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In Need Of A Festivus Miracle

San Francisco 49ers (4-8) Remarkably, the 49ers still have a shot at winning the NFC West.  San Francisco will play each division foe in the final four games and will need to win every one along with next week's game at San Diego.

Washington Redskins (5-7) Washington truly needs a miracle to make the playoffs.  The Redskins must run the table and then need a total collapse from Philadelphia and Green Bay.  This also assumes nobody from the West gets beyond 8 wins.  Like I said, they need a miracle.

Minnesota Vikings (5-7) The Vikings cannot win the division and like Washington it would take four wins and a whole lot of help to reach the postseason.  With games against the Giants, Bears and Eagles the Vikings can, at the very least, create havoc for teams vying for the postseason.

In Need Of Help

Seattle Seahawks (6-6) Yes, the Seahawks are tied for first place with the Rams but currently Seattle loses the tiebreaker.  The Week 17 rematch looms large but Seattle must keep pace with St. Louis, a tall task considering Seattle still has to play Atlanta and Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5) A two game losing streak puts the Bucs in a hole but Tampa Bay catches a breather with games against Washington, Detroit & Seattle.  It may come down to the Week 17 showdown at New Orleans.

Green Bay Packers (8-4) The Packers remain a game back of Chicago and tied with the Giants.  Currently, the Packers are losing tiebreakers to both but by playing both at the end of the season the Packers can play their way into the playoffs.

Controlling Their Destiny

New York Giants (8-4) New York is tied with Philadelphia atop the NFC East but a Week 11 loss to the Eagles gives Philly the tiebreaker for now.  There's good news/bad news for the Giants.  With the Minnesota game pushed back to Monday the Giants get an extra day to rest Steve Smith & Hakeem Nicks.  The bad news is the Giants will have short week to get ready for the Philly rematch.

New Orleans Saints (9-3) With a five game winning streak the Saints are looking like the 2009 Super Bowl team and the Saints are eying more than just a wild card bid.  New Orleans plays St. Louis today but Week 16 is the key as the Saints travel to Atlanta.

Division Leaders

St. Louis Rams (6-6) Can the Rams hang on?  St. Louis plays red hot New Orleans today then gets AFC West leading Kansas City next week.  It may come down to a winner-take-all showdown against Seattle Week 17.

Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) The Eagles can all but clinch the division with a win tonight over Dallas and a road victory over the Giants next week.  If that's the case the Eagles will need to leap over Chicago to grab a first round bye.

Chicago Bears (9-3) Chicago keeps on winning but a crucial game against New England could open up the NFC North.  Even if the Bears win they're still facing a key road matchup against the Packers with the division possibly at stake in Week 17.

Atlanta Falcons (10-2) Christmas comes early for the Falcons as the NFC South leaders get to play Carolina twice and get New Orleans at home Week 16.  But with the Saints only a game behind nothing is guaranteed yet.

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