Cardinals, Packers, Bucs can clinch playoff spots this weekend

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It’s the time of the year when thoughts begin to turn toward the playoffs and three NFC teams will have an opportunity to book spots in the postseason tournament this weekend.

The most straightforward scenario belongs to the team that’s currently the No. 1 seed in the conference. The Cardinals will be in the playoffs if they beat the Rams next Monday night. The win won’t make them NFC West champs, but it would give them a sweep of the Rams and a commanding lead with four weeks left to play.

Arizona could also back into the playoffs this weekend. They would also get in via a Vikings loss or tie and a 49ers loss; a Vikings loss or tie with a Saints loss or tie and a Panthers loss or tie; or with a 49ers loss paired with a Saints loss or tie and a Falcons-Panthers tie.

The Packers will clinch the NFC North with a win and a Vikings loss or tie or with a tie and a Vikings loss. They can secure at least a Wild Card by pairing a win with a Saints loss or tie and a 49ers loss or by pairing the first two results with a Rams loss and a 49ers tie.

The Buccaneers can win the NFC South if they win while the Saints and Panthers lose or tie. They can also get in the playoffs without winning the division, but it would take pairing a tie with a Panthers loss, a Saints loss, a Vikings loss, a 49ers loss or tie, and a Washington loss or tie.

15 responses to “Cardinals, Packers, Bucs can clinch playoff spots this weekend

  1. Even with a few missed practices, I have complete confidence that Aaron Rodgers will be able to line up behind his Center consistently for snaps, especially on crucial 4th downs. 🤣

    Moving on, it’s Bear Week, which always brings with it a little extra juice from both sides of the border.
    Regardless of records, it’s always a special week.

    And with this particular game, a possible opportunity to completely lock up the NFC North and another postseason invitation.
    And all of this before I’ve even started my Christmas shopping. 🎄 🎁
    Sweet!

  2. I just don’t understand. A certain group that shall remain nameless assured us all offseason that the Packers were done. 8-9 at best and probably more like 5-12 or 4-13. How can this be?

    Oh wait, I know.

    It’s the refs!

  3. “Moving on, it’s Bear Week, which always brings with it a little extra juice from both sides of the border.
    Regardless of records, it’s always a special week.”

    And anybody that’s not at least a little nervous is out of their mind. I don’t care how good the Packers are doing or how rough the Bears are having it, they could rise up and deliver us a good beating at a moment’s notice. They’ve done it too many times, as the Packers have to them. It’s part of what makes this the greatest rivalry in all of sports.

  4. The Cardinals winning at all in the playoffs would be the biggest upset ever. Everyone is expecting them to lose immediately, myself included.

  5. In the playoffs is where I earned the distinguished title of ‘Chokemaster General.’

  6. Insult to injury for BuffaLOL. You get pantsed on national television by your owner (Belichick), and then you are going to let your daddy (Brady) clinch a playoff spot by doing to you what he always does to you, LMFAO. Been a tough few weeks for the BuffaLOL.

  7. All of those teams will be playoff teams anyways. Esp AZ, at 10-2 they’re already a virtual lock.

  8. “Bucs are toast. AZ will peak at the right time and GB is relaxing.” Is this coming from the same person who said Brady wouldn’t win a seventh ring last season, and is now thinking the Ravens are good? Good luck with that.

  9. That’s me! I said the Bucs wouldn’t win because their D sucked the year before. Brady, non factor in my assessment. Ravens are good. What else does first place mean?

  10. The Cards have a chance to break the tie with the Packers for best record vs the NFC West this weekend. Go Rams.

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