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Week 13 NFC Playoff Picture

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In Need Of A Festivus Miracle

Washington (4-7) Due to the fact that both Chicago and Detroit are reeling a small window has opened up for seven-loss teams.  For Washington, last week's win snapped a six game losing streak but to get back in it the 'Skins need to run the table.  A tall task with the Jets, Patriots and Giants on the schedule.

Tampa Bay (4-7) Tampa Bay has lost five in a row with no relief in sight, including an injury to quarterback Josh Freeman.  Even more painful is Tampa Bay's 3-5 conference record.

Arizona (4-7) The Cards have won three of their last four and today starts a three game stretch of all home games.  The NFC West is a lost cause but if Arizona keeps rolling they can sneak into the wild card discussion.

Seattle (5-7) With Thursday's win over Philadelphia the Seahawks inch closer.  Now they get a weekend of rest before a date against the Rams.  Seattle can really bolster their chances with a road win over Chicago on December 18.


In Need Of Help

New York (6-5) New York has a brutal December with games against the Packers, Cowboys, Redskins and Jets.  The key is the two meetings against Dallas (the second coming on January 1).  The Cowboys hold a one game lead in the NFC East.

Chicago (7-4) Currently the Lions hold a half-game edge in the common opponents tiebreaker, which puts a premium on Chicago's next two opponents: the Chiefs and Broncos.  Can Caleb Hanie keep the Bears in contention?


Controlling Their Destiny

Detroit (7-4) The Lions have some serious question marks coming into December and they look like a team that has already peaked.  Detroit has three rugged road tests: New Orleans, Oakland and Green Bay.

Atlanta (7-4) The Falcons are heating up and are within arm's length of division-leading New Orleans.  Looming large is a road game against the Saints on December 26.


Division Leaders

Dallas (7-4) Winners of four in a row the Cowboys have surged ahead in the NFC East but the two games against the Giants will determine the division championship.

New Orleans (8-3) The Saints have won three straight to keep an edge over Atlanta and the Saints have a favorable schedule to end it with home games against Detroit, Atlanta and Carolina.

San Francisco (9-2) San Francisco can clinch the NFC West with a win over ST. Louis today.  Beyond that the 49ers still have a shot at homefield advantage throughout.

Green Bay (11-0) The only drama here is whether or not the Packers can go 16-0.  The Packers can wrap up the NFC North with a win and losses by Chicago and Detroit.

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