2011 NFL Playoffs: Who's on the Bubble for Week 6?

John MatheosContributor IIOctober 15, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles gets in the face of Frank Walker #41 of the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on December 28, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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As we approach the half-way mark of the 2011 NFL season, the majority of us are sitting with pen to paper scratching our heads.

Who would of ever thought that by Week 6 the Detroit Lions would be 5-0? Moreover, who  predicted the Buffalo Bills would have a winning record? It's confusing!

In Week 1 the majority of us probably had the Philadelphia Eagles to be a dominant force. (That surely turned out great for that organization.)

Anyhow, I'm not trying to condemn any team or insult the fans that may have a strong interest in these teams. The true inquiry is who with a losing record can still slip into a wild card or possibly win the division?

There's two NFL franchises who might pull it off. Are you ready?

The Minnesota Vikings (1-4) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1-4).

Take your time and laugh—now stop! What's hard to believe, if we look at the remainder of the schedule for the Vikings, we will see they match up pretty good.

Other than facing the Green Bay Packers twice, which I can see them splitting one of the two games, there's not that much holding them back from improving on a slow 2011 season.

Adrian Peterson revitalized himself with three pretty touchdowns in the first half against the ever so fading Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings defense responded by keeping the Cardinals to 10 points.

Donovan McNabb was a little shaky but kept the teams composure together with his leadership.

The rest of the schedule shows the Vikings playing teams who are in a little trouble as well. The Bears are falling apart at the line of scrimmage. This should give the Vikings two easy wins. Plus, they face the struggling Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, and a mediocre Oakland Raiders team.

The Vikings can go 9-2 the rest of the way, which would give them a 10-6 record and hopes of a wild card.

My next prediction is the Philadelphia Eagles. What an amazing team! Honestly, every true football enthusiast had the Eagles at the top of the standings. Am I wrong?

The only small error they may have made which I see being fixed by Week 6 was tampering with the team's chemistry.

Bringing in all the new acquisitions in the offseason was a good attempt to buy a Super Bowl. Coach Andy Reid placed an enormous amount of pressure on himself to be successful.

When Vince Young announced that he was apart of a "Dream Team," people in Eagles Nation felt the kiss of death.

But fans in Philadelphia, don't give up! No way, it's too early. Even though the Eagles are at 1-4, they have a lot of depth and leadership in that organization to pull through.

The Eagles play the Washington Redskins in Week 6, which I believe we will see the true skill of this organization. They will be 2-4 heading into a bye week and then play three straight home games, which should turn things around. The only hiccup I see in their way is the New England Patriots.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 49ers won 24-23.   (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Eagles should go 10-1 the rest of the way and should finish with an 11-5 record. The Eagles will seal another NFC East Division championship!


On the whole, I know I'm setting myself up for criticism, but give me a chance.

You may think I don't know anything, but wasn't I the one who said the Lions were playoff bound last January?

Have fun folks and have yourself a great week 6!