Packers win keeps them in NFC Playoff hunt

NFC Playoff Picture v 1.0

The Green Bay Packers are still alive, barely. Their 27-13 Monday Night win keeps them in the NFC Playoff Picture, although still on the outside looking in. Dallas has a commanding lead in the race for the top seed, but what about everything else?

1. Cowboys (10-1 Overall, 7-1 Conference)

How good has Dak Prescott been with the game on the line?
NFC Playoff Picture

If the Cowboys had any doubt the compensatory pick they received from the Eagles in the DeMarco Murray deal was working out for them, check out this Tweet from ESPN’s Stats & Info on how impressive Dak has been in crunch time:

Dallas kicks off their last leg of the season Thursday night in what should be a challenging game at Minnesota. Our projections have Dallas needing two more wins to lock up the number 1 overall seed.

Remaining Schedule:
12/1 – at Vikings
12/11 – at Giants
12/18 – Buccanneers
12/26 – Lions
1/1 – at Eagles

The next two weeks are the biggest tests left on the schedule. We expect a split here, and we think Dallas will stub their toe at home against a hungry Lions team after Christmas.

Projected Final Record: 13-3

2. Seahawks (7-3-1 Overall)

Just when you think you can figure out the Seahawks, they lay an egg on the road against Tampa Bay. Seattle has struggled all season without a consistent running attack, and their defense has done all they can to keep them in games. They will get healthy to end the year, with three division games they should be able to sweep.

Remaining Schedule:
12/4 – Panthers
12/8 – at Packers
12/15 – Rams
12/24 – Cardinals
1/1 – at 49ers

Projected Final Record: 11-4-1

3. Lions – (7-4 Overall)

The Lions are on a roll, and head into December with a NFC North division lead for the first time in years. Unfotunately for them, their schedule is arguably the toughest remaining of the current playoff teams. Expect some struggles from Matt Stafford on the road starting this week in New Orleans, and continuing against Eli Manning and the Giants. The New Years Day game at home vs. Green Bay could be for a playoff spot and the NFC North crown.

Remaining Schedule:

12/4 – at Saints
12/11 – Bears
12/18 – at Giants
12/26 – at Cowboys
1/1 – Packers

Projected Final Record: (9-7 Overall)

4. Falcons – (7-4 Overall)

Atlanta has the easiest remaining schedule among the current NFC playoff teams. Their toughest challenge is this Sunday, hosting Andy Reid and the Chiefs. While Matt Ryan and team have been benefited from the misfortunes of the Panthers tough season, a Christmas Eve matchup in Charlotte won’t end well for them. Look for Atlanta to move up and secure the 3 seed.

Remaining Schedule:

12/4 – Chiefs
12/11 – at Rams
12/18 – 49ers
12/24 – at Panthers
1/1 – Saints

Projected Final Record: (11-5 Overall)

5. New York Giants – (8-3 Overall)

The New York Giants enter December still in the hunt for the NFC East crown, but would need to sweep their remaining games and get some help. Their Week 1 win against Dallas will loom large if the Giants can beat them again in two weeks for tiebreak purposes. Watch out for the trap game before Christmas in Philly as well, as Eagles fans would love to ruin their neighbors seasons by costing them a division title.

Remaining Schedule:

12/4 – at Steelers
12/11 – Cowboys
12/18 – Lions
12/22 – at Eagles
1/1 – at Redskins

Colin Cowherd went on Undisputed on FOX and shared his thoughts on the G-Men:

Projected Final Record: (10-6)

6. Redskins – (6-4-1 Overall)

The Redskins Thanksgiving day loss may come back to haunt them. While on paper their remaining schedule is soft, watch out. We have no clue which Arizona Cardinals team will show up this weekend. A Monday Night Football matchup with the Panthers will be all about Josh Norman, which isn’t good. Don’t forget about their season finale against the Giants either.

Remaining Schedule:

12/4 – at Cardinals
12/11 – at Eagles
12/19 – Panthers
12/24 – at Bears
1/1 – Giants

Projected Final Record: (10-5-1 Overall)

In the hunt: Buccaneers (6-5 Overall), Vikings (6-5 Overall)

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