Well were a week closer to the playoffs and the playoff picture has changed dramatically with last weeks games. The Niners lost to the Cardinals which put them in a tie with the Saints for the number 2 seed and a bye meanwhile the win for the Cards gave them a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. Yes I know most will say they have no chance but should they win out I believe they get in only the Lions could keep them out and they have some tough games ahead. As for the Niners Monday night is the biggest game of the year. This is a must win game if we ever had one this year no we are not out of the playoffs or will we lose the possibility of a bye but we wont be in control anymore. This game is a must win to boost their confidence and see what a playoff game is like Pittsburgh is in a must win as well if they want any shot of a home playoff game so the intensity of this game will be at the highest level and a win will go a long way for a team with little playoff experience.
Green Bay currently a lock for the number 1 seed and they can put a damper on the hopes of the Bears and Lions. They should win in KC this week and clinch the top seed then they will beat the bears and knock them out and the Lions will be the only thing between them and the perfect season. The Lions will be desperate to win this game as it could be a win and in for them but in the end I believe the pack gets it done
Niners currently number 2 seed and have a home game against Pittsburgh I believe the Niners win this game 17-6 then comes the game I fear the most on this three game stretch and that is the trip to Seattle they too are now in the hunt for the playoffs and even with a loss to the Niners could make it but would be tough.
Saints currently 3 seed and with the Vikings next the Saints should win easy putting pressure on the Niners to win Monday to keep pace then they will take on a fired up well rested Atlanta squad that I believe will win this game which will give the Niners the 2 seed should they take care of business and with that being done the Saints will still have a dog fight on there hands because they now will have to beat Carolina just to hang on to the division.
Giants currently 4 seed after beating Dallas the Giants are in control of the division but this will come down to the final week as Dallas makes a trip to NY where there actually could be a scenario where Dallas winning would eliminate both of them giving the Eagles the division. The Giants face a Redskin team that has already beaten the Giants this season so it is not a gimme for the Giants after the Redskins the Jets will be desperate for a win as they will face playoff elimination against the Giants as I believe the Eagles beat the Jets this week. This Redskin game is vital to the Giants making the playoffs.
Falcons currently 5th seed and with the win against Jacksonville tonight they all but clinched a wildcard spot though not officially I say there is no way they miss the playoffs. They can still win the division but highly unlikely I see them beating the Saints and Bucs to finish the season but the Saints take care of business and win the division.
Lions currently 6th seed and I don’t believe they will stay there this week the Lions will be in trouble as they enter the Black Hole which has a way of sucking the life out of visitors. The Raiders holding on to playoff hopes and coming off a most embarrassing loss will take down the Lions this week in the most penalized game of the season. Then come the Chargers and Packers its not looking good for the Lions.
Dallas is 7-6 and in trouble with a prime time game against the Bucs then the Eagles and Giants look for Dallas to go 1 and 2 finishing 8-8 and that’s if they can beat the Bucs. The Bucs have beaten good teams in Tampa this year and last time they got beat by 40 they beat the Saints the following week so this will not be an easy game for Dallas. Should they lose to the Bucs expect Dallas to go 7-9
Bears 7-6 and after this week will no longer be a part of this article as the Seahawks will take their place in the playoff conversation injuries have destroyed the Bears and they really have no chance to be in the playoffs.
Seattle 6-7 need to win out for a real chance at a playoff spot but even at 8-8 could make it the game against the Cardinals week 16 could be a win and in for either team.
Cardinals 6-7 have the best chance to make the playoffs with the Browns Bengals and Sehawks left the Cardinals will need to win all three games and hope the lions win only 1 game. Also they will need Dallas to lose 1 game as well. I have to say it looks promising for the Cardinals should they take care of business.
Eagles could not of had a better week they actually won convincingly and Dallas losing kept there hopes alive they will need to win out and have the Cowboys and Giants finish at 8-8 this would give the Eagles the division it could happen but then again they need help so until next week I still say they are DREAMING about the playoffs but should the Redskins beat the Giants look out .
The way I see it right now Packers and Niners will get the bye
Atlanta will go to New York and the Saints will take on the Cardinals
by Mike Zamora