NFC playoff picture: Seahawks take a commanding wild card lead

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The Seahawks are heading to the playoffs.

Although Seattle hasn’t actually clinched a playoff berth yet, Monday night’s win over Minnesota just about ensured that the Seahawks will be there in January. They now have a two-game lead in the wild card race with three games to play, and considering that the 49ers and Cardinals are two of their three remaining opponents, it’s extremely hard to believe they won’t do what they need to do to make the playoffs.

Here’s how the playoff picture looks heading into Week 15:

LEADERS
1. Saints (11-2): Moved back into first place thanks to the Rams’ loss.

2. Rams (11-2): Two poor games in a row for Jared Goff is alarming as they head into the home stretch.

3. Bears (9-4): A bye week is still a long shot, but the win over the Rams puts it in play.

4. Cowboys (8-5): Have all but clinched the NFC East.

5. Seahawks (8-5): They’ll be a dangerous opponent for the Bears or Cowboys in the wild card round.

6. Vikings (6-6-1): They don’t look much like a playoff team, but they still have a great chance of making it.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Panthers (6-7): Carolina is in a tailspin.

8. Eagles (6-7): The defending champs are almost certainly not making the playoffs.

9. Washington (6-7): It’s not just Mark Sanchez at quarterback. The whole team looks like it quit on the season.

10. Packers (5-7-1): Joe Philbin won his first game, but he’s not going to get the Packers to the playoffs.

11. Buccaneers (5-8): By losing to the Saints did they miss a chance to save Dirk Koetter’s job?

12. Giants (5-8): Playing better, but still stuck in last place in the NFC East.

13. Lions (5-8): Matt Patricia has already lost more games this year than Jim Caldwell lost in either of the last two years.

14. Falcons (4-9): This season has been a major disappointment.

15. Cardinals (3-10): At least they swept the 49ers.

16. 49ers (3-10): A surprising win over the Broncos may cost them the first pick in the draft.

29 responses to “NFC playoff picture: Seahawks take a commanding wild card lead

  1. Starting to look like Cousins wasn’t an upgrade at QB at all. Still continues to lose every game that matters. Rams, Saints, Bears, Seattle, Patriots. All loses to playoff teams.

  2. Eagles are not out yet. Panthers are unlikely to beat Saints either game and the way Vikings are playing, they may lose 2 of remaining 3. If Eagles can beat Texans, then the Redskins are a gimme and they will get in.

  3. Unless Carolina or Philly sneaks in, the Bears are looking at playing a team they’ve already played this year or if it’s the Vikings, a team they played twice. Not sure as a Bears fan I like that scenario but it is what it is and I’m just thrilled to be talking postseason at all.

  4. When the Vikings limp into the playoffs or get back door’ed in by a team loosing that’s when they always seem to thrive in the post season. When they are the #1 or #2 seed that’s when they struggle. I’m encouraged. 3 night road games in adverse weather. So what they lost. The team with nothing to loose in the playoffs can be a tough adversary. Michael is right though, they certainly aren’t good enough to be a playoff team in a normal season. This is the season where no team wants that 6 spot. They all keep loosing!

  5. So after watching their performance last night, I’m thinkin no way are the Vikings a playoff team. But then I look at the teams behind them.

  6. What has been Great about our win streak is that as a True Fan we dont have to hear from The Truth about how bad that we are or that Yak Prescott is a bust. Tried telling ya all. Dak > Wince.
    We need to get this oline healthy it has been in pieces All Season. Columbo has them coached up! we been playing second stringers and rookies all season.
    Not One team that we can Not Beat P E R I O D ! Bears Hawks Rams Saints are all tough match ups but we are LEGIT.
    The Eagles were a desperate team in our own division playing for life at the post season, of course they were going to be tough.
    Yet Precott passes for 500 yards and YET AGAIN beats Wince. But you all keep telling us how great Wince is and how Dak is a bust LMAO! More help on the way with Austin coming back, Speed must be respected.

  7. Teams that give Dallas fits:

    Those with a credible TE threat (or even multiple TE’s).
    Those with a mobile QB.

    As a Cowboys fan, we’re hoping to face the Vikings. The mobile QB is more problematic than the TE.

  8. calizcowboyz says:
    December 11, 2018 at 9:20 am
    What has been Great about our win streak is that as a True Fan we dont have to hear from The Truth about how bad that we are or that Yak Prescott is a bust. Tried telling ya all. Dak > Wince.
    We need to get this oline healthy it has been in pieces All Season. Columbo has them coached up! we been playing second stringers and rookies all season.
    Not One team that we can Not Beat P E R I O D ! Bears Hawks Rams Saints are all tough match ups but we are LEGIT.
    The Eagles were a desperate team in our own division playing for life at the post season, of course they were going to be tough.
    Yet Precott passes for 500 yards and YET AGAIN beats Wince. But you all keep telling us how great Wince is and how Dak is a bust LMAO! More help on the way with Austin coming back, Speed must be respected.

    ———-

    The Cowboys have two postseason wins in over 20 years. Settle down

  9. Seattle’s running game has really improved, along with a good defense that will travel well in the playoffs. They are not unbeatable (and even more so away from home), but they will be a tough out.

  10. Credit to Pat Shurmur for keeping things together at the Giants after really tough start. Saquon makes a lot of problems go away. His success, relative sense of humility and emergence as the number one star in a Giants uniform should be good for OBJ to play at even higher level and make the team a legitimate contender for their division title in 2019 (Bridgewater at QB).

  11. It’s absolutely not going to happen, but how funny would it be for the packers to somehow back into the playoffs after getting rid of McCarthy?

  12. Don’t count the Packers out until they’re mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. They look like they can win out by how they played yesterday. They also need 1 loss each by the Panthers (who are in a free fall), Eagles, (who still play the Rams and Texans), and Redskins (unfortunately lost Smith for the year and now have Sanchez), as well as 3 losses by the Seahawks or 2 losses by the Vikings, the latter of which could very well happen as they still play the Dolphins and Bears.

    As the Packers have shown before, it ain’t over til it’s over.

  13. usdcoyotesfan says:

    December 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Don’t count the Packers out until they’re mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. They look like they can win out by how they played yesterday. They also need 1 loss each by the Panthers (who are in a free fall), Eagles, (who still play the Rams and Texans), and Redskins (unfortunately lost Smith for the year and now have Sanchez), as well as 3 losses by the Seahawks or 2 losses by the Vikings, the latter of which could very well happen as they still play the Dolphins and Bears.

    As the Packers have shown before, it ain’t over til it’s over.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Isn’t dreaming nice……..

  14. It’ll be the Packers as the last WC. If they beat the Bears this Sunday (maybe if they don’t), they will be in. Panthers are done. So are the Eagles and Redskins. Who’s left?

    Packers at Bears or Cowboys would be a great first weekend playoff game.

  15. Still taking it one game at a time.

    The Packers are concerned about only themselves. All the other stuff will take care of itself. The Packers are focused on Chicago. It’s Bears week. The records are thrown out the window as always and the greatest rivalry in NFL history takes center stage.

    #RivalryWeek

    #OneGameAtATime

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  16. Dallas wants none of Seattle but that’s what it looks like.

    And Packers fans, yes if everyone loses and you win and the sun doesn’t come up and Aaron doesn’t whine and and and

    Toast

  17. The Cowboys have two postseason wins in over 20 years. Settle down
    ________________

    Not sure how that’s at all relevant to this year. As a Giants fan, it’s fun to hate on the Cowboys but the fact is they are playing some darn good football right now. They will have to win on the road to get anywhere in the playoffs but if the defense keeps playing at the level they’re at, Dallas isn’t gonna be an easy out for any team.

  18. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    Don’t count the Packers out until they’re mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. They look like they can win out by how they played yesterday. They also need 1 loss each by the Panthers (who are in a free fall), Eagles, (who still play the Rams and Texans), and Redskins (unfortunately lost Smith for the year and now have Sanchez), as well as 3 losses by the Seahawks or 2 losses by the Vikings, the latter of which could very well happen as they still play the Dolphins and Bears.

    As the Packers have shown before, it ain’t over til it’s over.
    ______________________

    Winning out isn’t impossible (@Chi, @NYJ, vs Det) especially since losing to the Jets or Lions would be almost as hard as losing at home to the Cardinals.

  19. It’s all about who gets hot at the right time in the playoffs. The Rams and Saints are starting to sweat as it looks like they may have peaked at the wrong time.

  20. “As the Packers have shown before, it ain’t over til it’s over.”

    or as Walter Payton said years ago, “It’s not over til the fat lady sings, but I think I hear her warming up backstage.”

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