
    //////////

    3 divisional opponents in the last six games, two of those are @ Minny and @ Chicago and @ the Jets. The Packers have not won on the road this year. Its not happening this year for your Packers this year.

  17. 15. Cardinals (2-8): Swept the 49ers for their only two wins of the season.

    16. 49ers (2-8): The worst team in the NFC.
    ————-
    Lots of yapping from these two before games actually had to be played. Add to Arizona’s resume a loss to Gruden’s tanking Raiders. All I’m going to say is if you’re going to predict four win seasons for my Seahawks, at least win four yourselves.

  18. Brees threw for four scores to players that no one ever heard of. Their marquee players were able to stay within the double teams that the Dirty Birds setup so they could give these young lions a chance. Of course, with Drew Brees able to thread a needle to any player on their roster, the odds of any team beating them this season are difficult.

  19. freefromwhatyouare says:
    November 23, 2018 at I Oÿ19 am

    Packers remaining schedule:

    Vikings

    Cardinals

    Falcons

    Bears

    Jets

    Lions

    Tell me 9-6-1(probable wildcard) is not
    possible.

    Don’t let Green Bay get on a run like they
    did in 2016. Went into Philadelphia at 4-6
    and won.

    —–

    Mathematically a lot of teams are still in it, but that doesn’t change the fact the Packers really need to win this week. A loss would put them 2 back of the Vikings and the Bears need to lose twice to not win the division, which is unlikely. The Vikings could easily go 5-1 (winning against Det, Miami, Chicago in MN, and Pats.) The Vikings 1 other game is @Seattle. If the Vikings lose that game, that gives Seattle another win, which hurts the Packers. That doesn’t even take into consideration the NFC East and South are going to be beating eachother up.

  20. Good luck with thinking that typing the Packers won’t make the playoffs will make it happen👌

    Type it 1 million times. Good luck with that.

    See you Sunday night. Tony Corrente won’t be there to hand you another tie that you celebrated.

    Aaron Jones will also be in the house this time. Aaron Rodgers also won’t be playing on one leg.

    Keep typing though Barneys.

  21. codylaws says:
    November 23, 2018 at 9:15 am
    The Saints will not go to Super Bowl, period. Another NFC team will beat them.

    You hope!!!

  22. Rate This

    freefromwhatyouare says:

    November 23, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Good luck with thinking that typing the Packers won’t make the playoffs will make it happen👌

    Type it 1 million times. Good luck with that.

    See you Sunday night. Tony Corrente won’t be there to hand you another tie that you celebrated.

    Aaron Jones will also be in the house this time. Aaron Rodgers also won’t be playing on one leg.

    Keep typing though Barneys.

    ——

    Typing it has nothing to do with it. What is their record on the road this year?

  23. As a Bear fan looking at the power houses that are LA and NO all I am hoping for is a playoff berth so Chicago can get some playoff experience. Still think this team is young and a year early but man has this season been fun.

  24. ragnarthegreat says:
    November 23, 2018 at 7:59 am
    The best hope for the NFC is that the Saints have peaked too early. The NFC’s greatest fear is that they haven’t peak yet.
    +++
    While I agree with your statement, the NFL has shown that how you play in the regular season can, at times, have no bearing as to the outcome in the playoffs.

    That said, the Saints are playing very well!

  25. “Lots of yapping from these two before games actually had to be played.”

    Says the Seahawks fan who predicted his team to win the West and the Rams to finish third.

  26. Motley…I picked you guys first and us second. Don’t know where you got that from. We’re rebuilding. If we make the playoffs in a rebuilding year all the better.

  27. Glad to see the purples already triggered about the Packers upcoming W streak to reach the playoffs with at least a WC as usual.

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