Week 13 NFC Playoff Picture
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.
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.