NFC playoff picture: Different week, same view at the top

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The NFC playoff picture wasn’t upended when the 49ers, Saints and Cowboys lost games in Week 10, but it did open the door for bigger changes if the teams couldn’t get back on track.

Sunday’s games are all in the books and everyone got back on track. All six teams that opened the weekend in playoff position end it in the same spots they occupied at this time last week. The status quo actually extended all the way down the pecking order as the only change is that the Falcons are now one spot ahead of the Buccaneers instead of being behind them.

Here’s how everything looks in the NFC after Week 11.

LEADERS
1. 49ers (9-1) It wasn’t the strongest effort for 60 minutes, but the 49ers came up big against Arizona when it counted.

2. Packers (8-2) They got a bye week to prepare for their swing at the top spot in Santa Clara next Sunday night.

3. Saints (8-2) A commanding lead in the NFC South means the Saints can focus on trying to earn a bye.

4. Cowboys (6-4) They put some space between them and the Eagles, but the division title still may come down to their Week 16 rematch.

5. Seahawks (8-2) The Seahawks can help themselves and the Cowboys in Philly next weekend.

6. Vikings (8-3) Coming back from 20 points down at halftime kept the Vikings’ Wild Card bid in good shape.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Rams (6-4) They got a needed win Sunday night and will need another against a hot Ravens team in Week 12.

8. Eagles (5-5) The offense fizzled against the Patriots and the Eagles can’t afford too many more days like that.

9. Panthers (5-5) When one of your players calls your performance “a comedy of terrible football,” things aren’t trending in the right direction.

10. Bears (4-6) An ugly night against the Rams leaves the Bears with no margin for error.

11. Lions (3-6-1) Sunday started with word of Matthew Stafford possibly missing the rest of the season and it didn’t get any better from there.

12. Cardinals (3-7-1) Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray‘s development will be the key to the rest of Arizona’s season.

13. Falcons (3-7) Where were these Falcons in the first half of the season?

14. Buccaneers (3-7) The good feelings about Jameis Winston from last week were replaced by four interceptions this week.

15. Giants (2-8) It was a rare week without a Giants loss, but they’ll have to get on the field next weekend.

16. Washington (1-9) They pulled off a difficult feat on Sunday by making the Jets look like a potent football team.

61 responses to “NFC playoff picture: Different week, same view at the top

  1. As the paper-#1 just found out— no one wants to play the Seahawks. Stack them any way you want but we all know the Seahawks finish the season holding the Lombardi in the only ranking that matters. #seahawksdynasty2.0

  2. this will all change at the top in the NFC in the next few weeks, quite a few of these teams gonna be playing each other, add to that some tough games against damn good AFC teams

    San Fran/Green Bay, Baltimore, New Orleans, Rams, Seattle

    Seattle/Philly, Minni, Rams, Panthers, San Fran

    Packers/San Fran, Minni

    Saints/Panthers, San Fran, Indi, Tennessee, Panthers

    These aren’t the full schedules of these teams but rather the most difficult games left for each team

    strap in boys and girls, this is about to get good

  3. Not only the wild card race, also the NFC north race.

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    The Vikings can’t even beat the Bears! The Vikings will lose immediately if they even make the playoffs.

  4. “Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray‘s development will be the key to the rest of Arizona’s season.”

    No, Murray is doing just fine. It’s the Cards defense that is the key to the rest of the season.

  5. by coincidence, scheduling seemed to work out well. Many good games between now and the end of the season.

  6. The Packers have two tough games left; the Niners and then the Vikes with their refs. The Packers should win one of those games. Looking at 13-3 barring injury or another stinker like the Chargers game.

    The Vikings have the Seahawks, Packers, Bears (who they haven’t beaten in a long time) and the Lions (who will be starting a backup QB, which the Vikings typically struggle with).

    Probably looking at 11-5 or 10-6 there.

    While I don’t think any of the other teams will catch the Vikings for that 6 seed, Minnesota has proven that, under Zimmer, they are just wildcard weekend fodder; simply there for the other team to get some real game time situation practice for the rest of their playoff run.

  7. I love my Eagles, but man, we have problems.

    The defense FINALLY showed up yesterday, but the offense took the day off. Granted, Jeffery and Howard were both injured and both big players, but still, you have to bring it all when you play the champion Patriots, and we came up short.

    Next up, Seattle. No time to whine, let’s get regrouped and ready for Wilson and company.

  8. screamingyellowzonkers says:

    Not only the wild card race, also the NFC north race.
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    Vikings squeaked another win out aginst a sub-500 team. That is 6 or 7 of the 8 wins vs losing teams for the year.

  9. The Vikings will be favored to win every game except their match up with the Seahawks. Their matchup with Seahawks and our matchup with the 9ers will likely determine the NFCN. Assuming we don’t lay another egg like we did against the Chargers.

  10. At halftime of the Philly/New England game I started to watch the western conference final in the CFL. In the last quarter there were no flags and only one review and the game came down to the last play. Very refreshing and entertaining football. On the field there were also no drama queens making a scene….

  11. “Queen defense exposed back-to-back by irrelevant QB’s.”
    ————————
    Dak Prescott is an irrelevant QB??
    He’s current #3 in QBR in the NFL.

    How’s that credibility of yours doing??

  12. dfwhawkguy says:
    November 18, 2019 at 8:29 am
    As the paper-#1 just found out— no one wants to play the Seahawks. Stack them any way you want but we all know the Seahawks finish the season holding the Lombardi in the only ranking that matters. #seahawksdynasty2.0

    How is one super bowl considered a dynasty?

  13. Nothing but the order of the playoff teams will change between now and the end of the season in the NFC. The Eagles are done. The Bears are done. The Panthers with Allen were a mirage. Goff is a total fraud and the Rams are too far behind to catch up especially with the Vikings pulling out the win yesterday. Better drama in the AFC.

  14. HagemeisterPark says:
    November 18, 2019 at 9:54 am
    screamingyellowzonkers says:

    Not only the wild card race, also the NFC north race.
    ——————————
    Vikings squeaked another win out aginst a sub-500 team. That is 6 or 7 of the 8 wins vs losing teams for the year.
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    Packers have beaten 4 teams that are .500 or worse.
    SF has beaten even worse teams.
    It doesn’t matter. It’s wins that matter.

  15. The Vikings will go as far as their secondary lets them. The secondary has been our major critical weakness. Anyone can drop bobs on Waynes and Rhodes this year. The addition of Sandejo may help with that, as he adds turnover potential in Zimmer’s scheme. But if the defense can patch those problems, we have the best RB in football (tied perhaps with McCaffrey) and Kirk is playing at an MVP level now. Not an exaggeration. He is #2 overall in QBR (fraction of a point behind Wilson) and his TD to INT ratio is elite. And unlike other seasons, his stats aren’t coming in garbage time or in failed come from behind bids. In the Denver game, the O line was horrible and the Defense dug a hole. He came out in the 2nd half and won that game. Digging out of a hole like that is impressive regardless who the opponent is. After getting sacked several times and holding calls negating any downfield passes, he stuck n their, took shots downfield and connected. All this without their #1 receiver in Thielen. It’s time to bury the tired narrative on Kirk, he is living up to his contract right now.

  16. Enjoy 1st place for your last 6 days Clara….because after Seattle takes care of Philly and the Pack slap you around……it’s going to be like jumping out of a plane without a parachute for the 69ers.

  17. The newest incarnation of the Green Bay Packers have already exceeded all of my expectations for the 2019 season.

    Matt LaFleur’s inaugural season has already been a smashing success through 10 games, taking a stagnant 6-9-1 team all the way to an 8-2 record and into the postseason conversation of a first round bye.
    Everything from here on out is just frosting on the cake.

    I would hate to put a cap on what this team can accomplish, especially where they currently sit, but I feel a playoff ticket accompanied by a win would be truly a amazing accomplishment for this first year head coach and his very young team. We’ll see how it plays out.

    The Packers are by no means the best team in the NFL, yet, but I do believe they’ve found an exceptional coach and they are getting better every day.
    A lot of lessons to be learned in this initial season and a few more bumps in the road to experience, I’m sure.
    The offense has really begun to take shape and should only improve as the coach gets more of his type of personnel on the roster.

    A couple of tough games remain, the Niners lie ahead next week, and then there’s the gauntlet of the NFC North, which includes a trip to Minnesota’s McStadium where they always have the refs in their back pockets.

    But however the rest of November plays out and December and beyond, it’s been one Hell of a ride.
    Very exciting times to be a Packer fan.
    Can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

  18. tinye67 says:
    November 18, 2019 at 9:59 am
    “Queen defense exposed back-to-back by irrelevant QB’s.”
    ————————
    Dak Prescott is an irrelevant QB??
    He’s current #3 in QBR in the NFL.

    How’s that credibility of yours doing??
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    Slow your roll, Dak and Dunk is in one of the worst divisions in football and all they are is 6-4, almost embarrassing with the talent they have.

  19. I get a kick out of all these packer fans downing the Vikings and touting their team’s success. Let’s look at that success. They lost to the Lions and Eagles, who the Vikings beat handily. The won a ref aided home game in week 2 against MN. The difference in the schedule is simply the Bears games. They beat the Bears (barely) and the Vikings lost to them. Whoo hoo, go ahead and crown yourselves, the division will come down to the game in MN; winner takes the division, plain and simple.

  20. MNfaninIL says:

    I get a kick out of all these packer fans downing the Vikings and touting their team’s success. Let’s look at that success. They lost to the Lions and Eagles, who the Vikings beat handily…
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    Packers beat the Lions. Green Bay is 3-0 in division play.

  21. Packers will lose at SF, at MN and either to the Bears/Detroit and finish with 5 losses. Vikings will only lose one more game and finish 12-4 and earn their rightful NFC North Championship. Its what World Class does to close the season.

  22. HagemeisterPark says:
    November 18, 2019 at 11:48 am
    MNfaninIL says:

    I get a kick out of all these packer fans downing the Vikings and touting their team’s success. Let’s look at that success. They lost to the Lions and Eagles, who the Vikings beat handily…
    ————————-
    Packers beat the Lions. Green Bay is 3-0 in division play.
    ———
    The refs beat the Lions.

  23. yogurtpigskin says:
    November 18, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Not only the wild card race, also the NFC north race.

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    The Vikings can’t even beat the Bears! The Vikings will lose immediately if they even make the playoffs.

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    These two team are vastly different now than when they first met, it shows how closely you really watch football. You probably think Mitchell “The Hip” Trubisky is still in the MVP race.You do not present an evidence to support your argument. And speaking of hip, just when did Mr Biscuit get hurt. Your organization is in a QB crisis, your team also passed on MaHomes and Watson. How many 1st rounders did you give up for Mack? BRILLIANT! (rollseyes)

  24. It is to the point where I scroll past ALL the comments here now. One person spending EVERY DAY here posting countless times on countless SN’s. No one reads any of that. Pointless.

    Moving on to things that matter…

    Should be a good stretch run. I wouldn’t count the Rams out just yet. Those wildcard spots will change in the next 6 weeks, you can almost guarantee that. Many are also quite quick in crowning the Niners as NFC West champs. Niners face the Packers, Ravens, Saints, Rams, and the Seahawks down the stretch.

    The Packers are back inside 1265 Lombardi Ave today, well rested, more healthy, and highly focused.

    Let’s do this.👏

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  25. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    November 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm
    HagemeisterPark says:
    November 18, 2019 at 11:48 am
    MNfaninIL says:
    I get a kick out of all these packer fans downing the Vikings and touting their team’s success. Let’s look at that success. They lost to the Lions and Eagles, who the Vikings beat handily…
    ————————-
    Packers beat the Lions. Green Bay is 3-0 in division play.
    ———
    The refs beat the Lions.

    —-

    The refs beat the Broncos yesterday.

  26. dfwhawkguy says:
    November 18, 2019 at 8:29 am
    As the paper-#1 just found out— no one wants to play the Seahawks. Stack them any way you want but we all know the Seahawks finish the season holding the Lombardi in the only ranking that matters. #seahawksdynasty2.0

    —–

    Now this comment really proves how delusional Seattle fans are…. sorry, somehow I missed #seahawksdynasty1.0

  27. ehsguy72 says:
    November 18, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    dfwhawkguy says:
    November 18, 2019 at 8:29 am
    As the paper-#1 just found out— no one wants to play the Seahawks. Stack them any way you want but we all know the Seahawks finish the season holding the Lombardi in the only ranking that matters. #seahawksdynasty2.0

    —–

    Now this comment really proves how delusional Seattle fans are…. sorry, somehow I missed #seahawksdynasty1.0
    —————————————————

    Not as far fetched as one might think, they have just as good as shot as anyone else. Wilson is playing at a high level right now. This NFC is the tightest I’ve seen in years. Gonna be fun to watch it unfold!

  28. “Packers will lose at SF, at MN and either to the Bears/Detroit and finish with 5 losses. Vikings will only lose one more game and finish 12-4 and earn their rightful NFC North Championship.”
    >>><<<
    Hmmm. The word "convenient" comes to mind.

  29. The Vikings secondary is getting exposed, but the D-line ain’t doing them any favors. Against quality teams, they are rarely getting consistent pressure on quarterbacks. The only winning team they have more than 2 sacks against was Oakland (when the Raiders were 1-1) and Kansas City – and that was when the highly mobile Mahomes was out. Too often, QBs have plenty of time to survey the field and make checkdowns or allow routes to develop. Denver marched with little resistance in the first half and on the last drive of the game yesterday. That has to change or the secondary will continue to struggle

  30. Both conferences have a lot of bad teams. This doesn’t count all of the average teams as well. The AFC is just the Patriots and Ravens, while the NFC is the 49ers, Saints, and Packers. No one is sure what to think of the Vikings and Seahawks right now. Their defenses are not impressing anyone. Moving forward, the 49ers and Packers game next Sunday night will tell us more about both teams.

  31. tokyosandblaster says:
    November 18, 2019 at 12:03 pm
    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    November 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm
    HagemeisterPark says:
    November 18, 2019 at 11:48 am
    MNfaninIL says:
    I get a kick out of all these packer fans downing the Vikings and touting their team’s success. Let’s look at that success. They lost to the Lions and Eagles, who the Vikings beat handily…
    ————————-
    Packers beat the Lions. Green Bay is 3-0 in division play.
    ———
    The refs beat the Lions.

    —-

    The refs beat the Broncos yesterday.

    ———–

    I agree. Two blatant PI non-calls in the final few minutes of the game

  32. cheeseisfattening says:
    November 18, 2019 at 11:05 am
    I guarantee the Vikings will win the rest of their games this season and post-season.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You’re guaranteeing a SuperBowl victory. Got it.

  33. Just like the flag, seawhaks are forever 1-2. It takes more than a bunch of playoff appearances to be a dynasty – just ask the Bengals. Speaking of paper airplanes, your team’s margin of victory is 4.5, with half of those wins at a field goal or less. Heck, it’s not like the seawhaks whooped up on the 9ers – it came down to a blown field goal by a replacement kicker in OT.

    Looks like you’re projecting again. #paperbirds1-2

  34. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 18, 2019 at 12:32 pm
    tokyosandblaster says:

    The refs beat the Broncos yesterday.

    ———–

    I agree. Two blatant PI non-calls in the final few minutes of the game
    ______

    Not to mention all the holding Minnesota’s offensive line gets away with every game.
    It’s completely ridiculous.

  35. Yeah, but Dak cant throw the deep ball? –well, except he leads or ties in completions over 20 yards and 40 yards, weird huh?). Oh, another weird actual fact–Dallas’ receivers lead the league in drops, or they did before yesterday’s game. One has to wonder where Dak would be by measurable metrics if his receivers had caught half of the league leading 25 drops. But, by all means WENTZ is so much better. No argument there. Prattle on experts, prattle on, we anxiously await your latest nuggets of REAL football wisdom.

  36. FootballSeasonRules says:
    November 18, 2019 at 12:31 pm
    Both conferences have a lot of bad teams. This doesn’t count all of the average teams as well. The AFC is just the Patriots and Ravens, while the NFC is the 49ers, Saints, and Packers. No one is sure what to think of the Vikings and Seahawks right now. Their defenses are not impressing anyone. Moving forward, the 49ers and Packers game next Sunday night will tell us more about both teams.

    ———–

    Didn’t the Seahawks just give the 49ers their 1st loss two weeks ago?

  37. Cousins has quietly been checking off the things that made him “Kurt”. He is having exactly the season Minnesota needed this year. And the BS of the refs and Broncos, you guys seem to have ignored the non called delay of game on the Broncos scoring drive, so they didn’t have to punt, 3 holding NON calls on Griffin.. The non called Offensive Push off PI… If the refs call it evenly it is a fair game which they did. The Broncos folded like a house of cards the 2nd half and the adjustments Minnesota made was the difference.

  38. It looks like the only playoff position in the NFC that has a battle is the East winner. Loser wont get a WC. The Rams will likely lose their next 2 games. even if they win they have a brutal 3 game stretch to follow. Panthers are done.

  39. Vikings have the harder schedule to close out, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that if the Pack lose Sunday, the Dec 23 match up will be for the 2 or 3 seed vs wild card.

  40. Cowboys fans are adorable. Squawking like leading their division means anything.

    Just a little perspective, you adorable darlings: your awful team would be tied for 3rd in the NFC West. 7-9 teams have made the playoffs before, and I would take any of them in a matchup against this putrid iteration of the Cowboys.

    And Dak’s numbers are meaningless, considering they got padded against the likes of Washington and Miami and NY, and yet all those stats result in 6-4. Laughable

  41. I’ve been a cowboys fan for over 40 years….. this is THE worst coached team that I’ve seen in that time. Cowboys fans are unrealistic in their views… this team needs a real HC first and foremost…. they are going NOWHERE in the playoffs if they get there…. This HC has been handed not 1 but 2 good teams and he wasted the 1st one and is on his way wasting the 2nd one. Time for the owner to wake up…. and quit playing talent guy.. he wants his HC to win so he can tell the world how smart he is….problem is 10 years later and he’s not going to get it done…..time for fans to wake up.

    “Slow your roll, Dak and Dunk is in one of the worst divisions in football and all they are is 6-4, almost embarrassing with the talent they have.”

    Above is 100% correct whether you like it or not. Dak has a couple good games and suddenly he’s Tom Brady2? I think not….. We’ve over paid for a RB and Dak’s best games have ALL come teams with losing records this season so slow your roll.. Yes he should be #3 in the stats. They were padded nicely by a Lions team that can’t get out of their own way.. and might I remind you they barely beat that team… They may win the division because it’s so weak but they are not a playoff team with this current coaching staff. So please stop acting entitled cowboys fans and wake up to reality.

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