Well as I thought the Niners would beat the Steelers and push forward for the number 2 seed giving them a first round bye. Most of the week went the way I felt it would as well with the Redskins winning and the Lions having a tough time in Oakland though I did think they would lose. The Cardinals did come through and the Seahawks are really looking good and will give the Niners the next closest thing to a road playoff game look they can get. The Saints and Falcons dominated while the Packers looked human for a day. As for the Eagles they kept the dream alive but it will end this week. So this week should eliminate the Eagles and Sehawks and Bears.
Packers currently 13 – 1 yes they lost and this could help the Lions with games against the Bears and Lions remaining there is no need to go all out against the Lions in week 17 they will not lose to the Bears this week and will then have the opportunity to put the Lions out if they wish. Packers will wrap up 1 seed this week and then will see how they handle the Lions.
49ers currently 10-3 after beating the Steelers soundly they face what I have thought for weeks the toughest game left if we expect to go far in the playoffs they must win this game convincingly so they can taste a road playoff atmosphere this game will be a test the Niners need and will look back upon when they have a road playoff game.
Saints currently 10-3 and they beat another awful team with no problem at all but this Monday they will be tested by a team playing well and always takes the game to the end with the Saints they will need to win this game or they will be the number 3 seed or possibly 5 because the Panthers will not go easy.
Dallas currently 8-7 with the Eagles and the Giants looming not looking good in my opinion Dallas will lose this weekend then go to NY for a winner take all and that is a tough task and even if Dallas wins against the Eagles they lose most tie breakers to Arizona and Lions so the Division is there only hope.
Falcons currently 9-5 with a Monday night showdown in NO this is a dress rehearsal for the playoffs for both these teams with a lot on the line Falcons can still win the division as they have a better week 17 match up. This game is also huge to the Niners as they will clinch the number 2 seed with a Saints loss and a Niners victory. Now should the Falcons lose out they would fall to the 6th seed and face NO yet again.
Lions currently 9-5 with a big win in the Black Hole they are not out of the woods but received a gift from the Chiefs. The Lions will be taking on the Chargers this week and this could be the highest scoring game of the season both teams must win but the Chargers need it more. The Chargers are a more complete team but going on the road will favor the Lions. Should the Lions win they clinch but if they lose they must win against Green Bay and that looks to be a better opportunity now that the undefeated season is finished.
NY Giants currently 7-7 after another loss to the Redskins the Giants now have the Jets in there sites and I have to take the Giants in this game QB Eli Manning will be the difference as well as . Then the playoffs begin for the Giants as they will face the Cowboys in an elimination game.
Arizona currently 7-7 had a another good win and now head to Cinci where we have another elimination type game. Arizona will win this game they are simply playing better than Cinci and are healthy. The bad part for Arizona is that the Packers loss to the Chiefs may keep the Cards out of the post season. Arizona in my opinion has a better defense than the Lions and would give the Saints a better game than the Lions.
Seahawks currently 7-7 and with loss to the Niners will be eliminated and looking forward to the draft and they will put up a huge fight. The Niners should win this game because the OL for the Seahawks is patchwork at best. Should the Seahawks win they could still be eliminated by the Lions.
Eagles and Bears sorry but you are about to be eliminated though the Eagles will win this week.
Last week I had Packers Niners Saints Giants Falcons and Cardinals in the playoffs but the Lions are looking better for the 6th seed so that is the change for now. As far as the Niners are concerned in the playoffs we can beat anyone at home on the road will be tougher but not impossible. I have been doing a little digging and the Packers and Saints have only faced one top 5 defense between them while the Niners faced 3 top 5 offenses this season.
Here comes Week 16 Lets Go Niners
and Merry Christmas Everyone
By Mike Zamora