Like most seasons, the NFC tends to provide for some questionable playoff teams from the regular seasons and some unlikely playoff runs.
This year is shaping up to be much of the same.
The two bulls in the Conference are the Saints and Vikings, and nobody comes close. The Vikings for one are 9-1 and that one loss could well be argued as a stolen victory. They have in essence been flawless while the Saints have countered some scares.
The Cardinals seem locked to win another division title while the NFC East, is the NFC East.
Here is my prediction of the seedings and possible outcomes.
No. 1. Saints
The Final Record- With the Monday Night matchup of the season, the Saints could drop to 10-1, or continue their quest for perfection. It probably is the nostalgia in me hungry for an undefeated team, but I do pick the Saints to finish 16-0, there are other factors involved in this, a big one being the 9-1 Vikings. Minnesota may well finish 15-1 and so the Saints may just have to keep on winning out of necessity.
The Playoff Run- The ultimate hope of every NFL fan should be to see an 18-0 vs. 18-0 matchup in the Super Bowl, if of course your team is out of the Super Bowl picture already. That I do not see happening, I expect a Vikings vs. Saints NFC Championship game and I expect Favre to make good.
No. 2. Vikings
The Final Record- Favre's late season statistical collapses precede him and while I don't expect what happened last year to repeat, I do not see the Vikings finishing 15-1, I see a 14-2 final record good enough for 2nd in the Conference.
The Playoff Run- I may have ruined my prediction with the statement about the Saints, but such is life, I do pick the Vikings to get to the Super Bowl, but beyond that I save for another time.
No. 3. Cardinals
The Final Record- No, the Cowboys won't implode, but they won't get the third overall seed, the Cardinals should finish no worse than 11-5.
The Playoff Run- It's hard to see Warner pull another long run this year's playoffs, but it's far from impossible. Their poor record at home however makes me lean towards a Wild Card loss.
No. 4. Eagles
The Final record- Yes, I'm picking the Eagles to take the NFC East, and I foresee a 10-6 final record.
The Playoff Run- They will win at home and get to at least the Divisional round, I just don't see Super Bowl for McNabb, sadly yet again. There is big reason to pick McNabb to win at least one playoff game given he's never gone one and done.
No. 5. Cowboys
The Final Record- They'll get into the playoffs but I think they go on a 2-4 record their last six. Oh Romo, you're not a good closer.
The Playoff Run- Their won't be any, Romo will go 0-3, but hey, cheer up, Peyton Manning lost his first four playoff games.
No. 6. Falcons
The Final Record- Don't hate me Packer fans, I just think Atlanta has four games in the win column, not a given but I just see them finishing 9-7, perhaps beating out the Packers in a tiebreak.
The Playoff Run- Remember what I said about the Cardinals losing in the Wild Card round? Watch Matt Ryan get revenge and win his first playoff game, beyond that, I don't see good things.
I'm picking the Giants to lose to Denver, well somebody has to. Then consequent losses to the COWBOYS and Eagles will put the Giants in jeopardy at 6-7. Wins against the Skins and Panthers should happen but ultimately, the Vikings will make a blowout big enough in the first half to win the game with backups.
As I said, I pick the Packers to just lose out on a playoff spot. I think a three-game losing streak starting with the Ravens in Week 13 and continuing with the Bears and Steelers will be the monster that sets the team back.