Updated Playoff Odds for Every Team After NFL Week 13

Vincent Frank@VincentFrankNFLCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

Updated Playoff Odds for Every Team After NFL Week 13

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    With Week 13 nearly in the books a total of four teams have now clinched their division as the NFL playoff picture seems to be clearing up a bit. 

    We already know that the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will take part in the second season in January. Now there are eight more spots to fill in the final four weeks of the regular year.

    Despite losing to the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers maintain the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC by virtue of a rare Seattle Seahawks road win over the Chicago Bears, who are now tied with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.

    Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys just made things a bit more interesting in the NFC East. Depending on the outcome of tonight's game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, we could be looking at a race down the stretch for the division title. No one would have thought that just a couple weeks ago.

    Today's article is going to focus on the playoff odds for all 32 teams around the National Football League. As has been the case in the past, I will focus on previous performances, where a specific team currently stands and remaining schedules when drawing a conclusion.

    Remember, this is nowhere near an exact science.

Denver Broncos

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    Record: 9-3

    Postseason Chances: 100 Percent (Clinched AFC West). 

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 18-30  

    With a potential MVP candidate in the form of Peyton Manning and one of the favorites to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award in Von Miller, the Denver Broncos are assuredly going to contend for a Super Bowl this season. 

    Miller returned an interception, the first of his career, for a touchdown, and Manning threw for three more scores in route to a 31-23 Denver win over a solid Tampa Bay Buccaneers team on Sunday at Mile High. 

    Denver, who clinched the AFC West with that win, received even better news when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. It is now just one game out of the all-important No. 2 seed in the conference. 

San Diego Chargers

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    Record: 4-8

    Postseason Chances: One Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 18-30 

    Philip Rivers threw a late-game interception on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, pretty much putting an end to any hopes that the San Diego Chargers had of making the postseason. 

    They have now lost four consecutive and seven of eight after starting the season 3-1. Needless to say, head coach Norv Turner's seat is about as hot as a molten rock running free through the universe. What a disgusting display by a team that has the talent to make the playoffs. 

    In the end it comes down to wins and losses. San Diego has won one game since the end of September. That's not going to get it done. 

Oakland Raiders

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    Record: 3-9

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent (Eliminated from playoff contention). 

    The good news is that the Oakland Raiders were actually competitive on Sunday. The bad news is that they lost at home against a substandard Cleveland Browns team in front of a relatively small audience. 

    Following the 20-17 loss, Oakland has now dropped five consecutive games by an average score of 38-19. First-year head coach Dennis Allen is definitely feeling the pressure on the sidelines in Oakland. He has led a team that just doesn't seem able to compete on a consistent basis. 

    Rebuilding or not, teams need to be able to compete week in and week out. Right now, Oakland lacks the talent and coaching to do so. 

    Following its loss on Sunday, Oakland is now mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. 

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Record: 2-10

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent (Eliminated from playoff contention). 

    What an inspiring win for the Kansas City Chiefs after tragedy struck the franchise and community the day before when linebacker Javon Belcher killed his girlfriend and committed suicide. 

    I really don't even know where to begin here. Should I even talk about football at this point? 

    As it is, Kansas City grabbed its first win since it beat the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. While it is clearly out of the playoff picture, Kansas City now has something to play for during the final four weeks of the season. It will now look to move on from the tragic events of this past weekend and become more united as a team, family and community. 

Houston Texans

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    Record: 11-1

    Postseason Chances: 100 Percent 

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 31-17

    While there really isn't a "best" team in the NFL through 13 weeks, I will say that the Houston Texans come extremely close to defining that term. 

    Following their 24-10 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the Texans are now clear front runners to grab the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC. 

    Houston was obviously helped by the Baltimore Ravens' home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and now sits two games up for that all-important home field advantage in the conference. 

    Equally as important, it was able to somewhat rest Arian Foster, who came into Week 13 with the most rushes in the league. He tallied just 14 attempts. This is something that Houston will definitely look to continue for the remainder of the season in order to keep him fresh for January.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Record: 8-4

    Postseason Chances: 75 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 28-20 

    What an amazing comeback for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. They were trailing the Detroit Lions by 12 points with less than three minutes remaining on Sunday before scoring two touchdowns and coming away with an electrifying victory. 

    While it wasn't a clean game by any stretch of the imagination, Indianapolis now sits a game up for the final spot in the AFC playoff picture. 

    Luck, who tallied nearly 400 passing yards and four touchdowns against Detroit, is currently on pace to break Cam Newton's single-season rookie passing mark. 

    Overall, Indianapolis has won six of its last seven after starting the season 2-3. Talk about momentum. 

Tennessee Titans

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    Record: 4-8

    Postseason Chances: Two Percent

    The Tennessee Titans checked out of the AFC playoff race following a 24-19 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12. This was apparent during their lackluster effort against the division-leading Houston Texans on Sunday. 

    Tennessee was down 24-3 before a meaningless touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Kenny Britt late in the third quarterback. Overall, it was an uninspiring performance for a team that has no real shot of accomplishing anything for the remainder of the season. 

    Locker, who threw three interceptions, will now have a four-game tryout to prove to Tennessee's brass that he is indeed the quarterback of the future. I guess that is what the rest of the season comes down to, gaining experience for the youngsters and looking to find a winning formula. 

    This is extremely disappointing considering that Tennessee came into the season with playoff expectations. 

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Record: 2-10

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent (Eliminated from playoff contention). 

    So much for momentum. 

    The Jacksonville Jaguars, coming off two solid performances in a row, laid a complete egg in their 34-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. 

    Chad Henne was riding a hot hand before he completed just 18-of-41 passes for 208 yards. Meanwhile, the Jaguars were able to accumulate just 50 yards on the ground with Maurice Jones-Drew still out of action. 

    Jacksonville is now 2-10 and tied with the Kansas City Chiefs in the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. 

    In even worse news, Jacksonville might be right back to the drawing board when it comes to finding a franchise quarterback, as it seems 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert just isn't the answer. That type of early-round draft failure can set a franchise back years. 

Baltimore Ravens

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    Record: 9-3

    Postseason Chances: 90 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 28-18

    Elite teams do not lose at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers without Ben Roethlisberger. Elite defenses don't let Charlie Batch come from behind in the fourth quarter after falling behind by seven. 

    It just doesn't happen. 

    On that note, the Baltimore Ravens are nowhere near elite status right now. They have struggled a great deal on the road and just laid an egg against Pittsburgh on Sunday. 

    What a costly loss it was. The New England Patriots have now bypassed them for the No. 2 overall seed in the AFC and own the tiebreaker. 

    Joe Flacco and company need to get it together relatively quickly if they want to be serious contenders for a conference championship moving forward. 

    On a somewhat related note, how the hell does the fourth quarter go by without Ray Rice touching the ball a single time? I am looking at you, Cam Cameron. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Record: 7-5

    Postseason Chances: 50 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 21-27

    What a mighty impressive victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday without Ben Roethlisberger, who missed a third consecutive game. 

    Pittsburgh was able to go into Baltimore and defeat the division-leading Ravens, as Charlie Batch led them back from a seven-point deficit in the final stanza. 

    The Steelers are now one game behind the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 5 seed and tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for the final playoff spot. 

    Depending on when Big Ben returns, Pittsburgh could easily ride this momentum for the remainder of the season. It goes up against the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns in its final four games. These are all matchups that the Steelers can win. 

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Record: 7-5

    Postseason Chances: 50 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 25-23

    I am not sure who the Cincinnati Bengals were rooting for from the sideline when looking at the score between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. 

    On one hand, Cincinnati is now just two games back in the AFC North with four games remaining. On the other hand, it would be on the outside looking in if the playoffs started today. 

    Good thing for it they don't. 

    Cincinnati forced two key fourth-quarter turnovers in its 20-13 road win against a free-falling San Diego Chargers team. While Andy Dalton didn't continue his stellar play, BenJarvus Green-Ellis stepped up once again at running back. He tallied 132 total yards on 29 touches. 

    Overall, Cincinnati has now won four consecutive games after losing its previous four outings. Talk about up and down. 

    It now has two winnable games against the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles before an important two-game stretch against Pittsburgh and Baltimore. 

    Cincinnati controls its own destiny at this point. 

Cleveland Browns

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    Record: 4-8

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent

    I couldn't be more impressed by this team right now. The Cleveland Browns have now won three consecutive games for the first time since 2009. 

    While it won't be enough to get them into playoff contention, the Browns have a whole lot to look forward to. 

    Brandon Weeden seems to be in position to be their franchise quarterback and has played damn good football as a rookie. Trent Richardson is the No. 5 overall fantasy running back and Josh Gordon has stepped up big time at wide receiver. 

    There is a lot of young talent on the offensive side of the ball. I am really intrigued to see how these youngsters finish out the season. 

New England Patriots

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    Record: 9-3

    Postseason Chances: 100 Percent (Clinched AFC East). 

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 26-21-1

    The New England Patriots clinched their 11th AFC East Championship in 12 seasons when they defeated the upstart Miami Dolphins 23-16 on Sunday. 

    In what was a closer than anticipated outing, New England's defense stood up and yielded less than 300 total yards to the Dolphins. This was needed considering that Tom Brady had a rare off day. He completed just 24-of-40 passes and was intercepted for the first time since a Week 6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. 

    It is this type of performance that leads me to believe New England is the favorite to capture its second consecutive conference championship. It seems to be the most well-rounded team in the entire AFC at this point. 

    Being able to come through with a hard-fought win on the road against a division opponent when its quarterback isn't playing too great is a sign of this. 

Miami Dolphins

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    Record: 5-7

    Postseason Chances: 15 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 24-23-1

    The Miami Dolphins appear to be a year away from actually contending in the AFC East. They played a decent game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, but it was clear who the better team was on the football field. 

    At 5-7, Miami sits in a three-way tie for second in the division and is two games out of the final playoff spot. 

    The remainder of the season will be about getting Ryan Tannehill much-needed experience at quarterback and growing as a unit. 

    With games remaining against the San Francisco 49ers and New England, these young Dolphins will surely be tested. 

Buffalo Bills

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    Record: 5-7

    Postseason Chances: 12 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 22-25-1

    The Buffalo Bills laid the smackdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Their defense held Jacksonville to just 236 total yards and sacked Chad Henne a total of four times in the 34-18 win. 

    Meanwhile, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson put up 200 total yards, leading a balanced attack on the offensive side of the ball. 

    This was the type of performance that I expected when I predicted Buffalo to earn a surprise postseason spot in 2012. While that probably won't happen, at least it has something to build towards heading into the offseason. 

New York Jets

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    Record: 5-7

    Postseason Chances: Five Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 15-33

    It took the lowly Arizona Cardinals to come into The Meadowlands in order for the New York Jets to win their first home game since mid-October. 

    It wasn't pretty either. 

    Mark Sanchez was benched after he threw a total of three interceptions and was booed off the field on a consistent basis. Second-year quarterback Greg McElroy led New York to its only scoring drive upon replacing Sanchez. 

    In the end, New York took the game 7-6, but did little to prove skeptics wrong. This is a team that is lacking in nearly every aspect of the game and will have a tremendous amount of major decisions to make in the offseason. 

    None more so important than what to do at the quarterback position. Is Sanchez on his way out of town? That's the primary question here. 

AFC Playoff Standings and Current Matchups

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    1. Houston Texans (11-1) 

    2. New England Patriots (9-3) 

    3. Baltimore Ravens (9-3)  

    4. Denver Broncos (9-3) 

    5. Indianapolis Colts (8-4) 

    6. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) 


    7. Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) 

    8. New York Jets (5-7) 

    8. Buffalo Bills (5-7)

    8. Miami Dolphins (5-7) 

    Current Matchups

    Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 

    Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos 

San Francisco 49ers

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    Record: 8-3-1

    Postseason Chances: 95 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 25-23

    You can rest assured that the San Francisco 49ers will be looking for another kicker this week after David Akers missed yet another game-winning field goal attempt against the St. Louis Rams in overtime.

    That being said, San Francisco just didn't deserve to win on Sunday. It was clearly outcoached by the Rams coaching staff, made way too many mistakes and just didn't play good football. 

    While some will blame Colin Kaepernick for the loss, he wasn't the primary reason San Francisco came up short. Sure, the young quarterback made multiple mistakes throughout the game, but that is to be expected. 

    Instead, a bad offensive scheme and disastrous penalties are what held the 49ers back on Sunday. 

    As you can see here, the 49ers just seem unable to show up and play decent football every third game this season. 

    That's on the coaching. 

    The good news is that San Francisco still possesses the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC and will play host to the Miami Dolphins next week. 

Seattle Seahawks

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    Record: 7-5

    Postseason Chances: 60 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 22-24-2

    What a mighty impressive win for Pete Carroll and company on Sunday. I have been driving home the point that the Seattle Seahawks need to show they can win on the road in order to be considered legit playoff contenders in the NFC. 

    They did just that in their 23-17 overtime victory over the Chicago Bears. 

    Russell Wilson, continuing to play dominating football, tallied two more touchdown passes and accumulated another triple-digit quarterback rating in the process. 

    Seattle is now firmly entrenched as the No. 6 seed in the NFC, one game ahead of a bunch of teams at 6-6. Equally as important, it is only a game and a half behind the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. 

    Its Week 16 home game against San Francisco might take on an added importance depending on what each team does in the next two weeks. 

St. Louis Rams

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    Record: 5-6-1

    Postseason Chances: 10 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 24-24

    Don't look now, but the St. Louis Rams are now just one game back in the loss column in the NFC playoff picture after they defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 16-13, in overtime on Sunday. 

    While it wasn't a pretty win by any stretch of the imagination, St. Louis is now undefeated in what is quickly becoming a competitive division. 

    That being said, St. Louis has a challenging remaining schedule. It must go up against the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks on the road while hosting the Minnesota Vikings. 

    Anything short of a six-game winning streak to end the season will probably keep the Rams out of the postseason. 

Arizona Cardinals

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    Record: 4-8

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent


    I don't know how else to describe the Arizona Cardinals at this point in the season. They went into New York to take on an equally embarrassing Jets team and were able to come up with a total of six points. 

    Rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley completed 10-of-31 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. The fact that he averaged just over two yards per attempts is simply mind-numbing. Equally as disgusting, Arizona was 0-for-15 on third downs.

    Arizona has now lost eight consecutive games after starting the season 4-0. It is just playing out the string at this point and needs to find some type of offensive identity throughout the final four games. 

    As I indicated in a previous article, Arizona's biggest problem seems to be the quarterback position. Will it give Kevin Kolb another shot next season or go draft a quarterback? That's the real question haunting Ken Whisenhunt and company. 

Atlanta Falcons

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    Record: 11-1

    Postseason Chances: 100 Percent (Clinched NFC South). 

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 20-27

    The Atlanta Falcons have not been impressive by any stretch of the imagination in their last nine games, but still possess the best record in the NFC. They also got a huge amount of help when the St. Louis Rams upset the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. 

    By virtue of its victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, Atlanta has now clinched the NFC South. However, that isn't its real goal here. 

    It's Super Bowl or bust for this team. With an offense that consists of Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, this team is going to be hard to stop moving forward. 

    Equally as impressive, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has led what has to be considered one of the most improved units in the entire league. 

    Atlanta might be playing average football right now, but it still has won 11 of 12 games this season. Only one other team in the NFL can say that. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Record: 6-6

    Postseason Chances: 30 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 24-23-1

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be only one game out in the NFC playoff picture, but they have incredibly tough sledding moving forward. 

    Following their 31-23 loss to the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning on Sunday, the Buccaneers now must now go up against both the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons on the road in two of its final four games. 

    In reality, Tampa Bay will probably have to win three of its final four games to even have a shot at the playoffs. 

    With that in mind, this has been a successful season for first-year head coach Greg Schiano. He has helped build an identity on the offensive side of the ball with the likes of Josh Freeman, Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson. In fact, this unit promises to be one of the most dynamic in the NFL moving forward. 

    I just don't think it will be enough to earn them a postseason spot in 2012. 

New Orleans Saints

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    Record: 5-7

    Postseason Chances: Five Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 22-25

    I can't help but feel bad for the New Orleans Saints. They had to take on the two best teams in the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, in a four-day stretch. Not many teams would be able to come out of that with as much as one win. 

    The bad news for New Orleans is that it desperately needed to win one of those games, as it now stands two games out of the playoffs with four weeks remaining. 

    Drew Brees threw five interceptions against Atlanta in what has to be considered one of his worst performances of a Hall of Fame career. At this point, New Orleans just seems to be relying too much on its Pro Bowl quarterback. While that has worked in the past, it doesn't seem to be a winning formula in 2012. 

    Short of winning its final four games, an unlikely scenario, New Orleans will not be in contention for a playoff sport when January rolls around.

    It will then be a media circus in New Orleans as we attempt to figure out what the future holds for suspended head coach Sean Payton.

Carolina Panthers

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    Record: 3-9

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent (Eliminated from playoff contention). 

    By virtue of their poor performance against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Cam Newton and company are officially eliminated from playoff contention. 

    Considering that many had high expectations for Carolina heading into the season, this has to be considered a major disappointment. 

    While Newton has played some damn good football over the last two games, Carolina's success moving forward will depend heavily on his ability to mature as a player and become a true team leader. 

    Until that happens, Carolina seems earmarked for continued mediocrity. 

Green Bay Packers

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    Record: 8-4

    Postseason Chances: 75 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 22-26

    It wasn't the most impressive victory in the world, but I am sure the Green Bay Packers will take it after their disastrous performance against the New York Giants the week prior. 

    Green Bay's defense held Christian Ponder to 12-of-25 passes and intercepted the young quarterback twice en route to a 23-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. 

    Adrian Peterson was a different story. He absolutely dominated Green Bay's front seven to the tune of 210 yards on 21 rushes. That just isn't going to get it done if the Packers are serious about contending for a conference championship. 

    They did, however, get a lot of help from the Seattle Seahawks, who defeated the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Packers are now tied with Chicago for first in the NFC North through 13 weeks. 

    Their Week 15 game in Chicago might very well decide the division. As it is, Green Bay is two games up for the final playoff spot with four weeks remaining. 

Chicago Bears

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    Record: 8-4

    Postseason Chances: 75 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 22-26

    The Chicago Bears just couldn't afford to lose that game against the Seattle Seahawks at home yesterday, but they imploded when all was on the line at the end. 

    Chicago gave up a 14-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate with just 24 seconds remaining in regulation and another score from Wilson to Sidney Rice in overtime. Considering that Seattle has been horrendous on the road under Peter Carroll, this has to be a bitter pill to swallow. 

    The Bears are now in a first-place tie with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North and need to play much better football moving forward if they hope to be actual contenders come playoff time. 

    With only one win against a team currently over .500, Chicago might just be a bit overrated at this point. 

Minnesota Vikings

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    Record: 6-6

    Postseason Chances: 20 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 32-15-1

    As I indicated in an article a few weeks ago, the Minnesota Vikings are in deep trouble in the NFC playoff race due to their tremendously difficult schedule. 

    Following its 23-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Minnesota has now dropped four of its last five games and sits a full game behind the Seattle Seahawks for the final playoff spot. 

    Nearly as damning, Minnesota still must go up against the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans as well as the aforementioned Packers in three of its final four games. 

    On a completely unrelated note, I am not too entirely sure that Adrian Peterson is from this world. He tallied 210 yards against Green Bay yesterday and is currently on pace to surpass 1,900 rushing yards after tearing up his knee less than a calendar year ago. 

    That's simply amazing. 

Detroit Lions

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    Record: 4-8

    Postseason Chances: One Percent

    Put a fork in them; they're done. The Detroit Lions imploded late in the game yesterday against the Indianapolis Colts. Their defense yielded two touchdowns in the final three minutes of play as Andrew Luck led the Colts from a double-digit deficit to an improbable win. 

    As has been the case all season, Detroit relies too much on the Matthew Stafford-to-Calvin Johnson connection. While those two continue to play stellar football, other parts of the team just aren't up to snuff when it comes to contending. 

    What began as a promising season for Detroit has turned ugly in the matter of months. It must now find more talent on both sides of the ball in order to bounce back next season and become a viable playoff contender once again. 

New York Giants

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    Record: 7-5

    Postseason Chances: 55 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 28-20 

    That wasn't the most inspiring performance for the New York Giants, who are now just one game ahead of both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. 

    The Giants ended up tallying a total of nine penalties in their 17-16 road loss to Washington. Some of the penalties were damning. An intentional grounding call on Eli Manning stalled what looked like a touchdown scoring drive in the second quarter. Lawrence Tynes ended up missing the field goal, which might have very well proved to be the difference in the game. 

    Not only is New York just one game up in the division, it isn't anywhere near guaranteed a playoff spot with the Seattle Seahawks possessing the same record and a myriad of different teams at 6-6. 

    New York has the toughest remaining schedule in the division. It has to go up against the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints in its next three games. 

Washington Redskins

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    Record: 6-6

    Postseason Chances: 45 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 22-26

    Now that was an impressive victory for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. The rookie quarterback needed to lead his team to a victory over the defending Super Bowl Champions in order to remain in contention in the NFC playoff race and the division. 

    While it was perfect by any stretch of the imagination, Washington came out ahead and really laid the hammer down on national television. It pretty much said that the time is now, not next season or in 2014, for this team to contend. 

    Washington now has four winnable games remaining on its schedule. It hosts a Baltimore Ravens team that struggles on the road next week before taking on two substandard teams in the form of the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles on the road. 

    Washington then finishes out its regular season at home against the Dallas Cowboys in a game that might have some playoff implications after all. 

Dallas Cowboys

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    Record: 6-6

    Postseason Chances: 29 Percent

    Remaining Strength of Schedule: 24-23

    What a gritty performance by Tony Romo on Sunday Night Football. Up against it with their playoff hopes on the line, the embattled quarterback completed all 10 of his second-half passes for three touchdowns en route to an impressive comeback victory. 

    But it is still important to note that Dallas did this against a Philadelphia Eagles team that has not won a game since September and was missing its top three offensive players. In order for Dallas to prove that it is a viable contender, it must go out there next week against the Cincinnati Bengals and show it can play against the big boys. 

    Until then, the postseason is just a pipe dream for this under achieving team. 

    As it is, Dallas would be just one game behind the New York Giants if they fall to the Washington Redskins tonight. That's surprising to say the least. 

Philadelphia Eagles

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    Record: 3-9

    Postseason Chances: Zero Percent. 

    At least the Philadelphia Eagles showed up and competed Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. While it wasn't enough to end a losing streak that now sits at eight, it showed that the Eagles still have a little fight left in them. 

    Nick Foles played decent football, and Bryce Brown, despite a costly fumble in the fourth quarter, had another dominating outing in his second consecutive start. 

    Another loss or two, and we could see Andy Reid get the old heave-ho. 

NFC Playoff Standings and Current Matchups

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    1. Atlanta Falcons (11-1) 

    2. San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1)

    3. Green Bay Packers (8-4) 

    4. New York Giants (7-5)

    5. Chicago Bears (8-4) 

    6. Seattle Seahawks (7-5) 


    7. Washington Redskins (6-6) 

    8. Minnesota Vikings (6-6) 

    9. Dallas Cowboys (6-6) 

    10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)

    11. St. Louis Rams (5-6-1)

    12. New Orleans Saints (5-7)

    Current Matchups

    Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

    Chicago Bears at New York Giants 

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