NFC playoff picture: Cowboys’ win boosts the Rams

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The Cowboys gave their playoff hopes a big boost by beating the Saints on Thursday night. And they boosted the Rams as well.

The Rams have leapfrogged the Saints and moved into the top spot in the NFC after New Orleans lost at Dallas. Although the Saints own the head-to-head tiebreaker and will earn the top seed if the two teams finish tied, the Rams are now a half game ahead of the Saints heading into Week 13.

Here’s how the playoff picture looks after Thursday night:

LEADERS
1. Rams (10-1): They have an easy schedule the rest of the way, starting with Sunday at Detroit, so they have a good chance of finishing ahead of the Saints in the standings.

2. Saints (10-2): Still the favorites to earn a bye week, but now they have an uphill climb to home-field advantage.

3. Bears (8-3): The inside track to the No. 3 seed, but can they catch the Saints for a bye?

4. Cowboys (7-5): Now owns sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

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.

49 responses to “NFC playoff picture: Cowboys’ win boosts the Rams

  1. If the bears catch the saints and the saints have to come to soldier field for a game……oh boy. You think Bree’s saw pressure last night!! That will have reminders of 2006 all over again.

  2. The Carolina easily could have beat Seattle is looking at how many red zone trips they had and how few points they got…but also overlooking at how their 5 fumbles were all all recovered by themselves.

    So it really could have gone either way…which means a game down to the wire is probably the right result.

  3. .
    The picture is still too murky. It should become clearer after the Bears host the Rams next week. The Doomsday Scenario would find all these warm weather teams ending up in the tropical climate known as Chicago in January.
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  4. The Bears are not even going to win the division.

    patrickvwashington says:
    November 30, 2018 at 6:01 am
    If the bears catch the saints and the saints have to come to soldier field for a game……oh boy. You think Bree’s saw pressure last night!! That will have reminders of 2006 all over again.

  5. Cowboys fan better hope the D keeps playing that way because Dak is an average QB at best and they’re not winning anything with him without a defense to carry hm.

  6. NFC North title still in play, but not likely the Bears lose 4 of their last 5.

    Most likely path for Green Bay:

    Green Bay wins out(Cards, Falcons, Bears, Jets, Lions)

    Eagles lose one of their last five

    Carolina loses two of last five

    Seattle loses two of last five

    Washington loses two of last five

    Green Bay in!

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  7. Iggles get their last win of the season this week ,,,and their reign as champions will have only lasted 9 months ,,so sad 😢!

  8. I knew the Cowboys D-line was formidable, and their linebackers were good, I did not expect their seconday to play that well. And frankly Michael Thomas looked like the spotlight was too bright for him.

  9. freefromwhatyouare says:
    November 30, 2018 at 8:33 am
    NFC North title still in play, but not likely the Bears lose 4 of their last 5.

    Most likely path for Green Bay:

    Green Bay wins out(Cards, Falcons, Bears, Jets, Lions)

    Eagles lose one of their last five

    Carolina loses two of last five

    Seattle loses two of last five

    Washington loses two of last five

    Green Bay in!
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    It is possible. But Probable?

    Football Outsiders Playoff Odds Report:

    Green Bay making the playoffs – 14.4%

    Eagles making the playoffs – 21.1%

    Carolina making the playoffs – 33.3%

    Seattle making the playoffs – 74.3%

    Washington making the playoffs – 38.4%

    You didn’t list the Vikings – so you must be convinced that the Vikings will finish ahead of the Packers (the Packers would need to win out and have the Vikings lose 3 of the next 5).

    Do you really think that 3 teams from the NFC North are going to make the playoffs?

    Because that is exactly what you are attempting to predict.

  10. With some good luck (in short supply for Green Bay, so far,) Packers can win-out and be one of two wildcards. They need help. They won’t have to worry about the Vikings, they aren’t that good. They’re too dependent on one guy playing under the pressure of a guarantee. They will likely lose to New England, Seattle, and Detroit. Anything played at home for them will go their way, as usual, so they got that goin’ for ’em.

    The season is not over for the Green Bay Packers.

  11. Coming from a Saints fan, the Cowboys deserved to win that game. The Saints were unprepared and uninspired and were in fact, punched in the mouth by the Cowboys defense. Too many dropped passes, questionable play calling (the decision not to take the points by kicking the FG inside the one when the defense was playing relatively well which would have led to a tie score), and Brees’ boneheaded INT.

    The silver lining in this was this was the absolute best the Cowboys had to offer. We didn’t expect this team to run the table and end up 15-1 – very difficult to in today’s NFL. The Saints will adjust and will score more points if they meet again. The Cowboys will need to score more than just 13 points especially if they meet in the Dome in the playoffs….

  12. stellarperformance says:
    November 30, 2018 at 9:07 am

    The season is not over for the Green Bay Packers.
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    Actually, it was over some time ago.

  13. Seattle’s chances are a little more interesting with LA as the #1 seed. They played the Rams VERY closely in both games. If they get in and win a road game, there’s a good chance they play again. I’m certain that the Hawks would embrace that scenario. In a rebuilding year, Pete Carroll may take a team into the playoffs and they may do well there. It helps that Schneider is hitting on young players again. This rookie crop has exceeded all expectations (just imagine if Dissly was playing still). 7th rounders from last year are playing like day one picks in Moore and Carson. The future is bright. But they aren’t done yet. I guarantee you this: Russell Wilson believes he can win a SB with these guys and he’s not going to concede this season to any team they face. He’s a winner and a champion.

  14. flexx91 says:
    November 30, 2018 at 9:12 am
    Coming from a Saints fan, the Cowboys deserved to win that game. The Saints were unprepared and uninspired and were in fact, punched in the mouth by the Cowboys defense. Too many dropped passes, questionable play calling (the decision not to take the points by kicking the FG inside the one when the defense was playing relatively well which would have led to a tie score), and Brees’ boneheaded INT.

    The silver lining in this was this was the absolute best the Cowboys had to offer. We didn’t expect this team to run the table and end up 15-1 – very difficult to in today’s NFL. The Saints will adjust and will score more points if they meet again. The Cowboys will need to score more than just 13 points especially if they meet in the Dome in the playoffs….
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    Dallas could have scored more points. They kneeled out the clock deep in Saint’s territory.

  15. stellarperformance says:

    They won’t have to worry about the Vikings, they aren’t that good. They’re too dependent on one guy playing under the pressure of a guarantee.
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    The Vikings HAVE to lose 3 games and the Packers have to win out. May I remind you that the Packers haven’t won two games in a row all season and haven’t one a single game on the road (2 road games left – one against Chicago).

    The Packers will actually pay Aaron Rodgers over $80 MILLION dollars in the first year of his new contract – and it appears that he is buckling under the pressure of the guarantee.

    Just look at the standings if you don’t believe me…

  16. patrickvwashington says:
    November 30, 2018 at 6:01 am
    If the bears catch the saints and the saints have to come to soldier field for a game……oh boy. You think Bree’s saw pressure last night!! That will have reminders of 2006 all over again.

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    The Bears might not even win the NFC North. The Bears could lose to the Rams, possibly the Packers even though they are a train wreck, and the Bears hardly ever win in Minneapolis. The Bear no doubt have the fast track to the division, but if the vikings can win 3-4 of their remaining games lookout Bears. The Bears are no doubt a solid football team this year thou.

  17. @stellar

    The more likely losses for the Vikings are @Pats, @Seahawks, and the Bears.

    I listed one path for the Packers to get to the playoffs. I didn’t include the Vikings because they aren’t in my headspace unless someone brings them up. I really don’t care if they make the playoffs nor care if they don’t.

  18. im a jet fan so let me be the first to say to philly & it’s fans…welcome to the party, pal..finally…anyway, the ’17 eagles look like a textbook “fluke” team to me….if they played ne 10 times, ne wins 9….wentz doesnt look the same pre injury..i like pederson but this looks like a lost year.

  19. Check this out the Rams are the best team in the NFL but the Saints beat the Rams
    Cowboys beat the Saints
    Panthers beat the Cowboys
    Falcons beat the Panthers
    And the Browns beat the Falcons
    So who’s the best ?

  20. I can’t stand the Dallas Cowboys! I’d rather the Redskins take the NFC East if the Eagles can’t.

    But, the Eagles can still win the NFC East. Likely either have to run the table or only lose once more this season to do it but it can be done.

  21. 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.
    ——
    Remember when Packer fans mocked and ridiculed the Kirk Cousins signing but then they later gave Rodgers a bigger contract.

    Hows that Rodgers contract coming along so far?

  22. I still like the Packers chances, they have a history of getting hot when they need to and the Vikings have a history of choking and giving the Packers the help they need. The Packers will get in as a wild card.

  23. what did the Saints loese last night?

    1) The game

    2) Any chance for Homefield throughout.

    3) Any Chance for the first league MVP for Brees.

    No one fears the Saints outside of their dome.

  24. omeimontis says:
    November 30, 2018 at 7:58 am
    I bet the Panthers and Eagles will make the playoffs but the Redskins and Bears will not.
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    Can we make that bet regarding the Bears not making the playoffs? I could use some extra cash for Christmas shopping

  25. When you look at the Packers schedule you really get the feeling they are going to win out. They already beat the Bears once. They will need some help from other teams to get in the playoffs, but it is highly possible.

    When I look at my Vikings schedule, I just can’t help seeing a 8-7-1 record to end the season. Probably for the best. I really don’t think this team is good enough to do anything in playoffs even if they did get in.

    Hoping to rid ourselves of Spielman and Zimm in the offseason. Get a O-line, a RB, and a third WR.

    Skol, Vikings

  26. Delusional Packer fans thinking they will make playoffs are just looking foolish at this point…It’s embarrassing at this point.

  27. Green Bay wins out(Cards, Falcons, Bears, Jets, Lions)
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    The Packers have yet to win 5 games this entire season but they are going to win their last 5? Silly Packer fans. LOL

  28. Packers are a dropped INT and a missed FG from being 3-8. It’s not like they haven’t had a little luck to even be mathematically in it right now.

  29. contra74 says:
    November 30, 2018 at 11:16 am
    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.
    ——
    Remember when Packer fans mocked and ridiculed the Kirk Cousins signing but then they later gave Rodgers a bigger contract.

    Hows that Rodgers contract coming along so far?

    ———-

    Many people mocked the Cousins signing because Kirk cannot beat teams with winning records and so far this season he has stayed true to form

  30. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 30, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    contra74 says:
    November 30, 2018 at 11:16 am
    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.
    ——
    Remember when Packer fans mocked and ridiculed the Kirk Cousins signing but then they later gave Rodgers a bigger contract.

    Hows that Rodgers contract coming along so far?

    ———-

    Many people mocked the Cousins signing because Kirk cannot beat teams with winning records and so far this season he has stayed true to form

    ***

    Let us know of any convincing wins Rodgers had this year.

  31. How is Jimmy Graham working out for Green Bay? Apparently it isnt the qb after all?

    I remember when the saints came in to Seattle riding high 4 or 5 years back and Bruce Irvin said “Who is Jimmy?” Then proceeded to clown them and send them home.

    Saints have a history of not being able to finish the deal…this year will be interesting to watch unfold.

    Drew Brees is a HOF but is he clutch? Throwing the pick to end it was ALL on him.

  32. The packers are awful even with rodgers. I can see them losing out to the remaining teams on their schedule

  33. Packers are not at the playoff unless they buy tickets. Denial is not a river in Africa, it apparently runs thru Wisconsin. If any other team was taking about how making to playoffs at this point with their performance so far GB Fans would be rolling on the ground laughing. With how they played this far it would be for the best to not make the playoffs.

  34. jmethane says:
    November 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm
    How is Jimmy Graham working out for Green Bay? Apparently it isnt the qb after all?

    I remember when the saints came in to Seattle riding high 4 or 5 years back and Bruce Irvin said “Who is Jimmy?” Then proceeded to clown them and send them home.

    \\\\

    If you think Jimmy Graham is the issue in GB, you’re not paying attention.

    Jimmy Graham counts as much against the cap this year as Jared Cook. 12 other tight ends are higher. Plus we have 2/3 of Graham’s money in Kendricks/Lewis. Talk about not utilizing the talent.

    He will cost more the next two years, but a coach/system that has been as unproductive with the tight end as Mccarthy has the last 5 years doesn’t help.

    A new coach/system at this point will be more effective with any tight end.

  35. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:

    Iggles get their last win of the season this week ,,,and their reign as champions will have only lasted 9 months ,,so sad 😢!
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    Fun Fact: Eagles are 18-4 versus the giants over the last 11 seasons.
    Your team isn’t even relevant anymore. So sad.

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