NFC playoff picture: NFC East race looks wide open

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Were we too quick to write off the defending champions?

The Eagles, as badly as they’ve played at times this season, managed to win on Sunday to remain just a game out of both the NFC East race and the wild card race. In fact, the three-team race with Dallas, Washington and Philadelphia looks wide open, and a team that doesn’t win the division may end up earning a wild card.

Here’s how the playoff picture looks after Week 12:

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

6. Washington (6-5): Owns the wild card tiebreaker over Seattle based on NFC record, and over Carolina based on head-to-head.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Seahawks (6-5): Has the tiebreaker over Carolina thanks to Sunday’s head-to-head win.

8. Panthers (6-5): Two straight losses in games they easily could have won have severely hurt their playoff chances.

9. Eagles (5-6): Pulling out the comeback win against the Giants means they’re not dead yet in the NFC East.

10. Packers (4-6-1): When they signed Aaron Rodgers to his huge new contract they thought they’d be playoff contenders for years to come. In Year One of the contract, they’re not.

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

12. Buccaneers (4-7): Jameis Winston‘s best game of the season was too little, too late.

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

14. Giants (3-8): Stuck in last place in the NFC East.

15. Cardinals (2-9): Swept the 49ers for their only two wins of the season.

16. 49ers (2-9): The worst team in the NFC.

20 responses to “NFC playoff picture: NFC East race looks wide open

  1. I think Shurmur tanked the 2nd half of yesterday’s game ,,In fact,,,,, I hope that’s what is was and not his coaching !

  2. 10. Packers (4-6-1): When they signed Aaron Rodgers to his huge new contract they thought they’d be playoff contenders for years to come. In Year One of the contract, they’re not.
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    It doesn’t look any better for the future either.

    Brett Hundley has twice as many Packer road wins than Aaron Rodgers over the last 2 seasons. And Hundley has only started 5 road games in his career.

    Let that sink in…

  3. Seahawks will end up in one of the wildcard positions after they beat the Vikings. The NFC East will be interesting to see who wins that division. I think Dallas wins that division with the momentum they have, but hopefully the Eagles win that division so Dallas falls under Seattle in the wildcard standings.

  4. List whoever you want at #1 but the reality is The Seahawk Dynasty surges on with new personnel but the same genius head coach and the same greatest fans in the NFL—it’s great to be a 12. Here comes another SB win for the Hawks!

  5. .
    The Cowboys have won three in a row versus league gimps the Eagles, Falcons and Washington. However, the balance of their schedule is quite formidable:

    New Orleans
    Philadelphia
    @Indianapolis
    Tampa Bay
    @NY Giants

    Keep in mind that they don’t match up particularly well with the Colts or Tampa.
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  6. Seahawks schedule last 5 games sets up nicely. Two games against that Claran dumpsterfire (including their only road game), the Arizona Fraudinals, Minnesota who is a half game ahead for the Wildcard, and the Chiefs who might be tempted to rest players and already have a horrible defense. It’s going to be fun to watch for a “rebuilding” team.

  7. Cowboys have been a different team since signing Cooper and firing their oline coach. This week will be a measuring stick for sure. We MAY lose, but by how much? And did Dak turn the ball over to help cause the lose? But we MAY win as well. Did Dak play good smart football? No turnovers? If the Saints stack the box and take Zeke away then I HOPE Dak and Cooper do what they did last game (eat em up), make them pay. Cooper made Norman look like a rookie cb. It falls on how Dak protects the football.

  8. 6ball says:
    November 26, 2018 at 8:18 am
    .
    The Cowboys have won three in a row versus league gimps the Eagles, Falcons and Washington. However, the balance of their schedule is quite formidable:

    New Orleans
    Philadelphia
    @Indianapolis
    Tampa Bay
    @NY Giants

    Keep in mind that they don’t match up particularly well with the Colts or Tampa.

    WE MATCH UP FINE WITH ANYONE, NOT SURE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT? WHAT CHANGED SINCE OUR WINNING STREAK WAS A NEW OLINE COACH AND TRADING FOR COOPER (WHOM MAKDE JOSH NORMAN LOOK LIKE A ROOKIE BTW).
    WE WENT TO PHILLY BEAT EM, WE WENT TO ATLANTA THE VERY NEXT WEEK AND BEAT EM. SAINTS REALLY HAS NOT BEATEN ANYONE EXCEPT THE RAMS…… AND THEY SHOWED NO DEFENSE. IM NOT DRINKING KOOL AID YET BUT THIS GAME ON THURSDAY WILL TELL US ALOT WHERE DALLAS STANDS. IT ALL FALLS ON HOW WELL DAK PLAYS. HE MUST CONTINUE TO PLAY SMART FOOTBALL AND NOT TURN THE BALL OVER. PROTECT IT. WE HAVE THE DLINE AND LINEBACKERS TO FRUSTRATE BREES, AT 40 HE DOESNT MOVE FAST ENOUGH TO DODGE THE SPEED OF THIS DEFENSE.

  9. Could you explain:

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

    Don’t both teams sport an identical 1-1 head to head record against each other? Would the more appropriate justification for the Cowboys as the NFC East first place team being their current better record within the division? 3-1 versus 2-1?

  10. WE HAVE THE DLINE AND LINEBACKERS TO FRUSTRATE BREES, AT 40 HE DOESNT MOVE FAST ENOUGH TO DODGE THE SPEED OF THIS DEFENSE.

    Ah, ha, ha, ha! Oh, really?! Are you sure you have gulped down all the Kool-Aid?

  11. gtodriver says:
    November 26, 2018 at 6:42 am

    It doesn’t look any better for the future either.
    Brett Hundley has twice as many Packer road wins than Aaron Rodgers over the last 2 seasons. And Hundley has only started 5 road games in his career.
    Let that sink in…
    +++++

    Hundley also has as many career playoff victories as Kirk Cousins!

  12. WE WENT TO PHILLY BEAT EM, WE WENT TO ATLANTA THE VERY NEXT WEEK AND BEAT EM. SAINTS REALLY HAS NOT BEATEN ANYONE EXCEPT THE RAMS…… AND THEY SHOWED NO DEFENSE.

    *********************************************************************

    You do realize that the Saints also beat Philly and Atlanta, right? And, by much wider margins…

  13. packerlies says:

    Hundley also has as many career playoff victories as Kirk Cousins!
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    Cousins has never played for the Packers and Hundley never played for the Vikings or the Redskins.

    Rodgers and Hundley both were Packer starting QBs in the games referenced.

    Cousins outplayed Rodgers in his one playoff game. Rodgers had a game very similar to last night, but the Packer defense played better.

  14. Sure have some of the Seahawk fans out pounding their chest today after a narrow win against Carolina. Don’t delude yourselves into thinking you’re going anywhere this season.

    And 6ball? Yes, the Cowboys remaining schedule isn’t a cakewalk, but with the exception of the Saints, tell me they won’t be favored in every game. And explain what you mean when you say they don’t match up well with the Colts or Bucs? Excuse me? They match up quite well, thank you very much. They don’t have the luxury of playing in the cupcake AFC East, like the Patriots. They just beat that powerhouse known as the Jets and didn’t look at all impressive in doing so.

  15. BelgiumHawk says:
    November 26, 2018 at 6:44 am
    Seahawks will end up in one of the wildcard positions after they beat the Vikings. The NFC East will be interesting to see who wins that division. I think Dallas wins that division with the momentum they have, but hopefully the Eagles win that division so Dallas falls under Seattle in the wildcard standings.
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    Seattle owns the tie-breaker with Dallas as they played head to head. Seattle’s schedule looks easier than Dallas’. If they win the div, that’s fine, Washington doesn’t have their QB, and the Eagles are 5-6 and have to play, Rams, Cowboys, and Texans. The Vikings game is the season.

  16. I’m a long-time Seahawks fan and I am well aware of how division rivals like to play spoiler and beat the obviously better team.

    I think the Seahawks should win both the San Francisco games and the Arizona game but let’s not count our chickens before the eggs are hatched please.

    That one Seahawk fan who is going off the rails talking about Superbowls doesn’t even seem real I think he is a troll mocking Seattle fans to make other people angry at us.

    I know a lot of Seahawk fans and not one of us is thinking Super Bowl yet it’s one game at a time. Just two weeks ago things were looking grim.

  17. gtodriver says:
    November 26, 2018 at 2:16 pm
    packerlies says:
    Hundley also has as many career playoff victories as Kirk Cousins!
    +++++

    You need to learn to differentiate between what is a lie and what is a fact you don’t wish to present. Lord knows the facts you choose to present you hammer into the ground.

  18. I hope Jerry has his pen out soon to extend Dak and Garrett , so we all may enjoy another 5 seasons of 7-9 or 8-8 mediocre football in Dallas.

  19. I think Dallas wins it. Philly looks like a mes which is great to see considering their trash fanbase, the Redskins lost their starting QB which is unfortunate. Dallas has a very good defense, a good run game, and the pass game is picking up with the Coper signing. I don’t think the Cowboys are that good but this division is total trash.

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