Washington Redskins (6-6)
Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to a 17-16 Monday Night Football victory over a strong Giants team that embarrassed the Packers in Week 12.
The rookie signal caller has been electric on the ground and through the air and broke Cam Newton's record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback with his prime time performance. The Redskins potential seems unlimited with RG3 under center. He even turned a fumble into a highlight reel touchdown!
Washington has a tough matchup with Baltimore next week at home, but then face the Browns and Eagles in two very winnable games. The NFC East is setting up to be a race that comes down to the wire.
Dallas Cowboys (6-6)
The Cowboys won a shootout with the lowly Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football, but they have not looked like a playoff-caliber team. The talent is there, but something is missing.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys have a fairly tough schedule to wrap up the season (Bengals, Steelers, Saints and Redskins).
Could Dallas make a run for a playoff spot? Yes, but with the Giants playing well and the Cowboys a game behind the Seahawks and Bears, I wouldn't put my money on it.
Minnesota Vikings (6-6)
The Vikings have been an up-and-down team. In their six wins, the Vikings have looked great, most notably against the 49ers in Week 3 and the Lions in Week 10.
The Vikings have the hardest schedule of all the NFC teams in the playoff hunt, with the Bears, Packers and Texans all remaining on the docket. It would not be surprising if the Vikings finished the season a few games under .500.
Adrian Peterson is the NFL's leading rusher, but there are too many holes on the roster, especially with Percy Harvin out.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)
After reeling off four wins in a row, the Bucs have narrowly lost consecutive games to the berth-clinching Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos.
Tampa Bay's defense is a strange unit. It is allowing the most passing yards in the NFL but has surrendered the fewest rushing yards, a league-best 82.3 per game.
Rookie running back Doug "The Muscle Hamster" Martin has impressed, and Josh Freeman is looking like the quarterback of the future the Bucs expected when they drafted him four seasons ago.
A rematch with the Falcons in Week 17 will likely decide the fate of the Bucs. Luckily for them, Atlanta has locked up a playoff spot and may be resting starters the final week of the season.
St. Louis Rams (5-6-1)
The Rams are still in the playoff hunt. The team's overtime win Sunday against the 49ers was their landmark victory of the season and showed the team's potential.
Four of the Rams' five wins (and one tie) have come against division rivals. Outside of those games, the Rams have played poorly.
They are only 1-3-1 on the road, and three of the Rams' final four games are away from home.
Jeff Fisher has the Rams going in the right direction, but they will probably need another season before they are legitimate playoff contenders.