Home Stretch: How Do the NFC Divisions Stack Up With 6 To Go?
As the NFL officially plays ten games of football, the playoff heat begins. There are teams that can win their divisions win this week and divisions where teams are barely holding on.
Can the Saints win their division this week? How will the NFC East play out? Let's check out the 8 divisions and how they stack!
Minnesota Vikings: 9-1
Green Bay Packers: 6-4
Chicago Bears: 4-6
Detroit Lions: 1-9
It appears that with six to go, the Lions and Bears have lost playoff hopes. The Bears need to run the table to even have a wild-card hope and the Lions, well at least it not as bad as last year.
The Packers have slim hopes of winning this division, but they are only three games behind. The main problem is that they have been sweeped by the Vikings so being NFC North champs for 09 are pretty much doomed.
The positive is that the Packers are at the top of the wild-card race in the NFC. It really is a bummer that the Cheese-Heads don't have an O-Line.
Vikings win two more and they have the NFC North in the bag. Not to mention Brett's chances of being MVP which are high
Dallas Cowboys: 7-3
Philadelphia Eagles: 6-4
New York Giants: 6-4
Washington Redskins: 3-7
In my opinion, the NFC East is going to be the division settled in week 16 or 17. The Cowboys are 7-3 but have only scored 14 points in two games. That never looks good and not to mention they beat Washington by one point in Dallas.
The big thing in this division is that the three top teams all have division records of 2-1. With a big win against the Falcons the Giants stay in it. Their do-or-die game will be played in two weeks when they host the Cowboys. If they sweep the Cowboys, the Cowboys won't be NFC East winners.
The Eagles lost to Dallas in Philadelphia is a heart-breaker, but they have a chance to ruin the Giants hopes if they can defeat them in New York in week fourteen. Plus, beating the Redskins and Cowboys will boost their chances of winning this division
I think the Philadelphia Eagles win this division with a sweep of the rest of their division games and maybe one or two losses in their final six, but expect one or two wildcards to come out of this division. Probably the Cowboys and Giants.
New Orleans Saints: 10-0
Atlanta Falcons: 5-5
Carolina Panthers: 4-6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-9
The NFC South is practically settled. This past Sunday, everyone lost except the Saints. With the Falcons being five behind, a win on MNF against the Pats would give the Saints the NFC South.
The Falcons are 1-2 in their division games and it seems that even with a win at the Georgia Dome, they can't hold the Saints. The Saints would have to lose 6 straight and they would have to run the table. The Falcons do have good wild-card chances with at least four wins.
The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hopefully come back playing better next year.
The Saints have it all working for them. Drew for MVP, the NFC South, and they are the conference leader. They need to keep winning to keep that conference position to have that beloved home-field advantage
Arizona Cardinals: 7-3
San Francisco 49ers: 4-6
Seattle Seahawks: 3-7
St. Louis Rams: 1-9
Besides the Cardinals, this is a terrible division. The 49ers actually have a chance at winning this division though. If they can win at least five, they got it. The Cardinals have to play three more home games and they are terrible in Arizona. Plus, they have a game in San Francisco in week fourteen. So if the Cardinals can lose two and the 49ers can come through in week fourteen, they will have sweeped the Cardinals in the NFC West.
Other than that, the Seahawks and Rams don't have high hopes.