NFC playoff picture: Creating separation as November ends

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With five weeks left in the regular season, five NFC teams should be feeling pretty comfortable about their chances of making the playoffs.

The 49ers, Saints, Packers, Seahawks and Vikings are all at least two games up on their closest competitors for playoff spots and, barring total collapse, it shouldn’t be long before some of those teams are clinching berths in the postseason. Where they’ll all stack up once the playoffs arrive remains in some doubt, however, and the final weeks will set the seeding for January.

The outlier to the separation of powers is in the NFC East, where the Eagles and Cowboys both remain alive for a division title.

Here’s how the entire conference shapes up after Week 12:

LEADERS
1. 49ers (10-1) Can their defense stop Lamar Jackson? If not, we could have a new No. 1 team in the NFC next week.

2. Saints (9-2) Survived the Panthers to essentially sew up the NFC South and they get their shot at the Niners in Week 14.

3. Packers (8-3) A second loss in three games keeps the Vikings right on top of them in the NFC North.

4. Cowboys (6-5) They fizzled in New England to keep hope alive for the Eagles.

5. Seahawks (9-2) Monday night’s game against the Vikings will be a big part of the seeding game.

6. Vikings (8-3) They should be well rested for Seattle after their Week 12 bye.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
7. Rams (6-5) Eight turnovers in the last three games are one of the reasons why it’s hard to believe the Rams can right the ship in December.

8. Bears (5-6) The good news is that they got a win and have the Lions on deck. The bad news is the Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs and Vikings are their final four opponents.

9. Eagles (5-6) It’s been a rough year, but the schedule shows the Dolphins, Giants and Washington in the next three weeks so the division title probably isn’t running away from them.

10. Panthers (5-6) They may have lost even if Joey Slye made a 28-yard field goal, but it’s all the more painful that he did.

11. Buccaneers (4-7) Running the table would get them a winning season, but they haven’t won two straight games all year.

12. Lions (3-7-1) They’ll try to avoid a winless November against the Bears on Thanksgiving.

13. Cardinals (3-7-1) They can help spoil the season for the Rams this week.

14. Falcons (3-8) Atlanta reverted to form after a two-game winning streak.

15. Giants (2-9) Pat Shurmur is now 17-43 as an NFL head coach.

16. Washington (2-9) Selfies with Dwayne Haskins are all the rage these days.

34 responses to “NFC playoff picture: Creating separation as November ends

  1. The Vikings loss to the Mahomes-less Chiefs probably cost them the Division and it may also be symbolic as to why this team won’t make it over the top and be a legitimate Super Bowl Contender. I seriously hope I’m wrong, but that game was so incredibly winnable and the Vikings just couldn’t do it.

  2. All I know is that if Aaron wants to win another Super Bowl before he retires, he’s going to have to demand trade. We should have rebuilt 3 years ago. Now he doesn’t have time to wait out a complete overhaul of our 21st ranked offense and 28th ranked defense.

    Plus, it looks like we hired another dud for a coach. Who says ‘we need to keep doing what we’re doing’ when they’re down 23-0 at half time? The future is bleak.

  3. Eagles will finish 10-6 only because of their pudding-like schedule in December and that the Cowboys will collapse as it’s over there for Garret now. As a result, they’ll have a lousy draft position and go 7-9 next season.

  4. Can Seattle beat the VIkings? if not, they can be 2 games behind Frisco, with 4 games left to play. LOL. They will need to win 3 playoff games with 11 men on the field to get to the Super Bowl.

  5. californianewton says:
    November 26, 2019 at 8:30 am
    Can Seattle beat the VIkings? if not, they can be 2 games behind Frisco, with 4 games left to play. LOL. They will need to win 3 playoff games with 11 men on the field to get to the Super Bowl.

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    They can indeed

  6. Wait…..this is odd.
    The Vikings have the same record as the Packers and the Barneys have spent the better part of this season whining about how their team was only one game out of first place in the NFC North.
    Yet, their team remains in the 6th seed while the Packers are still well ahead of them in 3rd.
    Hmm……can this be?

  7. californianewton says:
    November 26, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Can Seattle beat the VIkings? if not, they can be 2 games behind Frisco, with 4 games left to play. LOL. They will need to win 3 playoff games with 11 men on the field to get to the Super Bowl.
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    the thing is, the Seahawks can be 1 game behind the 49ers going into week 17, a home game against San Francisco, since they own the tiebreaker right now.

  8. Last week I said if the Packers beat the 49ers then they would win the division. Now I’m saying if the Vikings beat the Seahawks, they will win the division. The Packers upside is 3-2 these last 5 games. The Vikings upside is 4-1.

  9. Well, all we can do is watch and see how it shakes out. Hope the refs don’t make stupid mistakes along the way.

  10. Dallas didnt fizzle in NE they were called for “tripping” during likely Daks latest game winning drive

  11. saintsgotrobbedandwereinthesameboat says:
    November 26, 2019 at 9:39 am
    Dallas didnt fizzle in NE they were called for “tripping” during likely Daks latest game winning drive

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    They barely got the ball across mid field and managed 3 FGs for the entire game….

  12. Packers have a very soft schedule, yet could lose any of their remaining games. A lot depends on the Refs.

  13. ” they were called for “tripping” during likely Daks latest game winning drive”

    Yeah a knee to the groin could also have been called a personal foul. And why aren’t you also bringing up the 2 or 3 obvious PIs by the Dallas secondary that were not called, or the non existent PI called on Jonathan Jones early in the game that helped get Dallas their first FG?

    That’s called a double standard by the way. Either all the officiating problems matter and you want them all fixed including the ones that were bad for New England, or your complaint is invalid.

    Every team including the Pats gets bad calls / no calls every single game.

  14. Wafflestomp says:
    November 26, 2019 at 9:06 am
    Wait…..this is odd.
    The Vikings have the same record as the Packers and the Barneys have spent the better part of this season whining about how their team was only one game out of first place in the NFC North.
    Yet, their team remains in the 6th seed while the Packers are still well ahead of them in 3rd.
    Hmm……can this be?
    ———
    Simple. The refs gave the packers two wins this year.

  15. I know most Packer fans and certainly Aaron believes he’s the best QB to ever play the game……but he certainly isn’t playing like it right now. Or for the past 30-40 games.

    Window is closing fast on the Packers. 15 years with this guy and only 1 Super Bowl…..seems like a wasted window of opportunity.

    Heck, Eli has two!

  16. Wafflestomp says:
    November 26, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Wait…..this is odd.
    The Vikings have the same record as the Packers and the Barneys have spent the better part of this season whining about how their team was only one game out of first place in the NFC North.
    Yet, their team remains in the 6th seed while the Packers are still well ahead of them in 3rd.
    Hmm……can this be?
    ——————————————————

    Big talk for a team who has lost 4 straight traveling to the West coast the past 3 years, gets thrashed by the Chargers, barely beats the Panthers and gets annihilated by the 9ers. Just a quick reminder, you beat the bears 10-6, beat Detroit on a gift to the refs in the closing moments and in the Vikings match up picked off a bone headed throw by Cousins. Since which he has only thrown one. Cousins is playing far better than your 103 million dollar QB.

    6th seed I’ll take it for now. Come talk to us after week 17 when the seeds will be final. Until then worry about your own teams performance the past three games and your last 3 outta 5 on the road. They don’t’ hand out division titles with 5 games left Homie.

  17. One-game-at-a-time for the Hawks. Having Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson with their years of experience in charge really gives me hope. They’ve done this before a couple of times.

    Basically the playoffs start now and every week is critical.

  18. The Vikings will beat seattle and the packers and take the NFC North. The packers are going to stumble now and the bears and lions and giants will have something to say about if they even make the playoffs.
    The Niners are very good but their not the Vikes. Sown the road these two clash and the Vikes will win.

  19. jackedupboonie says:
    November 26, 2019 at 10:53 am
    The Seahawks are going to steamroll the Vikings. True to form..Pete has them playing better as the season goes on.
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    I don’t suppose you’ve noticed the Seahawks are barely beating really bad teams, are 3-2 at home, and have given up a ton of points. As a matter of fact, the only team (at 6-5) with a winning record that has given up more points than the Seahawks is the Raiders. Oh, and I don’t suppose you saw the Seahawks defense is ranked about number 27 in the NFL either.

  20. Mvp candidate Rodgers career road record is below 500.

    Rodgers is just 42-46 in his 88 all-time career road games. For reference, Tom Brady is 97-44 on the road, and Peyton Manning was 85-48.

    Typical loss this past sunday.

  21. Most people would think of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as one of the best to ever play the position. However, those same people seem to forget the Packers are 5-23 in games against teams with winning records on the road since 2012.

    Over that period, that’s a .179 winning percentage and the eighth-worst record in the NFL

  22. November 26, 2019 at 9:39 am
    Dallas didnt fizzle in NE they were called for “tripping” during likely Daks latest game winning drive

    —————

    They barely got the ball across mid field and managed 3 FGs for the entire game….
    _____________

    But same goes for NE. They scored their only TD after getting the ball on the 13 (following another horrific tripping call), and did nothing the entire game other than a FG drive in the 4th quarter (after 2 Dallas penalties and a horrific punt) after getting great field position.

    Neither team was able to really move the ball. Dak is blasted but Brady gets a pass

  23. cheeseisfattening says:
    November 26, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Most people would think of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as one of the best to ever play the position. However, those same people seem to forget the Packers are 5-23 in games against teams with winning records on the road since 2012.

    Over that period, that’s a .179 winning percentage and the eighth-worst record in the NFL
    ——————————————

    BUT BUT BUT BUT He’s Aaron Rodgers the GOAT! I cannot believe packers fans even think about comparing him to Tom Brady, its insane!

  24. Wafflestomp says:
    November 26, 2019 at 9:06 am
    Wait…..this is odd.
    The Vikings have the same record as the Packers and the Barneys have spent the better part of this season whining about how their team was only one game out of first place in the NFC North.
    Yet, their team remains in the 6th seed while the Packers are still well ahead of them in 3rd.
    Hmm……can this be?
    *****
    When the Packer had a chance to take control of the division the past three weeks, they got blown out in 2 of the 3 games and barely beat the Panthers. Meanwhile the Vikes have won 6 of their last 7 and are now 8-3 and tied for the best record in the NFC North. If that’s your definition of ‘still well ahead of them’, then watch out because the objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they seem.

  25. californianewton says:
    November 26, 2019 at 8:30 am
    Can Seattle beat the VIkings? if not, they can be 2 games behind Frisco, with 4 games left to play. LOL. They will need to win 3 playoff games with 11 men on the field to get to the Super Bowl.
    +++
    Bold talk from a poster that disappeared for a week after the 9ers lost to the Seahawks. Then what happens? You show up in full force after a 9er win.

    Typical you!

    I’m not say Seattle will win it all but, wild card teams have won the Super Bowl. Also, every Super Bowl winner did so with 11 players on the other side of the ball.

    You hated Sherman for many years but, now you love him! How much did his jersey cost you?

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