As we approach the new year, we also approach the most important time in the NFL. It’s go time for every team to go out and prove that they belong in the postseason. Last week, we saw Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs beat the Patriots in Foxboro, we all witnessed a shootout of epic proportions in the 49ers–Saints game. While some teams are fighting for the playoffs, other teams are finding themselves at the bottom of the food chain. It’s a frantic time in the NFL, and we are here to guide you through the NFC’s top-heavy, good problem to have, mess.
NFC Playoff Picture
It’s a loaded, top-heavy list of teams. I personally like the 49ers to remain the one seed once the playoffs start. The two seed gets tricky because we could really see any of the 5 other teams (besides the Cowboys) move into this slot. I am not sure if the Packers have done enough to hold that seed past this weekend. I like their offense but I am still not sold on Matt LaFleur.
If I had to choose today, I’d pick the Seahawks to finish second. I think they’ve been one of the most impressive offenses in the NFL led by Russell Wilson, and have a favorable game in Week 15 against the Panthers. Brian Schottenheimer went in as Offensive Coordinator and completely changed this Seahawks team into a more aerial attack and switched their running game to a gap-scheme.
Obviously, things get a little weird with the NFC East. The Eagles and Cowboys are both fighting for that division lead, with the Cowboys currently holding it at 6-7. They play in Week 16 in a game that will inevitably decide who wins that division. It’s been a showcase of ugly, ugly football from all 4 teams in the division. It’s insane that one of these teams will host a playoff game.
The Saints looked great on offense last weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, but lacked their stout defense, giving up 48 points in a losing effort. The Saints have been inconsistent all year, and I think its what will cost them a first round bye. Right now, they are projected to play the Vikings, the 6th seed, in the first round. I would love to see that matchup.
How will the standings look by next weekend? That’s the question on everyone’s mind at the moment. One thing is for certain, it won’t be totally decided until Week 17. Buckle up.