Updated Playoff Odds for Every Team After NFL Week 12

Vincent Frank@VincentFrankNFLCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

Updated Playoff Odds for Every Team After NFL Week 12

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    Not much was decided around the National Football League this week, as it appears we are headed toward an awesome climax to what has already been a dramatic season. 

    Thanksgiving brought us some high-scoring affairs, as all three road teams took care of business, while both the New York Jets and Detroit Lions were all but eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins made emphatic statements. 

    It also appeared as though the Dallas Cowboys' playoff hopes came crashing down, as they were practically blown out of their home stadium by Washington. That changed dramatically when a multitude of different teams ahead of Dallas in the NFC went down to defeat. 

    Sunday brought us a little more intrigue. Colin Kaepernick, making his second NFL start over Alex Smith, led the San Francisco 49ers to an impressive victory, and the New York Giants returned from a bye to throttle a Green Bay Packers team coming off five consecutive victories. 

    We saw the Denver Broncos practically wrap up the AFC East with a close victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, who are now the only team in the NFL mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. 

    OK, so some stuff did happen here. 

    Here are my weekly playoff odds for all 32 NFL teams. Now that we are hitting the latter quarter of the regular season, things are starting to fall in place. 

Denver Broncos

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    Record: 8-3

    Postseason Chances: 99 Percent

    * Denver can clinch the AFC West with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or a San Diego Chargers loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. 

    The Denver Broncos won their sixth consecutive game Sunday when they defeated the lowly Kansas City Chiefs by a much closer than anticipated 17-9 score. 

    It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination. Denver started the game out with three lackluster possessions in a row that resulted in a punt, missed field goal and an interception. With that said, Denver got through some early struggles and defeated a division rival on the road. 

    It is now four games ahead in the AFC West with five games remaining, as every other team in the division lost. Needless to say, Denver is going to capture the division championship and advance to the postseason. 

    As indicated above, it could actually wrap it all up next week. 

    From here on out, it is all going to be about seeding. Denver is looking to acquire a first-round bye and home playoff game moving forward. Only two of its final five remaining games are against opponents that are currently over .500. 

San Diego Chargers

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    Record: 4-7

    Postseason Chances: Five Percent

    What can I write about the San Diego Chargers that already hasn't been written? They found yet another way to blow a game late by giving up a double-digit lead to the Baltimore Ravens at home on Sunday. 

    With a win clearly in grasp, San Diego's defense allowed Ray Rice to convert on a 4th-and-29 late in the game. This ended up sending the game into overtime, and the rest is history. 

    San Diego has now lost six of its last seven games and is quickly falling out of the playoff race. It must also go up against the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers in the next two weeks. 

    This team is all but out of the playoff race. The only remaining drama in Southern California is when head coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith will finally be shown the door.

Oakland Raiders

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    Record: 3-8

    Postseason Chances: Two Percent

    At least we found out that the Oakland Raiders have some type of passion to play football. Lamarr Houston and Tommy Kelly were both ejected in a fourth-quarter melee against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in what amounted to a bunch of pent-up frustration from a team that has now lost eight of its first 11 games. 

    Oakland gave up 21 early points en route to another embarrassing loss. After giving up 34 points to Cincinnati, Oakland has yielded a whopping 169 points (42.3 points per game) in its last four outings. That just isn't going to get it done. 

    We already know that the talent level just isn't there right now for Oakland. While that is a primary reason for the Raiders' 3-8 record, it doesn't tell the entire story. They just don't seem capable of actually competing with teams on a consistent basis. 

    First-year general manager Reggie McKenzie not only has a multitude of personnel decisions to make following the season, he has to take a close look at rookie head coach Dennis Allen. At some point, being embarrassed on a consistent basis just isn't going to cut it. 

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Record: 1-10

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent 

    * The Kansas City Chiefs are officially eliminated from playoff contention. 

    I fully expect Romeo Crennel to be shown the door within hours of this article going live. As you see above, the Kansas City Chiefs are eliminated from the postseason after just 12 weeks. They played a relatively close game against the Denver Broncos, but it wasn't enough in the end. 

    The Chiefs have now lost eight consecutive games and are 0-6 at home. Even more disturbing for fans and the front office, Kansas City has been outscored by an average of 12 points in its six home games. 

    It is one thing to be in rebuilding mode; it is a completely different thing not to be able to compete at home on a regular basis. And it is a much different thing to actually lose 10 of your first 11 games with a team as talented as Kansas City is. 

    Following the Jacksonville Jaguars' win on Sunday, Kansas City has the inside track for the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft. I guess that will lessen the blow in what has been a lost season for this franchise. 

Houston Texans

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    Record: 10-1

    Postseason Chances: 99 Percent

    The Houston Texans have now won two consecutive games deep into overtime. They did so against two lesser opponents within a four-day stretch. 

    Not exactly what a team with the best record in the AFC does in order to create separation from the pack. It seems to me that Houston has reverted back to 2011 form by playing down to the level of its competition, especially on the defense side of the ball. 

    While that will not come back to haunt the Texans against weaker opponents in the regular season, it could have some wide-ranging impact in the playoffs. That being said, Houston has won 10 of its first 11 games and seems to be in prime position to acquire home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. 

    Four of its final five games are against opponents currently with records over .500, including two games against the Indianapolis Colts. We will definitely get a better gauge of where Houston is as it relates to Super Bowl contention during this span. 

    If Andre Johnson has anything to say about it, Houston will be just fine. He has recorded a whopping 23 receptions for 461 yards in his last two games, the best two-game stretch in the history of the NFL. 

    As it is, Houston is still one of the top four teams in the NFL and is in prime position to contend for the AFC championship come January. 

Indianapolis Colts

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    Record: 7-4

    Postseason Chances: 70 Percent

    How about these Indianapolis Colts? Following a blowout loss to the New England Patriots in Week 11, Indianapolis returned to the win column after defeating the Buffalo Bills, 20-13, on Sunday. 

    No one here is pretending that Indianapolis is a viable contender to win the AFC this season, but what it has done through 11 games is nothing short of amazing. 

    While Andrew Luck has struggled a bit in his last two games, he is leading an inspired team to extraordinary results on the field. Remember, it was just a season ago that the Colts were somewhat of a laughing stock around the NFL.

    They have now won five more games than they did last season and would be in the postseason if the season ended today. It might be a one-and-done scenario for this young team, but that possible playoff appearance could be an invaluable experience for Luck and company. 

    Indy currently sits one game up for the final playoff spot with five games remaining. It only has two games remaining against opponents currently over .500, both of them versus the division-leading Houston Texans. 

    If Indianapolis wants to make a statement that it can actually contend with the top teams in the AFC, it can definitely do it during the final month or so of the regular season. 

Tennessee Titans

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    Record: 4-7

    Postseason Chances: Five Percent

    The Tennessee Titans literally crapped their way out of the AFC playoff picture on Sunday when they fell to a one-win Jacksonville Jaguars team by the score of 24-19. It goes without saying that this was a game that Jake Locker and company couldn't afford to lose if they wanted to remain relevant for the remainder of the season. 

    It is also not the way that Tennessee wanted to come out of its bye following a 37-3 win over the Miami Dolphins two weeks before. 

    In all honesty, Tennessee would be one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL if it wasn't for the Chiefs and Eagles. It had playoff expectations coming in, but just hasn't been able to continue the momentum we saw in a surprising 9-7 2011. 

    It is right back to the drawing board for for this franchise. The primary question will be whether they make the decision to part ways with head coach Mike Munchak following an uninspired performance this year. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Record: 2-9

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent

    Leave it to a second-string backfield to give the Jacksonville Jaguars their second win of the season. Chad Henne followed up a superb performance last week with a two-touchdown game against the Titans in the 24-19 Jags win. 

    Meanwhile, Jacksonville gained exactly 100 yards on the ground without the services of star running back Maurice Jones-Drew. 

    It goes without saying that Jacksonville isn't in playoff contention right now. However, it has played some inspired football over the course of the last two games. That has to be uplifting to first-year head coach Mike Mularkey and rookie owner Shahid Khan. 

    Jacksonville is still nowhere near where it wants to be. It needs major upgrades on both sides of the ball and has to actually find out whether either of its two current quarterbacks are long-term solutions. 


Baltimore Ravens

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    Record: 9-2

    Postseason Chances: 95 Percent

    The Baltimore Ravens were not impressive by any stretch of the imagination on Sunday in their 16-13 overtime victory over a struggling San Diego Chargers team. 

    Baltimore accumulated a total of just three points in the first three quarters before a defensive breakdown by the Chargers defense let the Ravens back in the game. This is a team that continues to struggle on the offense on the road. It is averaging less than 17 points per game in six road outings thus far this season. 

    One of the primary reasons for this is due to the inconsistent play of Joe Flacco away from home. He has now tallied just four touchdown passes in those road games. 

    While Baltimore was helped a great deal by the Cleveland Browns' win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, it needs to be more consistent on the road if it hopes to go deep into the postseason, especially with the Houston Texans having a stranglehold on the top spot in the conference. 


Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Record: 6-5

    Postseason Chances: 35 Percent

    Charlie Batch isn't going to win you many games. Turning the ball over eight times in one outing isn't going to win you any football games. 

    This is the situation that the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in after their disastrous 20-13 loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns on Sunday. In total, Batch threw three interceptions, and five different players lost fumbles in the humiliating defeat. 

    Needless to say, Pittsburgh needs its star quarterback back if it is going to earn a playoff berth this season. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday that Ben Roethlisberger "just" may make it back for Pittsburgh's huge Week 13 game against the division-leading Baltimore Ravens. 

    At this point, Pittsburgh's success is contingent on the health of Big Ben. If he is able to play at a high level for remainder of the season, it might just make the playoffs. If not, Mike Tomlin and company will be on the outside looking in come January. 


Cincinnati Bengals

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    Record: 6-5

    Postseason Chances: 55 Percent

    Don't get too excited yet. The top three teams in the BCS standings would probably hang with the Oakland Raiders at this point. In reality, the Cincinnati Bengals took care of business against a bad team at home on Sunday. 

    This is something that good teams need to do, and Cincinnati has won three consecutive games and is currently in a tie for the final playoff spot in the AFC. 

    Second-year quarterback Andy Dalton has been lights out during that stretch. He has thrown nine touchdowns compared to zero interceptions in the last three games. If Dalton is able to continue playing at this high level, Cincinnati will be making a second consecutive trip to the playoffs. 

Cleveland Browns

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    Record: 3-8

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent

    You have to give credit where credit is due. The Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn't have turned the ball over eight times against the Browns if the latter didn't do a tremendous job forcing the turnovers. 

    Cleveland has been out of the postseason race for quite some time now, but that really isn't the point here. It continues to compete on a weekly basis against more talented teams and has shown us that it definitely has a bright future. 

    While the Browns are playing out the string, their young players are gaining valuable experience. This will make them a much better team moving forward. 

    Bank on that! 


New England Patriots

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    Record: 8-3

    Postseason Chances: 99 Percent

    If the New England Patriots continue to play this type of physical defense, they are going to be one difficult matchup for opposing teams come playoff time. 

    New England's defense has now forced a ridiculous 12 turnovers in the last three games, as its secondary, led by a myriad of youngsters, continues to come through big time. 

    Equally as important, the Patriots have the most balanced offense they have seen in some time. Second-year running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen have now combined for nearly 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns through 11 games.

    While it will be an uphill battle to gain the top spot in the AFC, New England will be going up against the Houston Texans in two weeks. It then follows that tremendous matchup with a home date against what is quickly becoming a dominating San Francisco 49ers team.

    We will know then where exactly New England stands.  

Miami Dolphins

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    Record: 5-6

    Postseason Chances: 26 Percent

    Impressive has to be the word to best define the performance of the Miami Dolphins in Week 12. They came from behind against a solid Seattle Seahawks team, avoiding what would have been a disastrous four-game losing streak. 

    Miami scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to mount an impressive comeback against one of the better defenses in the NFL. 

    This is a sign that the young Dolphins have mental toughness on the football field. They would have pretty much been eliminated from playoff contention with a loss against Seattle. Instead, Miami now sits just one game out of the final spot with five weeks remaining. 

    Miami now has a huge division game against the New England Patriots next week. If it is able to actually pull off an upset there, watch out! 

    Though that has to be considered an unlikely scenario with the way New England is currently playing. 

Buffalo Bills

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    Record: 4-7

    Postseason Chances: Five Percent

    The Buffalo Bills desperately needed a victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. A loss pretty much meant the end of any playoff hopes for this struggling team. 

    Despite keeping it close throughout, Buffalo just couldn't break through on the road against Indy. Ryan Fitzpatrick cut the lead to seven with a TD pass to Lee Smith early in the fourth quarter, but that was the end of the scoring. 

    At 4-7, Buffalo is now bunched up with a whole host of pretenders on the outside looking in as it relates to the AFC playoff picture.

    It does, however, have winnable games remaining against the Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

    Even if Buffalo were to run the table, it wouldn't be anywhere near guaranteeing itself a postseason spot. 

New York Jets

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    Record: 4-7

    Postseason Chances: Five Percent

    When "Ed the Fireman" quits on you, it most definitely isn't a good sign. When you give up 35 points in one quarter against a division rival, it is an even worse sign. When you do so at home on Thanksgiving in front of a national television audience, it is downright humiliating.  

    Heck, the Jets have even coined a new term, "Sanchez'd," a reference to Mark Sanchez's brilliantly horrific turnover against the Pats on Thursday. 

    The New York Jets are just a downright disaster right now. They don't have the talent to compete on a consistent basis, continue to make some serious mistakes on the field, and are a team divided in the locker room. 

    At this point, there might even be questions about head coach Rex Ryan's job security. This is how bad it has gotten for New York this season. 


San Francisco 49ers

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    Record: 8-2-1

    Postseason Chances: 95 Percent

    What quarterback controversy? Colin Kaepernick, making his second consecutive start for the San Francisco 49ers, led his team to an impressive 31-21 road victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 12.

    The second-year quarterback continues to impress, both in terms of the numbers he is putting up and the way he is playing the game. San Francisco is now averaging 31.5 points and nearly 400 total yards in his two starts. In the process, he has completed 67 percent of his passes for 511 total yards and four touchdowns while throwing just one interception. 

    As someone that has supported Alex Smith over the years, it is time to come to the realization that the 49ers are now Kaepernick's team. He gives their offense an added dimension that the veteran Smith just couldn't provide.  

    Meanwhile, San Francisco returned two Drew Brees interceptions for touchdowns and sacked the future Hall of Fame quarterback five times. 

    With the No. 1 overall defense in the NFL and an offense that is suddenly looking scary, San Francisco is now one of the favorites to make a return trip to New Orleans in February. 

Seattle Seahawks

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    Record: 6-5

    Postseason Chances: 40 Percent

    It may sound like a broken record, but the Seattle Seahawks are not going to contend in the NFC if they cannot win on the road. 

    Following its 24-21 loss to Miami, Seattle has now lost 15 of its 21 games away from the Pacific Northwest since Pete Carroll took over as head coach in 2010. Needless to say, that just won't get it done. 

    While Seattle does stand at 6-5 and holds the final playoff spot in the NFC, it is in an even more precarious position following the unfortunate news that broke on Sunday. 

    According to various reports, starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman have been suspended for four games each for performance-enhancing drugs. If they don't win their appeals, this is going to be a tremendous blow to Seattle's playoff aspirations. 

    Seattle currently sits three games behind the San Francisco 49ers in the loss column with five games remaining. Its only hope at earning a playoff berth is probably through the wild card. 

    At least Seattle has found its quarterback of the future in the form of Russell Wilson, who continues to show the NFL that he can be a Pro Bowl-caliber player at this level. 

St. Louis Rams

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    Record: 4-6-1

    Postseason Chances: Nine Percent

    Rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned two interceptions for a touchdown as the St. Louis Rams defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 31-17, on Sunday. It was their first victory since a Week 5 win over the very same Cardinals. 

    Not too often can a team go six weeks without winning a game and remain in the playoff race. While St. Louis shouldn't be considered contenders yet, it is important to note that it stands just a game back in the loss column from the No. 6 seed in the NFC. 

    Will the Rams make the postseason? Not this season. They have, however, proven themselves to be much more competitive than most people thought they would be at the start of the season. 

    A win against the San Francisco 49ers next week, definitely a difficult task, would prolong the Rams' slim playoff hopes. A loss would force them to play out the string and look forward to the offseason. 

Arizona Cardinals

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    Record: 4-7

    Postseason Chances: One Percent

    The Arizona Cardinals have now lost seven consecutive games and are completely out of the NFC playoff race. While this isn't too surprising considering their quarterback situation, Arizona did start the season with four consecutive wins. 

    Issues remain behind center and along the offensive line. Until those two shortcomings are fixed, Arizona will have zero shot at contention in the NFC West. 

    In reality, we are looking at a team that, once again, needs to go out there and find a capable quarterback to throw the ball to a butt-load of talented receivers. Arizona's defense is strong, and it has a nice foundation of skill position players on offense. 

    The pieces are in place. It is now up to the Cardinals front office to go upgrade these two glaring holes. Do you have faith that they will? 

Atlanta Falcons

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    Record: 10-1

    Postseason Chances: 99 Percent

    Finally, the Atlanta Falcons took on a pretty good opponent and came out on top. Prior to their 24-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, skeptics had come to the conclusion that the Falcons were among the worst 9-1 teams in recent history. 

    It was hard to argue against that point. 

    Atlanta had defeated the likes of the Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals (nine combined wins) by a total of nine points...all three of those games at home. 

    Skeptics will also point to just a one-point win against a Tampa Bay team that currently sits at 6-5. Still, Atlanta's ability to beat that streaking team on the road has to be considered impressive. 

    At 10-1, Atlanta is going to make the postseason and has a clear path to the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Its closest competitor, the San Francisco 49ers, are two games back in the win column with five games remaining. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Record: 6-5

    Postseason Chances: 40 Percent

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their first game since Week 7 with their loss to Atlanta Sunday. Josh Freeman and company remained competitive against one of the better teams in the NFL, but just fell short. 

    In the end, this loss pretty much ends any hopes that Tampa Bay will ride a long winning streak to the top of the NFC South. 

    The team is, however, right in the midst of the playoff race at 6-5 through 12 weeks. Freeman, Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson form one of the most dynamic offenses in the entire conference. 

    With games remaining against the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and the aforementioned Atlanta Falcons, it is going to be difficult for Tampa Bay to actually earn a postseason berth in 2012. 

    That being said, what head coach Greg Schiano and staff have done here is nothing less than extraordinary. Once again, the future appears to be bright in Tampa Bay just a year removed from a 4-12 season. 

New Orleans Saints

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    Record: 5-6

    Postseason Chances: 25 percent

    The bad news is that the New Orleans Saints were pretty much run off the field at home against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Drew Brees had two interceptions returned for touchdowns, as the Saints really couldn't get much going on the offensive side of the ball. 

    The good news is that it was only the Saints' second loss since the end of September, and both have come against elite teams.

    The better news is that a whole host of teams ahead of New Orleans in the NFC playoff race also lost in Week 12. The Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings all went down to defeat.

    New Orleans is pretty much right back where it was prior to the loss. It sits one game out of the playoffs with five weeks remaining.

    Anything is possible.

Carolina Panthers

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    Record: 3-8

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent

    Cam Newton played like the 2011 version of himself Monday night against Philadelphia. He threw two touchdowns, ran for two more and accumulated over 350 total yards in the 30-22 win. 

    The Carolina Panthers aren't going anywhere in the NFC, even after this win. They have dug too deep of a hole through the initial 12 weeks of the season. 

    From here on out, it is all going to be about maintaining a relatively high level of play and becoming more consistent on both sides of the ball. Carolina simply needs its young players, Newton included, to step up and show that they can actually be the core of a winning club. 

    That is what the rest of the season is all about. 

Chicago Bears

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    Record: 8-3

    Postseason Chances: 75 Percent

    The Chicago Bears bounced back from a disastrous loss last Monday against the 49ers by taking care of business against division rival Minnesota on Sunday. 

    Jay Cutler, returning after missing one week due to a concussion, played stellar football. Defensively, Chicago returned right back to form by forcing three Minnesota turnovers. 

    Equally as important for the Bears, they were able to sit back as the New York Giants throttled the Green Bay Packers in the night cap.

    Chicago now sits in first place in the NFC North with five weeks remaining. Its Week 15 matchup against the aforementioned Packers could very well decide the division. 


Green Bay Packers

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    Record: 7-4

    Postseason Chances: 55 Percent

    Well, that doesn't happen every day. The Green Bay Packers were completely run off the field by the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football. The game wasn't even close, as GB fell behind by three scores at the half. 

    Green Bay couldn't generate a pass rush against Eli Manning, who countered by picking apart its defense to the tune of three touchdowns and a 114.4 quarterback rating. 

    This game represented the second consecutive lackluster performance by a Packers team that now sits in second place in the NFC North. 

    They do maintain a hold on the No. 5 seed in the NFC and should be OK moving forward. That being said, Green Bay is in a precarious position, only up by one game over both the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the final playoff slot. 

    Another performance like this, and the masses will be worried. 


Minnesota Vikings

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    Record: 6-5

    Postseason Chances: 25 Percent

    I warned you about the Minnesota Vikings' tough schedule a couple weeks ago. It seems to be becoming a reality as we enter the home stretch. 

    Minnesota was destroyed by the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, falling out of playoff position in the NFC in the process. 

    The Vikings now have to take on the Green Bay Packers (twice), Houston Texans and the aforementioned Bears in four of its final five games. Anything less than a 3-2 record during that span will end any hopes of a surprise Minnesota visit to the postseason. 

    Nonetheless, it is important to note that the Vikings have already won twice as many games as they did last season and seem to be on an upward trajectory with a solid young roster. 

    Good times ahead for this franchise, even if they don't make the second season in 2012. 

Detroit Lions

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    Record: 4-7

    Postseason Chances: Three Percent

    While the Detroit Lions only sit two games out in the NFC playoff picture, they have a myriad different teams to leapfrog in order to be considered serious contenders. Equally as important, they have only five more games to do so. 

    Detroit's disheartening overtime loss to the Houston Texans, magnified by disastrous officiating and coaching decision(s), might have ended any hope that it makes the playoffs this year. 

    In reality, Detroit was never serious about making a second consecutive trip the postseason. It seems to have just too many holes on both sides of the ball to win on a consistent basis in one of the most difficult divisions in the NFL. 

    Let's see what head coach Jim Schwartz and Co. do during the offseason in order to fix these glaring holes. One thing is for sure: Staying healthy would sure help. 

New York Giants

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    Record: 7-4

    Postseason Chances: 70 Percent

    What a mighty impressive victory by the New York Giants on Sunday. They ran a Green Bay Packers team that had won five consecutive games off the field. Eli Manning seemingly wasn't touched all game long, as he threw three touchdowns and led New York to a commanding three-touchdown halftime lead. 

    Equally as important, the Giants proved to the NFC that they weren't going down in November, like we had seen too many times in the past.

    It was a huge win in the NFC East as well. A loss on Sunday night would have given both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys some glimmer of hope in the division. Instead of being just one game up on those two teams, New York holds a strong two-game lead. 

    I think we can venture to say that it is all about seeding for the Giants from here on out. While they will have a hard time catching the San Francisco 49ers (two games back in the loss column), New York could easily acquire the No. 3 seed heading into January.

Washington Redskins

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    Record: 5-6

    Postseason Chances: 35 Percent

    Don't look now, but the Washington Redskins are right in the thick of the NFC playoff picture. They won a second consecutive game by defeating the Dallas Cowboys in impressive fashion on Thanksgiving. 

    That performance showed a national audience that Washington might just be a bit further along than most people initially believed. 

    Most of the focus, and rightfully so, has gone to Robert Griffin III. What he has done over the last two games is nothing short of extraordinary. In fact, RGIII became the first rookie quarterback to throw four touchdowns in consecutive games. He also became the first Washington Redskins signal-caller to accomplish that feat. 

    Washington might have an uphill battle in the NFC, but the playoffs could be feasible this season. 


Dallas Cowboys

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    Record: 5-6

    Postseason Chances: 25 Percent

    Following their loss to the Washington Redskins on Thursday, there were many people who came to the conclusion that the Dallas Cowboys were finished. 

    Not so fast, my friend. 

    Losses by the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings gave Dallas new life on Sunday. 

    It now sits just one game back in the NFC playoff picture. 

    In order for Dallas to even have a shot to earn a postseason spot, it is going to need to get better pass protection for Tony Romo, who has been under constant duress all season long. If that happens, Dallas has a glimmer of hope. If not, it will be sitting at home come January. 

    At the very least, Jason Garrett's head coaching job appears to be safe for the next couple weeks. 

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Record: 3-8 

    Postseason Chances: Three Percent

    Monday night represented a typical performance for these Philadelphia Eagles. Their defense gave up two easy touchdowns early on, staking the Carolina Panthers to a 14-3 lead. Once back in the game, it was the turnovers that destroyed any hope that Philadelphia would win its first game since September. 

    Now that the Eagles are out of playoff contention, all attention will be turned to head coach Andy Reid's job security. Simply put, he is leading a team that continues to embarrass itself on a weekly basis. How much longer will the organization put up with it?

    At this point, I have a hard time believing that Reid will finish out the season. You can only be embarrassed so much. Whether it comes via resignation or firing, Reid will probably be out of a job in the relatively near future. 

    Philadelphia will then have to make a decision on how to move forward. It is quickly becoming apparent that the core of this team just isn't good enough. We could be looking at wholesale changes in the offseason. 


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