Updated Playoff Odds for Every Team After NFL Week 11

Vincent FrankCorrespondent INovember 19, 2012

Updated Playoff Odds for Every Team After NFL Week 11

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    The two "best" teams in the NFL in the form of the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans struggled against opponents that have to be considered weak. In the process, both seemed to fall from their throne as the two best teams in the league. 

    Instead, you are looking at seven or eight clubs with a legit shot at winning the Super Bowl. Mediocrity, or maybe parity, at its absolute best. 

    Meanwhile, a couple other teams (looking at Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys) kept their playoff hopes alive. Other teams, such as the Michael Vick-less Philadelphia Eagles, dropped completely out of the playoff race. 

    Certain coaches are firmly entrenched on the hot season, while other coaches might have kept their job for the next few months. 

    Either way, the NFL playoff race has gotten pretty darn interesting at this point in the season. As I have every week before, this article is going to take a look at playoff odds for each NFL team through the first 11 weeks of the 2012 season. 

Denver Broncos

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    Record: 7-3

    Postseason Chances: 95 Percent

    The Denver Broncos practically put away the AFC West with a 30-23 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. While Denver did struggle a bit against a lesser opponent at home, it scored 30 points for the fifth consecutive time. 

    Peyton Manning threw three more touchdown passes to three different receivers and spread the ball around to nine different targets during the game. 

    Look for the Broncos to keep up their winning ways next week against the Kansas City Chiefs before embarking on a three-game stretch where they have to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens. 

    Those games should be a real barometer of where Denver is at in terms of Super Bowl contention. That being said, it is becoming abundantly clear that Manning and company are one of the clear favorites in the AFC. 

San Diego Chargers

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    Record: 4-6

    Postseason Chances: 15 Percent

    One more loss, and the San Diego Chargers could be playing under an interim head coach. They now practically stand four games behind the Denver Broncos in the AFC West and two games out in the playoff race. 

    Norv Turner continues to lead a struggling but talented team to mediocrity. They have now lost four of their last five after starting the season 3-2. Equally as important, the Chargers just continue to find a way to lose. Inopportune mistakes, bad turnovers and a myriad different penalties (10 against Denver) has led many to question their ability to actually compete on a consistent basis. 

    San Diego now goes up against the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers in its next three games. We could conceivably be looking at a 4-9 team in mid-December. 

Oakland Raiders

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    Record: 3-7

    Postseason Chances: Two Percent

    The Oakland Raiders just aren't a good football team right now. They have now given up an average of 45 points per game over the course of their three-game losing streak after falling to the New Orleans Saints 38-17 on Sunday. 

    While everyone wants to blame Carson Palmer for Oakland's struggles, that would be too easy. This team has issues clear across the board on both sides of the ball. In fact, Palmer has been its best overall player through 11 weeks. 

    We all knew that new general manager Reggie McKenzie and first-year head coach Dennis Allen were in for a long season. It is all about building for the future and actually being able to bring some legit talent in, especially on defense. 

    Until that happens, Oakland will be nothing more than bottom-feeders. 

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Record: 1-9

    Postseason Changes: Zero Percent

    Embarrassing is the best term to define the Kansas City Chiefs through 11 weeks. They have now lost all five of their home games by an average of nearly two touchdowns. That is damn pathetic. 

    It seems that Kansas City doesn't even want to show up on Sundays either. It played a decent game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Monday, but laid a fat egg against the Cincinnati Bengals yesterday. 

    There is too much talent on this roster to be tied for the worst record in the National Football League. At some point, the blame has to go to head coach Romeo Crennel. 

    In any event, expect Kansas City to clean house following the season and attempt to find a quarterback of the future this upcoming April. 

Houston Texans

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    Record: 9-1

    Postseason Chances: 99 Percent

    Raise your hands if you envisioned the Jacksonville Jaguars putting up 37 points and over 450 yards against the Houston Texans on Sunday. I didn't think so. 

    Personally, I don't have an explanation for why this happened. Blaine Gabbert was injured on the opening drive and replaced by backup Chad Henne, who threw for 354 yards and four touchdowns. Meanwhile, rookie Justin Blackmon put up 236 receiving yards in a historical performance. 

    It took an Andre Johnson touchdown in overtime for Houston to come away with a win and avoid being the first 8-1 team to lose to a one-win team since 1986. 

    Not exactly the performance that Houston was expecting against one of the two worst teams in the NFL. 

    The Texans need to step it up big-time if they plan on being legit players in the AFC moving forward. With that in mind, every team is entitled to a poor performance. Let's just hope for Houston's sake this is more of a mirage than anything. 

Indianapolis Colts

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    Record: 6-4

    Postseason Chances: 60 Percent

    The Indianapolis Colts were blown off the field in Gillette Stadium against the New England Patriots on Sunday to the tune of 59-24, which represented the most points that New England has scored in the history of its franchise. 

    Andrew Luck threw three interceptions and turned the ball over a total of four times. In the end, he looked the part of an inexperienced rookie. 

    Despite the blowout loss, Indianapolis is 6-4 and still in the thick of the AFC playoff race. One loss against a superior opponent on the road really isn't going to make or break its season. 

    The key here for Indianapolis is rebounding against the Buffalo Bills at home next week. It simply cannot afford to lose that game if it wants to be considered serious playoff contenders entering December. 

Tennessee Titans

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    Record: 4-6

    Postseason Chances: 15 Percent

    The Tennessee Titans were on a bye Sunday after dismantling the Miami Dolphins 37-3 in Week 10. This is a team that still has a small glimmer of hope in the AFC, but is most definitely looking towards the future. 

    A win against the Jacksonville Jaguars next week will set up an important two-game make-or-break stretch for Tennessee against the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. 

    It is still hard to imagine Tennessee being serious playoff contenders in the AFC. It has to most likely win its final six games in order to even be considered. Do you realistically expect a team that ranks 31st in scoring defense and 30th in overall defense to be able to go on a run like that? 

    I don't. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Record: 1-9

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent

    What an impressive performance by these Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. They went into Houston and stood toe-to-toe with a Texans team that possesses the best overall record in the National Football League. 

    Chad Henne replaced an injured and ineffective Blaine Gabbert in the first quarter. The veteran quarterback went on to have one of the best single-game performances in franchise history. Henne threw for 354 yards and four scores in leading Jacksonville to a near victory over the Texans. 

    There is now a full-scale quarterback competition in Jacksonville with an unimpressive youngster going up against a marginal veteran for a one win team. Yeah, not the ideal scenario that most Jaguars fans expected when Gabbert was selected in the top 10 of the 2011 NFL draft. 

    As it is, Jacksonville is completely out of the playoff race with a disastrous 1-9 record. 

Baltimore Ravens

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    Record: 8-2

    Postseason Chances: 90 Percent

    That might not have been an impressive victory for the Baltimore Ravens last night against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. After all, Pittsburgh was without Ben Roethlisberger and had to rely on a career backup in the form of Byron Leftwich. 

    At this point, Baltimore will definitely take a road win against its closest competitor in the AFC North. The Ravens now sit at 8-2 and possess the second-best record in the conference. Equally as important, it has a solid two game lead in the division with six games remaining. 

    It goes without saying that Baltimore is going to make the playoffs this season. It needs to, however, be more consistent on the road if it is going to actually win the AFC in January. 

    That is the ultimate goal here. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Record: 6-4

    Postseason Chances: 50 Percent

    The Pittsburgh Steelers' season will ultimately come down to how long Ben Roethlisberger it out. If they have to go with Byron Leftwich for more than a couple weeks, Pittsburgh will most likely be on the outside looking in when it comes to the AFC playoff picture. 

    It is one of the many contending teams that cannot afford to lose its starting quarterback for an extended period of time. In fact, we could easily conclude that the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans are the only two upper-echelon teams that could still contend without their starter. 

    Chris Mortensen over at ESPN reported on Sunday that the "best-case" scenario for Roethlisberger is to miss three weeks. This means that he will probably be a no-go when Pittsburgh takes on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13. 

    Pittsburgh did play relatively well against the Ravens last night, but wasn't able to come away with a surprise win at home. It now sits two games behind Baltimore in the division and is holding on to the final wildcard spot in the AFC. 

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Record: 5-5

    Postseason Chances: 45 Percent

    Two much-needed wins in a row and the Cincinnati Bengals are right back in the AFC playoff picture one game behind both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. 

    Cincinnati has now outscored its last two opponents by a combined 59-19 score after embarrassing the lowly Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday. Andy Dalton threw two touchdowns and BenJarvus Green-Ellis created some balance on offense by going for over 100 yards on the ground. 

    While the Bengals weren't stout on defense by any stretch of the imagination, they did hold a pathetic Kansas City offense to just six points. 

    Cincinnati now has two winnable games against the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers in the next two weeks before embarking on a tough schedule down the stretch. It must play the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in three of its final four games. 

    In order to feel good about a repeat trip the playoffs, Cincinnati probably needs to win five of its final six games. Do you see that happening? 

     


Cleveland Browns

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    Record: 2-8

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent

    Close, but not close enough. This has been the story of an inspired Cleveland Browns team this season. Following their overtime loss to the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday, they have now lost five games by one score each. 

    Of course, this is to be expected considering who Cleveland is relying on. Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon, its top three players on offense, are all rookies. Growing pains are just part of the maturation process. 

    That being said, Cleveland has now lost eight of its first 10 games and is 6-20 under Pat Shurmur. While the future is bright here, I am not sure that the current head coach fits into the plans. 

    I guess we will have to wait and see what new owner Jimmy Haslam has in store for this franchise following the end of the regular season. 

     


New England Patriots

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    Record: 7-3

    Postseason Chances: 98 Percent

    Tom Brady and company laid the beat down on an Indianapolis Colts team that came in with four consecutive wins and an impressive 6-3 record. 

    The New England Patriots defense intercepted Andrew Luck three times, returning two for touchdowns. When all was said and done, the Patriots scored three non-offensive touchdowns and racked up a franchise record 59 points, 

    If their defense can make plays like this, no team in the AFC is going to be able to stop the Patriots. It is all about maintaining a consistently high level of play on that side of the ball. 

    However, all isn't great in New England. 

    The Boston Globe reported Sunday night that star tight end Rob Gronkowski broke his left forearm against Indianapolis and is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks. 

    This means that Gronkowski will most likely miss the Patriots' two toughest games against the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers. Considering that they are already two games behind the aforementioned Texans, it sure looks like the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC will not be going through New England. Instead, the Patriots will have to put on their road warrior gear in order to repeat as conference champions. 

Miami Dolphins

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    Record: 4-6

    Postseason Chances: 11 Percent

    Ryan Tannehill has started acting the part of an inexperienced rookie over the last two games, and it probably means that the Miami Dolphins will be sitting at home once the regular season ends. 

    The Texas A&M product has now thrown one touchdown compared to five interceptions in Miami's last two games, both losses. 

    Miami now sits two games out of the final AFC playoff spots and has to leapfrog a whole host of teams even to be considered a legit contender. 

    Not all is lost here. No one outside of South Beach really expected the Dolphins to contend this season. They have the building blocks to contend with the New England Patriots in the AFC East moving forward. It is all about acquiring more talent on both sides of the ball and using those excess of draft picks in the 2013 NFL draft to build a more solid foundation. 

    As it relates to 2012, Miami's next six games will be all about getting Tannehill and other youngsters some more invaluable experience. 

Buffalo Bills

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    Record: 4-6

    Postseason Chances: 10 Percent

    The Buffalo Bills got a season-saving win against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night, but still have one hell of a hill to climb in order to get back into contention the AFC. 

    That being said, every single game remaining on Buffalo's schedule is winnable. It has home games remaining against the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets. 

    On the off chance that Buffalo does win its final six games, a highly unlikely scenario, it could actually squeeze into the postseason. 

    Will it happen? Of course not. 

    While the Bills have played much better defense in recent games, they still rank 29th in scoring and 26th in overall defense. In order for this team to contend moving forward, it needs to definitely fix that side of the ball. 

New York Jets

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    Record: 4-6

    Postseason Chances: 10 Percent

    Yeah, we all saw this coming. Mark Sanchez had one of the best statistical games of his entire career against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The enigmatic quarterback completed 75 percent of his passes and avoided an interception in route to a 118.3 rating. 

    The New York Jets built an astounding 20-point lead in the fourth quarter against a Rams team that had just tied the San Francisco 49ers the week prior. 

    It won't be enough to get this team into the postseason. 

    As is the case with two other AFC East clubs, the Jets are two games back in the conference playoff picture and really don't have a path to get to the postseason without winning their final six games. Those hopes will likely fade when the Jets take on the Patriots in New England next week. 

San Francisco 49ers

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    Record: 7-2-1

    Postseason Chances: 85 Percent

    Yeah, we all saw this coming. The San Francisco 49ers, without the services of starting quarterback Alex Smith, dismantled what was a 7-2 Chicago Bears team Monday night. The final score of 32-7 wasn't actually indicative of just how one sided this affair was.

    Colin Kaepernick, making his first NFL start, completed 70 percent of his passes for nearly 250 yards and two touchdowns against a vaunted Bears' defense. Equally as important, he didn't turn the ball over.

    Defensively, it was complete and utter domination. San Francisco recorded six sacks on Jason Campbell, who was in for the injured Jay Cutler. In total, Chicago netted a total of 58 passing yards in this one.

    As I have stated numerous times in the past, no team in the NFL can beat San Francisco if it plays its best football. The major issue for the 49ers is actually playing at this level consistently.

    San Francisco now sits with the second best record in the NFC and must travel to the Bayou to take on the New Orleans Saints next week.

    Despite Kaepernick's outstanding effort, you can expect Smith to get the start in that one as long as he is cleared to play.

Seattle Seahawks

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    Record: 6-4

    Postseason Chances: 50 Percent

    The Seattle Seahawks, who had a bye this week, sat back and watched both the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals fall completely out of contention in the NFC West. 

    San Francisco's 32-7 beat down of the Chicago Bears leaves Seattle two games behind in the loss column. While it will take a lot for Seattle to win the division, it is in the NFC playoff race for the long haul. 

    Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson now ranks 12th in the NFL in quarterback rating and continues to get better on a weekly basis. Marshawn Lynch has been one of the most productive running backs in the NFL as well. 

    As I have stated over and over again, Seattle's chance at the postseason will be predicated on actually winning on the road. It has three remaining games away from the Pacific Northwest against the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills. None of those games are going to be easy. 

    On the other hand, Seattle plays all three of its division rivals at home in the next six weeks. Just a 4-2 record over the final six games should be enough to get the Seahawks into the playoffs. 

Arizona Cardinals

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    Record: 4-6

    Postseason Chances: Three Percent

    The Arizona Cardinals have now lost six games in a row after starting the season 4-0. They have absolutely no shot at the postseason at this point and continue to struggle on the offensive side of the ball. 

    Despite forcing Matt Ryan into five interceptions on Sunday, Arizona came away on the losing side of the ledger once again. It replaced ineffective backup quarterback John Skelton with Ryan Lindley, who didn't perform much better. 

    Two keys issues are keeping Arizona way from contention. It has absolutely no viable starting quarterback to lead the passing game. The Cardinals also struggle a great deal protecting whoever is under center. 

    Expect Arizona to look long and hard at both the offensive line and quarterback positions this offseason. Short of major upgrades along those two units, Arizona will not be contending in the NFC West anytime soon. 

St. Louis Rams

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    Record: 3-6-1

    Postseason Chances: Two Percent

    How in the world did this happen? The St. Louis Rams, coming off a hard-fought tie with one of the best teams in the NFL in the form of the San Francisco 49ers, laid a complete egg against the New York Jets at home on Sunday. 

    In fact, they literally cracked open an egg in 100-degree weather and let it stink up the Edward Jones Dome yesterday. 

    The Jets took a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter before St. Louis scored a meaningless touchdown. In the end, New York took the game 27-13 ,as Mark Sanchez had one of his better recent outings against a poor Rams defense. 

    St. Louis now sits with just three wins through 11 weeks and hasn't won a game since the beginning of October. It is completely out of the playoff picture at this point. 

Atlanta Falcons

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    Record: 9-1

    Postseason Chances: 99 Percent

    Simply put, Matt Ryan needs to play better football if the Atlanta Falcons plan on actually winning a playoff game for the first time in his tenure. Ryan threw five interceptions in Atlanta's 23-19 win over an Arizona Cardinals team that seems to have forgotten that the forward pass is legal. 

    Ryan has now thrown one touchdown compared to eight interceptions in his last three home games. 

    While Atlanta is still the front-runner to grab the No. 1 overall seed in the NFL, it is nowhere near as certain that it will as it was a few weeks ago. 

    No matter what happens between the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers tonight, Atlanta will have a precarious one-game lead in the loss column entering Week 12. 

    It also has to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, two teams that have won a combined seven consecutive games, in the next couple weeks. 

    Ryan and company need to get the ship righted now! 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Record: 6-4

    Postseason Chances: 50 Percent

    Things are getting interesting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have now won four consecutive games since starting the season losing four of their first six. 

    Josh Freeman, despite throwing two interceptions against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, is on one of the best stretches of his NFL career. Meanwhile, rookie running back Doug Martin surpassed 1,000 yards in Tampa Bay's overtime victory over the Panthers. 

    The Buccaneers now rank third in the NFL in scoring and have one of the most dynamic offenses in the entire league. 

    One major sticking point here. Tampa Bay just isn't that good against the pass. It still ranks dead last in that category, even after holding Cam Newton pretty much in check yesterday. 

    Greg Schiano and company are now tied for the final playoff spot with both the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. 

    With that in mind, the Buccaneers have an extremely difficult remaining schedule. They have to face the Atlanta Falcons (twice), Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints in their final six outings. 

New Orleans Saints

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    Record: 5-5

    Postseason Changes: 30 Percent

    Don't look now, but the New Orleans Saints are just one game out of a playoff spot in the NFC after completely destroying a lifeless Oakland Raiders team 38-17 on Sunday. 

    The Saints defense still leaves a lot to be desired. They yielded over 400 yards and 24 first downs to an Oakland offense that was missing its two top running backs. Imagine what will happen when the Saints have to actually go up against a viable offense down the stretch. 

    Offensively, it is a completely different story. Drew Brees continues to play some of the best football of his career. The future Hall of Fame quarterback has now compiled 24 touchdowns compared to five interceptions in the last eight games after starting the season slowly. 

    If he continues to play at this level, there is no doubt in my mind that the Saints will be in the thick of the playoff race in December. 

    Their schedule is daunting. New Orleans must take on three of the best teams in the NFC in the next three weeks in the form of the San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants. Anything less than two wins in those three games will most likely spell an end to the Saints' season. 

Carolina Panthers

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    Record: 2-8

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent

    The Carolina Panthers came into 2012 with playoff expectations. They are now pretty much eliminated from contention after just 11 weeks. 

    This cannot be what head coach Ron Rivera and company had in mind back in August. Cam Newton has regressed as a quarterback, and Carolina has absolutely no run game to speak of. 

    Ending any idea of continuity, two different coaches have been fired in the last couple weeks, and Rivera finds himself firmly entrenched on the proverbial hot seat. 

    In short, things are a complete and utter mess in Carolina. That usually happens when a team loses seven of eight games. 

Green Bay Packers

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    Record: 7-3

    Postseason Chances: 75 Percent

    It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but the Green Bay Packers have now won five consecutive games after defeating the Detroit Lions 24-20 on Sunday. The Packers now control their own destiny in regards to a playoff berth. 

    More importantly, Green Bay is no now tied fort the top spot in the NFC North after the Chicago Bears lost 32-7 on Monday. 

    If Aaron Rodgers has anything to say about it, Green Bay will go on to win the NFC when all is said and done. The reigning MVP is back to 2011 form. He has thrown 24 touchdowns compared to four interceptions since Green Bay's "loss" to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3. 

Chicago Bears

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    Record: 7-3

    Postseason Chances: 70 Percent

    That wasn't pretty. The Chicago Bears were absolutely dominated against a superior San Francisco 49ers team 32-7 tonight. While Jason Campbell had to start in lieu of an injured Jay Cutler, the issues were much more widespread than the quarterback position. 

    Chicago's defense was absolutely destroyed by Colin Kaepernick, who was making his initial NFL start. The second-year quarterback completed 70 percent of his passes, threw two touchdowns and compiled a 133.1 quarterback rating. 

    Meanwhile, Campbell was sacked a total of six times as Chicago's offense line literally crapped itself against the likes of Aldon Smith and Justin Smith. 

    Chicago is now in a first place tie with the Green Bay Packers and has an incredibly difficult remaining schedule. While this loss hurts a lot, it isn't the end of the world for this talented team. 

Minnesota Vikings

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    Record: 6-4

    Postseason Chances: 30 Percent

    The Minnesota Vikings may be tied for the final playoff spot in the NFC. They might have the 2012 NFL MVP in the form of Adrian Peterson as well. 

    By no means does this guarantee Minnesota a postseason berth. In fact, I would wager against it actually earning one of the six spots. 

    The primary reason for this is the fact that Minnesota has five brutal games remaining. It has to go up against both the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears twice, as well as the Houston Texans. Anything short of three wins there will pretty much take the Vikings out of the playoff picture. 

    With that in mind, we have to look at their body of work thus far this season. The Vikings have now won twice as many games as they did last season. Even if the Vikings fail to make the playoffs, 2012 has to be considered a success. 

Detroit Lions

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    Record: 4-6

    Postseason Chances: Five Percent

    The Detroit Lions, who came into 2012 with extremely high expectations after winning 10 games last season, are all but eliminated from playoff contention in the NFC. 

    It is a myriad of different issues that continues to hold the Lions back. Matthew Stafford has regressed a great deal from last season, Detroit's offensive line has a few different holes, and its defense just doesn't seem to be up to task at this point in the season. 

    The bigger problem here is that Detroit has failed to play a full game through 11 weeks. If the passing game is going, the running back struggles. If Detroit's offense is putting in work, its defense just cannot stop opposing offenses. 

    Jim Schwartz and company need to surround the likes of Stafford and Calvin Johnson with more talent. Having two star players might work in the NBA, but it isn't going to work in a game where you have to rely on a minimum of 24 players to get the job done. 

    In short, Detroit's roster appears to be a bit too top-heavy right now. It needs to build more depth on both sides of the ball. That is what general manager Martin Mayhew will be working on once the regular season ends. 

New York Giants

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    Record: 6-4

    Postseason Chances: 60 Percent

    Don't look now, but the New York Giants appear to be on the verge of an actual division race in the NFC East. This wasn't even considered a possibility just a few short weeks ago. 

    The culprit? New York just continues to stink it up in November. As I mentioned last week, Eli Manning and company have lost 10 of their last 14 games in this month.

    New York now must go up against the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens in four of its final six games. 

    Let me be clear here. New York is still the favorite to capture the NFC East. That being said, it still has a lot of work to do before being considered serious contenders for a repeat in this ultra-competitive conference. That work begins next week in a rematch against Green Bay this upcoming week. 

Dallas Cowboys

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    Record: 5-5

    Postseason Chances: 40 Percent

    Was that a season-defining win for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday? No. Instead, it was a season-saving win for Jason Garrett and company against the Cleveland Browns. 

    A loss would probably have sent Garrett packing and Dallas completely out of the NFC playoff picture. No matter how ugly the overtime win might have been, it is still a win. 

    Tony Romo didn't throw an interception in 50 pass attempts against Cleveland on Sunday and continues to play mistake-free football. The former Pro Bowler has now thrown 111 consecutive passes without an interception. If he is able to keep that up, Dallas stands a good shot at actually making the playoffs. 

    With a win against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving, Dallas would be just one half game behind the New York Giants in the NFC East. It then goes up against a bad Philadelphia Eagles team the next week before embarking on a difficult three-game stretch against the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints. 

    In reality, Dallas probably needs to win five of its last six in order to make the playoffs. Do you see that happening? 

Washington Redskins

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    Record: 4-6

    Postseason Chances: 10 Percent

    Words just don't describe what Robert Griffin III did against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. He completed 14-of-15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns in route to a perfect quarterback rating. RGIII also added 84 yards on the ground. 

    In the process, the rookie quarterback became only the third quarterback in NFL history to compile 2,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in the same season. 

    Despite humiliating the Philadelphia Eagles to the tune of 31-6, Washington still sits two games back in the NFC playoff picture and have a whole host of teams to surpass in order to get back in the race. 

    The good news here is that Washington has the Dallas Cowboys coming up on Thanksgiving. A win there would put it in a much better situation heading down the stretch. 

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Record: 3-7

    Postseason Chances: One Percent

    The Philadelphia Eagles just aren't competing anymore. They have now lost six consecutive games and fallen completely out of the playoff picture. Philadelphia was blown away by the rival Washington Redskins 31-6 on Sunday, completely stinking up D.C. in every possible way. 

    Nick Foles, making his first NFL start, wasn't the real issue here either. 

    Instead, Philadelphia couldn't stop Washington's offense at all. Hell, it allowed a rookie quarterback to amass a perfect quarterback rating. 

    Offensively, it was just as much of a joke. Adding insult to injury, quite literally, LeSean McCoy went down with a concussion and will have to pass a battery of tests in order to play against the Carolina Panthers next week. 

    At this point, I see absolutely no reason to keep head coach Andy Reid around. He doesn't fit into the Eagles' long-term plans and is pretty much playing out the string. In fact, we could here something about his job status later on Monday. 

     

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